Jim de Broekert is a 1952 Oregon State University electrical engineering alumnus and also earned two graduate degrees from Stanford University and went on to a career that involved the development of technology used to gather military intelligence via satellite.
De Broekert’s first job was at North American Aviation (which later became part of Rockwell International and subsequently Boeing) working on defense electronics. He began working for the National Reconnaissance Office, an agency of the Department of Defense, at its inception in 1960. His work involved the development of technology used to gather military intelligence via satellite.
In 2000, de Broekert was honored by the National Reconnaissance Office as one of 46 “pioneers who made significant and lasting contributions to the discipline of national reconnaissance.” OSU’s College of Engineering also inducted him into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was a co-founder of two companies: ArgoSystems, where he was vice president from 1969-1976; and Signal Science, Inc., where he was vice president from 1976-1978. He then founded Advent Systems, Inc. in 1978 where he served in many roles, including CEO and chairman of the board. In 2005 Advent was acquired by Titan Corp. and subsequently by L-3 Communications. De Broekert is currently the Senior Scientist for the Advanced Systems and Technology Office of L-3 Communications where he continues actively contributing to the US national defense.