2007 Weems Award

Presented to: Dr. Peter S. Maybeck

Citation: For lifelong accomplishments in navigation education and research at the Air Force Institute of Technology.


Dr. Peter S. Maybeck's contributions to the advancement of the art and science of naviga-tion are almost immeasurable. As a professor of electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Dr. Maybeck has directly impacted every AFIT guidance, navigation, and control graduate student since 1973 (over 500 Air Force officers). Dr. Maybeck has been directly responsible for AFIT's graduate sequence in estimation and stochastic control and for indi-vidual advanced digital filtering and control courses, research, advising of masters and doctoral research, and consulting for Air Force and DoD organizations. He is the author of more than one hundred technical publications on applied optimal filtering as well as the book, Stochastic Models, Estimation and Control. He has also taught numerous short courses to hundreds of engineers in both industry and government organizations.

Dr. Maybeck has a long, sustained history of accomplishments and has been honored with numerous awards for both his teaching and his research. These awards span the past 40 years and range from being the 1985 Outstanding Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Nation to being made a Fellow of the IEEE and earning Best Presentation in Session awards for ION technical meetings.

Dr. Maybeck is a leading researcher, teacher and practitioner in modern estimation and control theory in general, and specifically a pioneering figure in multiple model adaptive estimation and control theory and practice. Since 1977, Dr. Maybeck has also served as a consultant for the Air Force Research Laboratory and 46th Test Group personnel to aid efforts in the area of Kalman filtering and multiple model adaptive estimation.

Dr. Maybeck received his B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1972, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working for a year in the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB, he took a faculty position at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1973, where he has been a leading faculty member for the past 34 years.