Title: Engineering Executive (Retired)
Location: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Kelly Vernon Grider, Retired Engineering Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in missile guidance and control systems.
When reflecting on his decision to enter his profession, Dr. Grider can hardly pinpoint the exact moment it became his life’s ambition. In fact, his interest in engineering started at such a young age that he feels it has always been a part of him – he has always been intrigued by how things worked. Today, he is known for his lifetime of contributions to his field. Retired since 1999, he concluded his career as a senior executive for the United States Army Missile Command, where he demonstrated an expertise in missile guidance, control systems and systems analyses. Before taking on this prominent role, he dedicated himself to the command for over twenty years, advancing from aerospace engineer to supervisor. Regarded by colleagues as an intelligent man who carried himself with professionalism and integrity, he brought a dynamic impact to his field over more than 40 years. His early roles include work as a senior engineer for the Martin-Marietta Corporation and aerophysics engineer for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX.
Before establishing himself professionally, Dr. Grider served in the United States Air Force for three years. Upon completing his military service, he attended the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1958, a Master of Science in engineering in 1965 and a PhD in electrical engineering in 1972. He remained at the top of his field through his memberships with the IEEE, the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Society for Computer Simulation, Tau Beta Pi and Beta Kappa Nu. For all that he accomplished in his career, Dr. Grider was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. As he looks to the future, Dr. Grider intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement in the best way he knows how – by spending as much time as he can with his three grandchildren Brett, Tyler and Kelsie.
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