one of the most important things you learn at Bell Labs is you ask questions, you don’t take anything for granted. If there is a problem, if something unique happens in an experiment, you find out why…. And that questioning attitude was extremely useful to me in all kinds of situations, whether at Aerospace, or Northrop, or in my personal life.”
After leaving Bell, Weiss moved to Los Angeles to work at Hughes Aircraft for two years. He first joined Aerospace in 1961, less than a year after the corporation was founded. Weiss is largely credited with establishing the Aerospace Corporation Laboratories in cooperation with Dr. Ivan Getting, the first president of Aerospace. He later described his move to Aerospace as “exciting times…a tremendous opportunity to fashion the laboratories.” Weiss joined Aerospace as director of the Electronics Research Laboratory and initiated studies of lasers and related electro-optics. “Decision making was quick, and, for example, the laser was invented and within months we had a laser laboratory.” He became assistant general manager of the Laboratories Division in 1963 and was promoted to general manager in 1964. He served in that capacity until 1967, when he left Aerospace to work for TRW, where he directed the microelectronics center.
He returned to Aerospace only a year later at Getting’s request to serve as general manager of the Electronics and Optics Division, where he remained for 10 years. In 1978, during the Aerospace presidency of Dr. Eberhardt Rechtin (1977–1987), Weiss became vice president and general manager for laboratory operations. It was Weiss who decided that Aerospace needed engineering laboratories in addition to its existing research labs. He then served as the Engineering Group’s vice president from 1981 until 1986, when he left Aerospace to work for Northrop Grumman. While employed at Northrop Grumman, Weiss oversaw the research laboratories for one year and then became vice president and general manager in charge of the Electronics Division.
Throughout his long career, Weiss received numerous awards for his research in physics and electrical engineering. He received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics