Membership & Alliances Chair Elect (2 of 2)
Organization: Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Title: Corporate University Relationship Manager
- Membership Years: 1 - 2 years
- Committees: Membership & Alliances, Conference Programming
- Board Experience: None
- Mid-Winters Attended: 1
David Liaw is a Corporate University Relationship Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation. David joined Northrop Grumman in 2013 through the Future Technical Leaders program, a featured rotational program. Within the FTL program, he has worked across the program lifecycle from working in business process development and UI development to working in Systems Engineering I&T. Prior to joining University Relations, David worked in the Corporate Engineering office focused on developing, strengthening, and executing our strategy, priorities, and initiatives. David earned his B.S., M.S., and PhD from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Electromagnetics with research conducted in Space Sciences and Plasma Sciences.
As a proud member of NACRO since I first heard about it when I started in my role in University Relations, I see NACRO as an invaluable community for those of us in the University – Industry ecosystem, especially those of us focused on strengthening partnerships. While I believe that NACRO should focus on Corporate Relations, I also believe that there is a voice that industry can contribute. The steps that NACRO has made in just the last couple of years to encourage industry participation has shown me that the NACRO community also believes that and motivates me to grow my participation.
I believe that as a board member I would have the opportunity to take the next step in growing my contribution to this community, and if I were to be elected as the first industry member I recognize that there is a high expectation to meet. However, I feel if elected as a Membership & Alliances Chair, I would have the opportunity to grow our membership in areas where we are lacking, especially from industry and Universities that do not have as mature of a corporate relations function such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And I look forward to continuing to strengthen the alliances we have with organizations such as UIDP and CASE.
Significant NACRO Contribution
Co-Chair of Academic Membership Subcommittee, and overall advocacy of NACRO internally and externally to industry and University partners.