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Vincent Vitto, an assistant director of Lincoln Laboratory, was elected as the new president and CEO of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. Mr. Vitto will assume his new position on July 1, when current president and CEO Ralph Jacobson retires. The announcement was made at the March 5 meeting of Draper's board of directors.
During his 32 years at Lincoln Laboratory, Mr. Vitto served as assistant leader of the Radar Systems Group (1979) and as leader of the Radar Imaging Techniques Group (1982). He also led the Laboratory's work in technology development for space-based radar systems for many years.
Mr. Vitto became associate head of the Aerospace Division in 1984 and moved on to head the Communications Division in 1988. He assumed his current position of assistant director for Surface Surveillance and Communications programs in 1995.
Mr. Vitto serves as a member of the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council and has been chairman of its Space Panel. He is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and has been a member and chairman of several Defense Science Board panels.
"It's an exciting opportunity," Mr. Vitto said of his appointment. "I'll be relying on the breadth of experience I acquired at Lincoln and on my involvement in many defense planning studies to extend the technical expertise at Draper to both emerging national defense problems and industrial markets."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 19, 1997.