2000 Fellow

Presented to: Colonel Leonard R. Sugerman, USAF (Ret.)

Citation: For his leadership in overseeing the development, production and testing of bomb navigation, guidance, attitude control and autopilot systems for strategic aircraft, missile, satellite and reentry systems.


Colonel Leonard R. Sugerman, USAF (Ret.) has been Assistant to the Director of the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University since retiring from the Air Force in 1975 after thirtythree years of service. His past assignments included the Pentagon, Air Force Systems Command, Research and Technology Division, AF Missile Development Center, AF Special Weapons Center and White Sands Missile Range. His responsibilities included the development and testing of selfcontained bombing and navigation equipment for tactical and strategic aircraft, missile, satellite and reentry systems. Two wartime overseas tours were spent with engineering units. While assigned to the Air Staff in 1958, he made the inertial navigation systems available to the navy´s special Projects Office enabling the Polaris nuclear submarines Nautilus and Skate to reach the North Pole submerged. Len holds a B.S. Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied under Dr. Draper and Professor Wrigley, and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.P.A. from New Mexico State University. Len has been a member of the ION for over forty years, served as President in 1970 and received the Hays Award in 1971. In 1967 he received the Air Force Association Meritorious Management Award for service performed while assigned to the AF Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility at Holloman AFB.