Dee Wilson and Robin Snider of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) have been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for outstanding contributions to aerospace. The event also recognized Steven Jacobson, a Loads and Dynamics engineer for GA-ASI, who received second place for Outstanding Section for the year he chaired the San Diego Section of AIAA.
“Dee and Robin are excellent examples of the talent and leadership we have at GA-ASI,” said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI.
In the category of Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Management, Wilson, vice president of Engineering for GA-ASI’s Aircraft Systems business unit, was recognized for his leadership in the engineering development of the company’s RPA, including Predator C Avenger Extended Range, Gray Eagle Extended Range, Predator XP, and the company’s newest Predator B variant, MQ-9B SkyGuardian, which is designed to be certified under the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System Airworthiness NATO STANAG 4671 standard. This is his 13th year with the company.
Snider, senior director of Advanced Systems & Payloads for GA-ASI’s Mission Systems business unit, was honored for Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Research. Snider is an industry pioneer in advanced electro-optics sensors, electronic warfare systems, and high-performance conformal antennas for both manned and unmanned aircraft platforms. He was directly responsible for the development and deployment of the very successful counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Highlighter system.
GA-ASI, a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, has earned recognition from the U.S. Air Force for its Predator and Reaper RPA systems having the highest reliability rating of any manned or unmanned aircraft in their inventory.