|Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards
|Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
Minoru S. Araki
CEO and President
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Company
Sam Araki began his 50-year career in the national security space arena at the beginning of the Cold War. He participated in major advancements in science and technology as well as engineering, management and business transformations that impacted the outcome of the Cold War and also led the way to the Digital Age and Information Age.|
After receiving his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Mr. Araki went to work as a system engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Sunnyvale, California, in 1958. He retired as president of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space in 1997.
Key achievements during his 38 years of service at Lockheed Martin include:
• System engineer on the Corona Photo Reconnaissance Satellite System, the first operational U.S. satellite reconnaissance system. Corona provided the eyes over the Soviet Union from 1960 to 1972.
• Participant in the Arpanet and Electronic Library called DIALOG, forerunners of the commercial Internet.
• Vice president and program manager of the Milstar Program, the first global secure digital communication satellite system with onboard routers and satellite-to-satellite cross links—an essential capability for modern warfare.
As executive vice president, Mr. Araki played a key role in several Lockheed programs:
• The Iridium Program, for which Lockheed built the spacecraft for Motorola’s first all-space cell phone communication network. The nation experienced the real value of Iridium following Hurricane Katrina.
• Exoatmospheric Reentry Vehicle Interceptor (ERIS) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) programs, which provided the vital technology for the THAAD program, a key element of the nation’s missile defense.
• Development of the sensor-to-shooter concept of operations—providing space information to stealth aircraft with smart weapons—which was used in the Gulf War and Desert Storm.
As president, Mr. Araki played a key role in the Hubble Space Telescope program. Since 1990, this orbiting observatory has allowed scientists and citizens to view the evolution of the universe.
When Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta, Mr. Araki became the first president of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space.
Mr. Araki received numerous honors and awards including: National Academy of Engineering Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2005, National Reconnaissance Office, Pioneer Program Honor, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics von Braun Award 1994.
Following his retirement from Lockheed Martin, Mr. Araki started ST-Infonox, Inc., to develop a system-level platform with micro sensor network to provide real-time information security and awareness for city and business operations as well as environmental bio-security.