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Lydia Waters Thomas, Ph.D.
Board Member, Northern Virginia Technology Council
President and CEO, Mitretek Systems, Inc.
Lydia Waters Thomas, PhD. was elected as Mitretek Systems president and chief executive officer in July 1996. Prior to Mitretek Systems, Dr. Thomas was with The MITRE Corporation from 1973 to 1996 where she held a series of technical and management positions spanning the areas of energy, environment, health, and communications systems. In 2003, Dr. Thomas was appointed to serve as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. She serves as a member on the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, and the Virginia Governor’s Higher Education Summit Steering Committee. She has recently joined the Northern Virginia Technology Council as a member of the Board of Directors. She is a trustee of George Washington University and a Corporate Member of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.. Dr. Thomas is on the Advisory Board of the Research and Technology Campus of George Washington University in Virginia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Superintendent’s Business/Industry Advisory Council for Fairfax County Public Schools, the International Women’s Forum, the American Society of Toxicology; the American Defense Preparedness Association/National Defense Industrial Association American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow); the Conference Board, and the Teratology Society.

Dr. Thomas was awarded the 2003 Black Engineer of the Year Award, received a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation for her contributions to the technology economy in Fairfax County, awarded the 1991 Deans' Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference; and presented the "Ebone" Image Award by The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Northern Virginia Chapter, for outstanding achievement in the public service. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Cytology from Howard University, an MS in Microbiology from American University, and a BS in Zoology from Howard University.

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