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David Whelan
Corporate Vice President, Boeing Corporation

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image Dr. David Whelan is the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Chief Scientist and Vice President—General Manager, Deputy to the President of IDS Advanced Systems. David has responsibility to create, seek out and explore new technology and business growth vectors for the Boeing Company. Boeing's technology and systems span a wide range of government missions ranging from space systems to airborne systems to ground systems to undersea system. Both manned and unmanned systems have been developed to solve Boeing's customer challenges. Leveraging his in-depth knowledge of science, technology, systems and future customer requirements David enables Boeing to find new solutions to world's most challenging problems.
Biography
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Boeing's Madrid Research and Technology Center and HRL Laboratories, the legacy R&D laboratory of the former Hughes Aircraft Company, a LLC jointly owned by Boeing and GM. Prior assignments include the Vice President-General Manager and Deputy to the President of Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development organization of The Boeing Company and started his career with Boeing as the Chief Technology Officer for the Space & Communications Group (S&C) of Boeing.

Before joining Boeing, Dr Whelan served as Director of the Tactical Technology Office (SES-5) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Defense's venture capital like organization dedicated to creating new systems and technologies to support our nation's air, land, and naval forces. While at DARPA David created many legacy joint programs with the Air Force, Navy and the Army, most notably, the Discoverer II Space Radar Program, the Army's Future Combat System and the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle. Previously he worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company as Program Manager and Chief Scientist for the B-2 Bomber Air-to-Air Radar Imaging Program. He also worked as a Physicist for the DOE"s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on X-ray lasers and the Advanced Nuclear Weapons program, and he started his career at Northrop where he was one of the key designers of the B-2 Stealth Bomber and contributed to the YF-23Advanced Tactical Fighter.

David earned his Ph.D. ('83) and MS ('78) in physics from UCLA; He received his B.A. ('77) from UCSD. He has numerous publications on electromagnetic radiation, laser plasma phenomena and Defense systems. He holds 14 patents on navigation systems, radar systems, antenna, and low-observable technology.

He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. He is standing member of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the AIAA. Dr. Whelan was honored for his government service and received Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civil Service in 2001 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1998.

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Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories
California Institute of Technology
GALCIT
Northrop Grumman Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Conference Chairs

Jean-Lou Chameau
President, California Institute of Technology
Alexis Livanos
President, Northrop Grumman Space Technology
Charles Elachi
Director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Conference Organizers
Ares Rosakis
Director GALCIT, California Institute of Technology
Dwight Streit
Vice President, Foundation Technologies Northrop Grumman Space Technology

 

 
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