Dorothy Davidson

Dorothy Davidson, CEO of Davidson Technologies Inc., began her career in 1956 as a research mathematician with the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, during which time she was selected for the one-year management intern program. Seven years later she transferred to a position with the U.S. Patent Office working in research for the development search algorithms to be utilized in patent searches.


In 1965, she joined private industry in Europe as a systems engineer where she worked on Department of Defense programs in designing command and control, information retrieval systems for both field and headquarters. During the 1970s she began designing systems for military use within the NATO community. Within her scope of NATO support, she interfaced with NATO countries' private industrial firms and research institutes on the development of command and control and weapon systems for respective countries.


In 1981, Dorothy married Julian Davidson, a 1950 Auburn electrical engineering graduate. In 1992, they moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where four years later, they co-founded Davidson Technologies, a company dedicated to providing high quality engineering and technical services to the defense and aerospace sectors.


After Julian's death in 2013, Dorothy stepped in to run Davidson Technologies as the CEO and chairman of the board. Today, Davidson Technologies Inc. is an award-winning female-owned business focused on core areas of missiles, aerospace, cyber and intelligence. Davidson Technologies is recognized as a customer-focused organization with emphasis on innovation and securing top-level expertise to support national and global security.


In 2015, UAH awarded Dorothy an honorary doctorate, and in 2017 she was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. In 2019, with her induction into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, the Davidsons made history as the first husband and wife to both be inducted into the prestigious group. Julian was inducted in 2007.


A well-known Alabama philanthropist, Dorothy has served on numerous boards throughout her career advancing her community, state, industry and the arts. In 2015, she made a $5 million gift to Auburn University to renovate Broun Hall, the home of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.