Grant H. Stokes elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Grant Stokes BiographyDr. Grant H. Stokes, head of the Space Systems and Technology Division at Lincoln Laboratory, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of NAE is to advance the nation’s well-being by promoting the engineering profession and by providing the federal government with the objective insights of eminent engineers on engineering and technology matters.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

Dr. Stokes was elected for his "innovations in systems for space situational awareness and the discovery of near-Earth asteroids." As head of the Space Systems and Technology Division, he is responsible for the Laboratory’s programs in space control and electro-optical systems and technology. He supervised the demonstration and transition of the first space-based space-surveillance system to Air Force operations, and he initiated several programs to develop next-generation technology for establishing space situational awareness. These programs include the Space Surveillance Telescope, which will provide a 3.5-meter aperture prototype ground-based surveillance search system, and the Haystack Ultrawideband Satellite Imaging Radar, the highest-resolution, long-range sensor in the world, simultaneously generating X- and W-band images that help determine the size, shape, orientation, and motion of objects orbiting Earth. Dr. Stokes directs the development and operations of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program, which, as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Control (NASA)/Space Command partnership, has become the world’s premiere asteroid search capability, finding ~50% of the near-Earth asteroids discovered since 1998.

Dr. Stokes served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). In that capacity, he was the Chairman of the 2006 SAB Summer Study on Space Survivability. In addition, he chaired the 2006 Science and Technology Review of the Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 2007 review of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 2008, Dr. Stokes was honored with the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his four years of service to the SAB. In 2010, he was appointed an IEEE Fellow for his leadership in the development and implementation of advanced space search systems.

Dr. Stokes holds a doctoral degree in physics from Princeton University and is a member of the International Astronomical Union.

Posted February 2016

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