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Keeping Track of the World’s Bad Guys

KEC 1001
Monday, April 9, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Speaker Information
Jim de Broekert
Senior Scientist
Advanced Systems and Technology Office
L-3 Communications

Before graduating from OSU in 1952, I was privileged to hear a most inspiring talk given by Dr. Joe Pettit of the Stanford EE Department. His talk to the graduating class led to my doing graduate work at Stanford and also working in the Stanford Applied Electronics Lab on a research assistantship. There I designed radars, as well as reconnaissance systems to detect radars and radio signals in other countries using aircraft, ships, submarines, ground sites, and, later, satellites.

Over the years, our capabilities grew in breadth, depth, speed of collection and dissemination to tactical and technical users of the data. You will get an overview of some of the things I worked on and how they supported US defense. I’m proud to have helped keep America safe from our adversaries for 60 years. I will continue to do so as long as I am able.

Speaker Bio

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.