Ernst Volgenau is the Chairman of SRA International Inc., a company he founded in 1978. SRA is an information technology consulting and systems integration company primarily serving the federal government. The firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (SRX). Since its founding, SRA has sustained rapid growth and now exceeds 6,800 employees.
Dr. Volgenau has 40 years of experience analyzing, designing, and developing large technological systems of all types. He was commissioned as an Air Force lieutenant in 1955. In the late 1960s and mid 1970s, he was an analyst and team leader in the Office of the Secretary of Defense conducting large-scale weapon system and command structure analyses. From 1970-74 he held positions as manager of software and database development and later program manager for a very large computer system. He was also Director of Data Automation for the Air Force Logistics Command. He retired as a colonel in 1976 after 20 years of service in the Air Force.
From 1976-78, Dr. Volgenau was Director of Inspection and Enforcement in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In this position, he managed an office of about 700 engineers and physicists that inspected all of the commercial nuclear power plants under construction and in operation in the United States.
Dr. Volgenau's awards include the Legion of Merit (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal from the Air Force; the Distinguished Service Award and Equal Employment Opportunity Award from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Executive of the Year in 2005 presented by Northern Virginia GovCon; a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 from the National Capital Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth; the Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Washington Region) in 2006 presented by Ernst & Young; and the Virginia Outstanding Industrialist of the Year in 2007, presented by the Science Museum of Virginia.
Dr. Volgenau received a PhD in Engineering in 1966 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Dr. Volgenau is a professional engineer, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a graduate of the Air Force astronaut course. For eight years he taught graduate courses in electrical engineering, computer systems, and operations research at the University of California at Los Angeles, American University, and George Washington University.
Dr. Volgenau is rector of the Board of Visitors.