Duane T. McRuer


Duane T. McRuer
Bakersfield, CA, USA
Associated organizations
Systems Technology, Inc., Northrop Aircraft
Fields of study
Control systems


Duane T. McRuer (IRE Student, 1947; Associate, 1950; and Senior Member, 1954) was born in Bakersfield, California, on 25 October 1925. He received the B.S. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, in 1945 and 1948, respectively.

From 1957 through at least 1962, McRuer was President of Systems Technology, Inc., Inglewood, California. Previously, he worked at Northrop Aircraft, from 1948 to 1954, and with Control Specialists, Inc., from 1954 to 1957. Professionally, he covered most aspects of control systems engineering with particular emphasis on the development and design of manual and automatic guidance and flight control systems. With E. S. Krendel, he was awarded, in 1960, the Franklin Institute's Levy Medal for work on the description of human dynamic behavior.

McRuer was a member of SAE Committee A-18 (Aerospace Vehicle Flight Control) and the IRE-PGHFE Administrative Committee. He was also an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, a senior member of the American Astronomical Society, and a member of the American Rocket Society, the American Physical Society, and the AIEE.