Ralph Giffin III (rgiffin)

Ralph Giffin III

Senior Research Fellow

General Information

Ralph Giffin has over twenty-five years of professional experience in executive leadership and management. He currently serves as Associate Provost at Stevens Institute of Technology and Distinguished Service Professor within the School of Systems and Enterprises. Mr. Giffin’s responsibilities include operational leadership of the Institute and teaching graduate-level courses for the School of Systems and Enterprises, whose sponsors include IBM, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, L-3, Sandia National Labs, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, NASA, NSA, and FAA. Prior to joining Stevens in 2006, Mr. Giffin held a number of executive management positions at Lockheed Martin. His most recent position was Vice President for Operations at Lockheed Martin Simulations, Training & Support. He also served as the senior Lockheed Martin procurement executive responsible for the global source selection of all maintenance and support equipment for the Joint Strike Fighter Program. He successfully led a number of company initiatives including the expansion of lean manufacturing and six-sigma into the Lockheed Martin manufacturing and supplier base, the successful implementation of an Enterprise company IT system, and focused growth of a wholly-owned manufacturing business based in La Mesa, Mexico, where he served as the company’s Sole Administrator. Mr. Giffin previously was responsible for Lockheed Martin’s Underwater Business Unit’s functional supportability organization with division-wide charter including supportability engineering and logistics planning. The predominate focus was on open systems, COTS-based programs including the Next Attack Submarine Program (C3I system integrator) and the Navy’s Fixed Distributed System. The organization also supported a broad base of space, air, surface, and underwater programs. He successfully led an organizational re-engineering, enabling the transition from logistics engineering and support of traditional fully developed Mil-Spec products to supportability engineering and support of COTS-basedweapons systems. Mr. Giffin has authored and co-authored a number of publications addressing COTS supportability and issues related to the support of COTS intensive weapons systems. Mr. Giffin served six years in the United States Naval Submarine Service. He is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s M&D Presidents Class program and holds a B.S. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Selected Publications

Conference Proceeding

  1. Lepore, D. F.; Gavito, V.; Verma, D.; Pennotti, M.; Robinson, B.; Giffin III, R.; Murphy, A.; Guth, B.; Dominick, P.; Larson, W.; Aaronson, Z.; Hutchinson, N. (2011). Developing the next generation of space technical leaders. 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 (vol. 10, pp. 8538-8548).


  1. Blackburn, M.; Peak, R. S.; Cimtalay, S.; Baker, A.; Ballard, M.; Rhodes, D. H.; Bone, M.; Dzielski, J.; Giffin III, R.; Kruse, B.; Smith, B.; Austin, M.; Coelho, M. (2019). Transforming Systems Engineering through Model-Centric Engineering (SERC-2019-TR-005 ed.). SERC.