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Robert Everett
Former President of the MITRE Corporation, Member of the Air Traffic Control Advisory Committee

Mr. Robert R. Everett is currently a senior scientist of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the Ballistic Missile Defense Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Research, Engineering and Development Committee.

In August 1986, Mr. Everett became a member of the Digital Equipment Corporation’s board of directors. He also is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Corporation.

Mr. Everett is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi; a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

From 1969 to 1986, Mr. Everett served as president of The MITRE Corporation. In March 1969, he was named executive vice president of MITRE. In December 1959, he was named vice president, Technical Operations. In October 1958, Mr. Everett joined the newly organized MITRE Corporation as technical director. In 1956, he became head of Division VI of Lincoln Laboratory, where he was in charge of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense system design and test, and directed Lincoln’s data processing research and development.

In 1951, a large part of the Digital Computer Laboratory joined the newly formed MIT Lincoln Laboratory as Division VI. Mr. Everett became associate head of Division VI and a member of the Lincoln Steering Committee, continuing as associate director of the Digital Computer Laboratory. In 1951, Project Whirlwind separated from the Servomechanisms Laboratory to become the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, with Mr. Everett being named associate director. In 1947, Project Whirlwind, which was the development of electronic digital computers, became the Electronic Computer Division of the Servomechanisms Laboratory.

In 1945, Mr. Everett became associated at MIT with Jay W. Forrester in the development of electronic digital computers. In 1943, Mr. Everett became a member of the staff of MIT Servomechanisms Laboratory, engaging primarily in the development of hydraulic servomechanisms for stabilized shipboard radar antennas, after having worked as a graduate student there in 1942.

In 1992, Mr. Everett received an honorary doctor of science degree from Duke University. In September 1990, he received the Air Traffic Control Association’s George W. Kriske Memorial Award for his contributions to air traffic control. In May 1990, Mr. Everett received the Pioneer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Aerospace Electronics Systems Society , for his work on the development of the Whirlwind Computer.

In October 1989, President Bush awarded Mr. Everett the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in this area, for his work in real-time computer technologies and applications. In June 1985, he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Northeastern University, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Gold Medal Award for Engineering.

In September 1983, Mr. Everett was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service -- its highest recognition of a civilian in peacetime. In 1978, he received the Duke University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.

Mr. Everett served on many boards and committees. From 1987 to 1993, he was a member of the Defense Science Board (DSB), and from 1988 through 1989, he was chairman.

From 1970 to 1972, he also served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Panel on Major Systems Acquisition of the Commission on Government Procurement. Also from 1971 to 1972, Mr. Everett served as a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Tracking and Data Acquisition Advisory Panel. From 1968 to 1969, he served as a member of the Department of Transportation Air Traffic Control Advisory Committee, the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering Systems Engineering Management Panel, and the Defense Science Board Task Force on Research and Development Management.

From 1962 to 1968, he was a consultant to the Air Force Systems Command Range Technical Advisory Group, and from 1959 to 1960, he was a consultant to the Air Defense Panel, President’s Science Advisory Committee.

His work has been published in numerous technical journals, and he has been awarded several patents in the fields of magnetic drum memories and display devices.

Mr. Everett received his master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1943. He received his bachelor of science degree from Duke University in 1942.

Mr. Everett was made an honorary member of the MITRE board of trustees in 1993. He has been a member of the board since 1969.

(Biography from MITRE Corporation)

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