IRI Honors Linden S. Blue with Institute’s 2010 Achievement Award

General Atomics Vice Chairman honored for his work that has inspired future generations of innovators

Seattle, WA, May 6, 2010 - The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) honored Linden Blue, General Atomics, last night with its 2010 IRI Achievement Award.

The award, established in 1973 and presented to Mr. Blue at IRI’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that broadly contributes to the development of industry and to the benefit of society.

“IRI is honoring Mr. Blue for his exceptional innovations in military strategy, advanced energy research, and inspirational entrepreneurial skills. Throughout his career, Mr. Blue has constantly integrated technologies into entirely new business areas and markets,” said Edward Bernstein, IRI President.

Linden S. Blue is Vice Chairman of General Atomics (GA) in San Diego. GA is a diversified international high technology company with world leadership positions in fusion, fission, and training research and isotope nuclear reactors. It has done leading research and development of sensors for unpiloted aerial systems for reconnaissance, high temperature superconductors, radiation monitoring, conditioning of high power electricity, thermionic power for space applications, and advanced composite materials. GA is a world leader in high power electro magnetics, high power lasers and unpiloted air systems. Mr. Blue’s primary responsibilities have included development of the advanced, second-generation, Modular Helium Reactor (MHR), coordination of activities in GA’s Washington, DC office, and overseeing GA’s activities at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

He was also co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Cordillera Corporation of Denver, a company with principal assets in real estate, gas utilities, and oil and gas production. He has been President and CEO of Beech Aircraft Corporation and a Director of Raytheon Company. He was Managing Director and CEO of Lear Fan Limited. Earlier, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager and head of strategic planning at Gates Learjet Corporation. He is currently managing director of Spectrum Aeronautical, developer of high technology fuel efficient business jets.

Mr. Blue is active on many boards and committees and has been recognized for innovation in advanced aviation technology. He has more than 10,000 flying hours and is rated in jets, turboprops, helicopters and amphibians.

Earlier, he served on active duty with the USAF Strategic Air Command and was a partner in a 4000-acre cocoa and banana plantation and a 100,000-acre ranch in Nicaragua. He also was correspondent for the Yale Aerial Expedition to South America.

Mr. Blue received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1958, and is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.

“GA specializes in diversified research and development in energy and defense among other advanced technologies. I am honored to receive this distinguished industry award from an association whose mission is to advance technological innovation in industry,” said Mr. Blue.

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