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Myron Kayton

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First Name: 
Myron
Last Name: 
Kayton
Position: 
AESS Past President 1993-1994; AESS Distinguished Lecturer
Affiliation: 
Kayton Engineering Company
Bio: 

Dr. Kayton has 50 years of experience designing and testing avionic, navigation, communication, and computer-automation systems.
As a Consulting Engineer for Kayton Engineering Company, he worked on several automotive electronic systems, automated process systems, upper-stage spacecraft, a satellite interceptor, commercial communication systems, numerous aircraft avionic systems, and a dozen land navigators.  He has conducted several score forensic inspections and analyses.

From 1968-81 at TRW, Dr. Kayton served as Chief Engineer for Spacelab avionics, Head of System Engineering for Space Shuttle avionics, and Project Engineer for the electronics of the Inertial Upper Stage and a nuclear power plant, among many assignments.

From 1965-68, Dr. Kayton served as Deputy Manager for Lunar Module Guidance and Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center, where his office directed the contractors designing two inertial navigation systems, an alignment telescope, the flight controls, crew station
and two radars.  From 1960-65, he was Section Head at Litton's Guidance and Control Division, where he designed and analyzed some of the earliest multi-sensor navigation systems.

Dr. Kayton is a registered electrical and mechanical engineer.  He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), was an elected member of the corporate Board of Directors, and served two terms as President of its Aerospace and
Electronic Systems Society.  He taught simulation methods, multi-sensor navigation systems, and land navigation at UCLA and published
more than 80 papers and articles.  He conducts technical seminars throughout the world as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.  He is the
author of the standard reference text, AVIONICS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS (first and second editions) and of NAVIGATION: LAND, SEA, AIR AND SPACE.  He is the recipient of IEEE's Millennium Medal, IEEE-AES's Carlton Award for the best technical paper of 1988, and ION's Kershner Award for Navigation.

Dr. Kayton received the Ph.D. in Instrumentation from M.I.T. in 1960, the M.S. from Harvard University with a concentration in
electrical engineering, and the B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union. He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN ENGINEERING, WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA, and AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN OF SCIENCE.  He is an instrument-rated pilot and holds an FAA Project Raincheck certificate in Air Traffic Control.  He is interested in history, languages, and tennis.

Contact Information
Telephone: 
+1 (310) 286-0059
Address
P.O. Box 802
Santa Monica
CA
90406
USA
Award Information
Award Citation:
Award Year:
1988

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."

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