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Kreick elected chairman of Draper


Dr. John R. Kreick, head of JKConsulting, was elected chairman of the board of directors of Draper Laboratory at the board's October meeting. As chairman, Kreick will provide oversight of the major program arenas and business development for the not-for-profit research and development organization.


Kreick has 10 years of experience as president of Sanders (a defense electronics firm acquired by Lockheed Martin in 1986) and officer of Lockheed, and a 30-year tenure in the defense electronics industry. He consults in the electronics industries, with emphasis on the impact of technology on future business opportunities.

Sanders research and products during Kreick's tenure included electronic countermeasures systems, tactical surveillance systems, microwave electronics, management of information systems, telecommunications and advanced technology. He also oversaw the consolidation of various businesses into Sanders.

Kreick joined Sanders in 1969 as a research physicist and subsequently held the posts of program manager, chief engineer of the Defense and Information Systems Division and vice president and general manager of the Countermeasures Division before becoming president in 1988. His contributions included several new concepts for infrared and electro-optical systems and countermeasures, receiving nine patents for his research. He has also served on numerous Department of Defense panels and committees.

Kreick received the B.S. and M.S. in physics and the Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Michigan.


Draper Lab was originally established as the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory. In 1973 it became an independent not-for-profit corporation.

Its work includes design and development of all the nation's strategic missile guidance systems; guidance, navigation and control systems for NASA's manned spacecraft; fault-tolerant ship control computers for the Seawolf submarine, autonomous underwater vehicles and vehicle systems for DARPA; integrated global positioning system and micromechanical inertial sensing systems for precision guided munitions; micromechanical inertial sensors for automotive applications; avionics upgrades for the A-10 aircraft and the Cobra AH-1W helicopter; the ground antenna and monitor station simulators and telecommunications simulator test station for the GPS Block II, IIA and IIR satellites; and applied information systems for various military and commercial customers.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 7, 2001.

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