SDL taps Holt for director

By Kim Burgess
The Herald Journal
November 18, 2009
Niel Holt

Niel Holt

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab has selected a veteran employee as its new director.

Niel Holt, who has been with SDL for 20 years, became the organization’s director on Nov. 13. He will lead a 340‐employee team with headquarters in North Logan and locations in several other states that include Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, D.C.

“I am excited,” Holt said. “We have great people here and great technology.”

He added that he hopes to continue with the goals and strategies laid out by former director Doug Lemon.

Lemon became SDL’s director in 2008 and now holds the title executive vice president and director of laboratories at the USU Research Foundation (USURF), a nonprofit corporation that manages SDL. USURF focuses on applied research and development, advancement of innovative technology, and the development and implementation of complex systems for the government and industry.

“Throughout the 20 years that Niel has been with SDL, he continuously outperforms on every program, illustrating his strong commitment to our customers, partners and employees,” Lemon said. “Niel’s leadership is ideally suited to guide SDL to continued success.”

Holt’s most recent assignment at SDL was as director for its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems business division.

In another change, Lemon named James Marshall to an expanded business development role to better support USURF’s growth. Marshall is currently director of business development for SDL but will now provide oversight and integration of business development operations for the recently‐created Energy Dynamics Laboratory as well. The EDL is also managed by USURF.

“(Marshall) will leverage his broad government and industry expertise to support the efforts of both business units,” Lemon said.

SDL is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while the Energy Dynamics Laboratory is approaching its first anniversary


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