Darlene Solomon is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. Her responsibilities include Agilent Research Laboratories, which focuses on high-impact, longer-range research in support of Agilent's sustained business growth and Agilent's programs in university relations, external research and venture investment. In her leadership role, she works closely with Agilent's businesses to define the company's technology strategy and R&D priorities.
Solomon joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1984 as a research scientist and soon moved into leadership as the R&D manager of their Chemical and Biological Systems department. When Agilent Technologies was spun off from H-P in 1999, she became responsible for R&D/technology for Agilent's Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business. She was later promoted to vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories in 2003 and has been Agilent Technologies' chief technology officer and senior vice president since 2006.
Solomon earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stanford University and a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from MIT, and she completed Stanford University's Executive Development Program. Recognition for her accomplishments includes being elected to the National Academy of Engineering and receiving the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award. She was also inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award and named to Corporate Board Member's 50 Top Women in Technology.
Solomon serves on the board of directors at Materion Corp. She also participates in multiple academic and government advisory and review boards, including current and recent appointments to the National Academies' Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Stanford Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Council, UC Berkeley's College of Engineering Advisory Board and Singapore National Research Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board.