February 13, 2012

Victoria Haynes Elected to National Academy of Engineering


  • RTI International President and CEO Victoria Franchetti Haynes was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Academy membership recognizes outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education
  • Haynes's career spans 34 years in the fields of science, technology and engineering
  • She has led RTI since 1999

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Victoria F. Haynes
Victoria Haynes

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Victoria Franchetti Haynes, president and CEO of RTI International, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to scientists and engineers. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology. Honorees have made major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

“Victoria’s election as a member of this prestigious organization is a testament to her passionate pursuit of scientific research, development and commercialization,” said James A. Trainham, Ph.D., vice president of strategic energy programs at RTI International, and also a member of the NAE.  “Since becoming RTI's president, Victoria has focused on commercializing RTI's intellectual properties and globalizing its operations, expanding the reach and impact of RTI’s research.”

Haynes has led RTI International since 1999, more than tripling RTI’s revenue from $200 million to $777 million. During her tenure RTI has also acquired five companies, spun off three commercial technology companies, and established a separate business unit, called RTI Health Solutions, to serve the commercial pharmaceutical sector.

Her career spans 34 years in the fields of science, technology and engineering as a commercial research scientist and senior executive in research and development organizations.

Haynes has expertise in strategic business alignment and management of technology resources; the identification, evaluation and commercialization of emerging technologies for significant new business opportunities; and the development of science and technology in multidisciplinary organizations directed toward solving complex problems.

Haynes earned a doctorate degree in physical/organic chemistry and a master's degree in college teaching from Boston University, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the board of directors of Nucor Corporation, PPG Industries and Ziptronix. She also serves on advisory boards and committees for a number of universities and the federal government.