Title: Senior Electronics Engineer
Company: SURVICE Engineering Company
Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
John Tatum, Senior Electronics Engineer at Survice Engineering Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in radio frequency, electronic warfare and electromagnetic effects.
As part of his sixth-grade curriculum, Mr. Tatum was introduced to electricity. From that point forward, his mind was consumed with all things involving energy and he dappled in playing with batteries, lights, buzzers and other equipment. This fascination with electricity was deepened when his college guidance counselor pointed him in the direction of engineering and how he could use that interest in electricity in a career. Mr. Tatum earned an associate’s degree at Prince George’s Community College, and continued his academic pursuits by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the University of Maryland. He continued with graduate coursework at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.
While still matriculating with an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, a professor posted a summer job position at the Harry Diamond Laboratories. In June 1974, Mr. Tatum began working at the lab focusing on radars. This summer job is one of the most important periods in his life, and he reflects on it as one of the highlights of a long and successful career. He had the opportunity to exploit old Soviet air defense radars and build new radars. John T. Tatum is an Electronic System Engineer with over 44 years of experience in the areas of Radar, Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic (EM) Effects and Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs). Mr. Tatum is a member of the IEEE and Association of Old Crows Electronic Warfare Society. He is also a Fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS). He worked for the US Army Research Laboratory for 37 years as a team leader for a group of scientists and engineers that investigated the effects of Radio Frequency energy on electronic systems. In his current role, he works for SURVICE Engineering Company as a consultant on EW/DEW.
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