Michael Templeton


R. Michael Templeton, BSEE, MS, PhD recently retired after over 50 years of experience in the aerospace industry working with various agencies of the Federal government and their prime contractors. He began his career with General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an Instrumentation Engineer responsible for the design, installation, and operation of unique instrumentation control & display systems and test facilities used in the development of advanced aircraft gas turbine engines and electrical space power & propulsion systems. In 1965, he joined Pan American’s Guided Missiles Range Division at Cape Canaveral, Florida, as a Senior Operations Manager, stationed at remote island and ship-based tracking stations, gathering radar, telemetry, and optical sensor data from NASA, USAF, and foreign ICBM flight test programs. Arriving aboard ship in San Diego in 1969, he joined General Dynamics as a Program Manager, responsible for the design, development, installation and test of high-power precision tracking radar systems aboard the USNS Arnold and USNS Vandenberg, Advanced Range Instrumentation Ships (ARIS). In 1972, he joined Cubic Corporation, where he was Director of Special Programs including business development and program management for a number of advanced development projects in the area of Communications & Intelligence. In 1987 he joined The Titan Corporation as Vice President/AGM of the Applied Technology Division, working in the areas of Advanced Communications & Intelligence Systems. Retiring from Titan in 1993, Dr. Templeton became a consultant in the area of technology assessment and commercialization. In 2010, he founded Discerning Technologies, LLC (DiscernTek), a small business firm performing R&D projects for the Office of Naval Research. His professional affiliations include Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society; Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers, Inc. (Life Member); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA); the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC); and QED (Quandaries, Explorations, Decisions).

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