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Renso Caporali Of Clarence, N.Y., Elected To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees: Former Raytheon And Grumman Exec Is "Father Of The Navy F-14 Tomcat"
Renso L. Caporali of Clarence, N.Y., retired senior vice president, Engineering and Business at Raytheon Company, has been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees. Caporali, who left as chairman and chief executive officer of Grumman Corporation in 1994, has been called "the father of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat," the U.S. Navy's premier carrier-based fighter.
Caporali retired from Raytheon Company in April, where he had served as senior vice president, Engineering and Business Development since 1995. While at Raytheon, Caporali was initially responsible for corporate marketing. In January 1997 he assumed additional responsibility for corporate engineering and acquired the duties of corporate chief engineer. He provided management direction for the engineering functions throughout Raytheon, as well as assisting the chairman and CEO on a broad range of special assignments involving all facets of Raytheon's business.
Prior to this, Caporali was with Grumman Corporation for 35 years. He began his distinguished career with Grumman in 1959 as a structural flight test engineer and subsequently rose through numerous positions of increasing responsibility. In 1985, Grumman elected him president of its Aircraft Systems Division, after which he was elected to serve on the Grumman Corporation board of directors effective in 1986. In 1988, he was elected vice chairman, corporate technology, and in 1990, he was elected chairman and chief executive officer, retaining that position until 1994.
Caporali has been chairman of the board of the Aerospace Industries Association and a member of its board of governors and executive committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (DPACT) and executive committee. He serves on the board of directors of AMBAC Finance, Inc.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awarded Caporali the Flight Test Fellowship Award for study at Princeton University in 1961; in 1988 he was elected an AIAA Fellow. In Aprilof 1992 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1993 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and received the Navy League's 13th Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award. He is also a member of the Navy League's National Advisory Council.
In addition to his numerous professional activities, Caporali has been an active Clarkson University alumnus. He has served as an Engineer in Residence and as a member of the School of Engineering Advisory Council. In 1985 he was awarded Clarkson University's most prestigious alumni award, the Golden Knight Award, and received an honorary degree from Clarkson in 1994. He previously served on the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1994.
Caporali received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University. He continued his education at Princeton University, earning two master's degrees and aPh.D. in aeronautical engineering. He also has attended Harvard's advanced management program. In 1992, Business Week magazine described Caporali as "America's most-educated CEO."
From 1954 to 1958 he served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator.