Title: Research Scientist
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
William Frederick, Research Scientist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in defense research.
Dr. Frederick became involved in his profession working for the military because he received two job offers after graduating from undergraduate school. One offer was developing and producing uranium for bombs in Savannah, Georgia. The other offer was with Wright-Patterson, and it was about 150 miles from where he lived. Dr. Frederick became involved with working at the Pentagon after listening to the late former President Reagan. He spent the first 25 years working in the research laboratory conducting hands-on research and working with a group that came up with a completely new permanent magnetic material, which is called super magnets today. His team first developed permanent magnets called the AL Nicos, which stands for aluminum nickel and cobalt. The cobalt were at least three times as strong and this work was published in 1966.
Having always been interested in physics, Dr. Frederick first earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics from the University of Toledo in 1958. He later continued his studies at the University of Dayton, earning a Master of Science in physics in 1968 and a PhD in materials science from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. Knowing the value of continuous learning, Dr. Frederick continued to receive a Master of Science in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, and a Level III certification in systems planning, research, development and engineering from the Defense University in 1997. In his career, Dr. Frederick has been award numerous accolades, such as the Decorated Pioneer Award from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, the John A. Jamieson Memorial Award in Sensors, Environments and Algorithms from the Military Sensing Symposium and the Arthur S. Flemming Award from the Downtown Jaycees.
Prior to retiring, Dr. Frederick served as the Executive Director of the Photon Research Associates Inc. at the Raytheon Company from 2004 to 2010. Prior to this position, he was a corporate vice president at the company. He served as the Deputy for Special Projects, as a Chief Scientist and as an Assistant Deputy for Technology at the Ballistic Missile Dense Organization. Earlier in his career, Dr. Frederick served as the Director of Sensor Technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, as a Staff Specialist for Early Warning with the Air Defense and Attack Assessment at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a physicist for the Air Force Materials Laboratory with the U.S. Air Force.
The words of encouragement or advice that Dr. Frederick can offer the next generation or others aspiring to work in his profession would be that you can’t give up and keep working hard at it. In his own career, he was most inspired by the three-star Lieutenant General James Abrahamson.
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