Photo of Wilbur (Wil) Myrick, Ph.D.
...Wilbur (Wil) Myrick, Ph.D.
"My accomplishments reflect the culture and mentoring that the SAIC Technology Research and Integration Business Unit promotes throughout its operations," Myrick
says."I am fortunate to have (Business Unit General Manager) Jurgen Gobien and (Operations Manager) Scott Goldstein as leaders who foster innovation as well as diversity."Myrick
and other Black Engineer of the Year award winners will be honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in Baltimore, Md., February 16 - 18, 2006.
...Myrick, a nationally recognized expert in advanced adaptive signal processing, is an SAIC senior signal processing analyst recognized by his colleagues as a brilliant researcher and scientist who solves problems others thought "impossible" to solve.He
gained this reputation when, on more than one occasion, with limited funds and information, he
very rapidly produced successful solutions for the U.S. defense and intelligence communities to challenges generally thought to be impossible to solve.
"Wil is one of our brightest and most innovative young engineers," says Gobien, "and his
highly classified work has made major contributions to being able to deal with some of the nation's most important security problems."
Advancing signal processingMyrick, who received his Ph.D. from The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 2000, performs work that focuses on advanced algorithm development and evaluation in the areas of communications and radar systems.He
develops signal and image processing algorithms to support the development of a wide range of applications and researches new techniques for working with remote sensing data.He
invented a processing architecture used in one of our major defense programs, and his
research led to the invention of a processor for signal extraction and improvements to an algorithm used for signal processing. SAIC
accomplishments in 2003 with a prestigious incentive award for outstanding new leaders, and in autumn 2005, with an SAIC Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group Scientific and Technical Performance Award for pushing the boundaries of technology through work that contributes to superior program performance.
Mentoring and leadershipThe Career Achievement in Industry award also recognizes Myrick's
leadership and mentoring at work and in the community.He
ability to express technological concepts to prospective customers and business associates, and he
works with junior SAIC engineers to develop and refine their proposal-writing skills.He
also recruits for SAIC
at the University of Maryland
and encourages minority students to pursue engineering careers and advanced degrees.Myrick
also finds time to serve his
community, working with a program that distributes school supplies to children and with a group that aids families in northern Virginia during the holidays.
Exemplifying SAIC's resolveMyrick's
management team members sum up their admiration for his
accomplishments, saying, "Dr.Myrick
tag line 'From Science to Solutions.'"