For over forty years Dr. Wade Dyer has been an extraordinary missile guidance designer, making significant contributions to systems of critical importance to US warfighting. Wade’s contributions can be found in a who’s who of precision guided missiles including the first all-digital guidance and control implementation for a tactical missile (HARM 1974.) He also contributed to designs of Paveway, JSOW, Javelin, ERGM, Excalibur, Seek-Spinner, Tacit Rainbow, CLGP, GBU-15 All Weather Upgrade and Shrike. Wade’s design prowess extends beyond precision missile systems and guidance designs and includes radar fire control systems.
Wade always made time to mentor engineers and pass along the skills of his craft. Wade is responsible for and has passed along many advancements in missile guidance design, developing effective methods for the control of unstable airframes. He invented guidance design methods resulting in enhanced precision and extracted information from sensor systems in ways not done before.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of SMU, Stanford, and Rice. He is a Fellow at L-3 and Texas Instruments and Senior Principal Fellow at Raytheon. Dr. Dyer is a recognized expert in body-fixed guidance, error-tolerant radar guidance algorithms and nonlinear guidance and autopilot design. Today Wade is in demand as a consultant to solve the most difficult and constrained guidance design problems.
We are honored to award the Johnson trophy to a technical innovator, leader and mentor who helped shape a generation of precision systems, and younger engineers who continue with their own contributions.