technology base and provide expert assistance in the development and acquisition of space systems which support naval missions. During Mr. Wilhelm’s tenure, the space program at NRL has grown from a branch to a division to a Center. Under his direction, NCST and the Navy have achieved numerous successes and “firsts” in space including the Global Positioning System satellite and the highly successful Clementine Deep Space Mission, which demonstrated the capability of, and has become the model for low-cost, high-value space exploration. Mr. Wilhelm’s achievements include contributions to the design, development and operation of 100 scientific and fleet-support satellites. Mr. Wilhelm is a Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Washington Academy of Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
John D. Wilkinson is an assistant group leader at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in the Air Defense Techniques Group of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division. He has worked at Lincoln Laboratory since 1998, beginning in the Intelligence, Test, and Evaluation Group. After a decade of radar data analysis, radar system engineering, and radar testing experience, Mr. Wilkinson now serves as the Lincoln Laboratory program manager for several science and technology programs related to air defense. In this role he proposed and led the development of a ultra high frequency radar installed on Lincoln Laboratory’s Boeing 707, and helped design, build, and deploy two other radar systems as well. He was awarded a B.S. in physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Tufts University.