Nannette Wright

Distinguished Mechanical Engineer, 2022
B.S., Environmental Health, Purdue University, 1988
M.S., Health Physics, Purdue University, 1990
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Nuclear), The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

Dr. Nannette Wright is Senior Director, Program Management for Electro Optical Sensors L3Harris Technologies. Dr. Wright joined the company in May of 2022 to manage the Passive Sensor Portfolio which includes SPEIR, Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), and a cross sector Electro Optical IRAD project focused on advancing EO technology. Nannette is accountable for all aspects of the portfolio, including development, financial, technical, production, and contractual compliance. Nannette reports to the President, Electro Optical Sector, Integrated Mission Systems.

Before joining L3Harris, Dr. Wright was Director of Strategic Initiatives Program Management Excellence at Raytheon Technologies. In this role, she drove integrated risk and opportunity management during program start-up. Nannette was also a change agent for strengthening risk and opportunity management practices throughout the program life-cycle and she accomplished this through a strong partnership with functional organizations. Dr. Wright supported the Advanced Technology mission area by incorporating best program management practices and tailoring them as appropriate to ensure rapid innovation and growth.

Prior to joining Raytheon Technologies, Nannette spent 17 years with Lockheed Martin in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including conducting in -depth technical audits of programs to identify risks, opportunities and help develop return to green plans, or share best practices across the corporation. Prior to this role, Dr. Wright was the Technical Director responsible for the development, testing, and deployment of Aegis Missile Defense models, stimulators, and simulators. Nannette was a Program Manager for Coast Guard and Homeland Security Programs and she started her career at Lockheed Martin as a project manager on AEGIS C4ISR IRAD projects.

Nannette’s early career was spent working for a Department of Energy contractor as a program scientist at Pantex, the final assembly and disassembly point for all nuclear weapons in the US Stockpile.
Nannette served as the Chair for the State of New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund from 2014-2018, served on the Board of Directors for Urban Promise and New Jersey Million Women Mentors, and DEI Advisory Committee for the Acton Boxborough Regional High School. Dr. Wright is also a proud member of Women in Defense.

Dr. Wright has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Nuclear) from the University of Texas and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Health Physics from Purdue University.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.