Wilbur Myrick of SAIC, a world expert in measurement and signatures intelligence adaptive signal processing, is a detective of sorts.
looks for signals that could impact our nation's security.
Myrick, senior signal processing analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Northern Virginia, extracts information from signals, including wireless communication.
Many of the technologies he
developed are being used in the intelligence community.
childhood picking apart his
brother's toys, going to science fairs and devouring electronic magazines in his
hometown of Courtland, Va.
He did undergraduate work at Norfolk State and received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2000.
It allows you to get an idea early if it's what you want to do," Myrick
Once in college "take your freshman year very seriously," he
"Keep things in perspective.
You can always have fun later on."
, who has won numerous research and incentive awards from SAIC
, won the 2006 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement in Industry at the BEYA Conference
"It's a nice highlight," said Myrick
, who mentors junior engineers in his
company and recruits for SAIC
at the University of Maryland