2013 - Dr. Edward Elgethun

Dr. Edward Elgethun
Dr. Edward Elgethun

Dr. Edward Elgethun, Class of 1961, was honored because he is inspirational as a scientist and scholar. His community leadership included the Boy Scouts in the United States and Great Britain. Elgethun used his leadership, skills and talents while an Air Force Academy cadet, where he studied Latin, Greek, English and math until being injured in service.

Elgethun’s math and science education allowed him to apply algorithms for studies in space, satellite orbits, maneuvers and processing of satellite data. He served as a member of the Apollo 13 Orbit Design Team where he helped with the safe return of astronauts from space to Earth. He later became a chief engineer for SCITOR Corp. and designed and developed commercial satellites and respective analytics to eliminate errors in the field.

Elgethun is currently working with scientists at Sandia Labs in New Mexico to determine orbits of dark matter with a possibility of discovering a viable energy source. He was published in numerous scholarly journals and pioneered a new method of using satellite time measurement and dynamics to locate communication signals and sources of interference.