- BS Metallurgical Engineering 1983
Susan Kiehl ‘83 is the Vice President of Product Development – F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group (IFG), for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, based in Fort Worth, Texas. She is responsible for the development, test, management, execution and delivery of IFG technical solutions and products.
Previously, Ms. Kiehl served as Vice President, F-35 Earned Value & Performance Excellence for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where she was responsible for the F-35 business rhythm, ensuring timely, accurate, and compliant program execution and finance, scheduling, and program management products.
Ms. Kiehl has held various leadership roles since joining Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in 1984. As the Vice President, Program Management from 2010 - 2012, she was responsible for the workforce development, program assist, and the planning, processes, and tools necessary for the program teams to implement perfect performance. In addition, Ms. Kiehl was responsible for the Earned Value Management process for Aeronautics. As Director, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter International Business Development from 2008 to 2009, she managed the capture efforts for the eight international partner countries and for on-going and future Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for the F-35. She served for five years as Director, F-16 Greece, Poland, and Italy Programs, with responsibility for managing all contractual obligations associated with these programs, including design, development, build, and delivery of aircraft. Earlier roles included Director, Business Development Operations and as Team Lead for F-16 Airframe Integration. She also has been a member of the Materials and Processes Engineering team.
In addition, she is a board member for a small engineering firm, Brechting Bridge and Engineering.
Ms. Kiehl holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas. She remains active with Michigan Tech, serving as the first aerospace industry member on the Michigan Tech College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and as a member of the Michigan Tech Presidential Council of Alumnae
“Michigan Tech provided me a wonderful education and equipped me with the necessary foundation to excel in the workplace,” Kiehl says. “We visited Houghton every summer growing up. There was never any question where I wanted to go to college.” In addition to her own ties to Michigan Tech, her grandfather, Gilly Boyd, taught at the university; her father, Frank Brechting, earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from the school; and her brother, Frank, also graduated from Michigan Tech.
Kiehl is involved in church activities and Alzheimer’s work. For entertainment, she runs, swims and does hot yoga, and relishes what she calls “the joys of children.” She has three – Sam, Lilli and Isabelle. The family resides in Fort Worth.
Updated December 2014