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Carla E. Lucchino, MSISE ’82, graduated from Ohio University with a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1982. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College.
Lucchino began her 25-year career with the U.S. Department of Defense as an industrial engineer in the machine shops of the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, N.Y., before overseeing design, development and production of airborne and ground-based radar systems at the Air Force Plant Representative Office at Westinghouse in Baltimore.
After assignments at the Air Force Systems Command and the Defense Office at Westinghouse, Lucchino was recruited into the Defense Logistics Agency and served as assistant chief of operations management, the assistant executive director of information management, and the staff director of the corporate performance office.
In 1997, Lucchino became deputy commander of the Defense Contract Management Office at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif. She oversaw a team of 126 military and civilian personnel that helped design and produce satellites and missiles for the both the Defense Department and NASA, a $36 billion portfolio that included airborne laser and satellite systems, missile technology and the Hubble Telescope.
In 1999, Lucchino was promoted to the senior executive service and made comptroller and executive director of financial and business operations at the Defense Contract Management Agency, where she oversaw $973 billion in weapon system contracts. Since 2002, she has served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant in Installations and Logistics at the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. The equivalent of a major general, she presides over all logistics, installations, contracting, small business, business process improvements, and outsourcing, and oversees the ground equipment depot system during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lucchino remains active with the Russ College as a member of the Board of Visitors and as a member of Ohio University’s Board of Advisors. She has won several performance awards including two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.