Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Gilbert F. Decker

Gilbert F. Decker
Member of the Board of Visitors


Gilbert F. Decker is a private consultant for several clients including the Boeing Corporation, the United States Navy, and Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was previously the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Production.

Professional Experience

Mr. Decker served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before becoming a private consultant, he held several distinguished positions, including President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company, President and CEO of Acurex Corporation, and Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research, Development, and Acquisition.

Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and on the Board of Army Science & Technology at the National Academy of Sciences. He acts as the Director of Alliant TechSystems, Anteon Corporation, and the Allied Research Corporation. Mr. Decker is also a Trustee for the Hertz Foundation and for the Association of the US Army.


Mr. Decker holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The John Hopkins University and a Master of Science, Operations Research, from Stanford University. He undertook his military education at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.