Walter Beam Named Vice President-Research And Development At Sperry
Robert L. Wendt, president of the Sperry Division of Sperry Corporation, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Walter R. Beam to the newly created post of division vice president for research and development.
In his new position, Dr. Beam will be responsible for monitoring and advising on the status and progress of the division's contract and independent research and development projects. He will also review the division's business and technology plans and investment strategies, and will act as liaison between Sperry and the U.S. Department of Defense technical community, selected universities and trade and technical societies. B e f o r e j o i n i n g Sperry, Dr. Beam served from 1974 until 1981 as deputy for advanced technology in the U.S. Air Force's Office of the Secretary, and was responsible for review and approval of the Air Force's technology programs, including flight simulator technology and many communications, command, and control development programs. He served as senior Air Force member of the DOD Management Steering Committee for Embedded Computer Resources, and directed the Air Force Systems Command's COMTEC 2000 study on future computer technology.
From 1970 to 1974, he served as a technical and management consultant. Dr. Beam also worked with International Business Machines, first as manager of exploratory memory at IBM's Research Center, and then as director of engineering technology for IBM's Systems Development Division. He also was a member of RCA L a b o r a t o r i e s , both as a member of the technical staff and later as manager of the microwave advanced development lab.