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Larry Scanlan

B.S. 1968

Following graduation in February 1968, I accepted an offer from Hughes Aircraft Company and stayed with them 34 years that saw acquisitions by General Motors and Raytheon. I started in the Display Systems and Human Factors Department and they gave me a fellowship to the University of Illinois where I received a Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology. I met Tara there and we married in 1971. I returned to California in 1974 and spent the next six years leading Human Factors research activities. The next twelve years were spent in the Electro-optical System Group where I served as System Engineer and then Program Manager for the Hughes Night Vision System, an Infra-red sensor for helicopter, low-level, flight, and navigation. In 1993, I transferred to Radar Systems Group where I accepted responsibility for the capture and management of a major DARPA program to invent technologies for the rapid development of electronic digital processors. That program led to a series of advanced technology programs that produced a completely digital Radar receiver currently in production for the F-18. Following retirement, I took a position in the Psychology Department at UCLA where I conduct research on sources of commitment and on the life-span consequences of adolescent extracurricular activities. I have also served as a Forensic Human Factors expert since 1976. Tara and I live in Manhattan Beach with our son Bryce, a high school senior who will be attending Yale in the fall.