The 2010 IRI Achievement Award.
The IRI Achievement Award, established in 1973, is presented each year to honor outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that contributes broadly to the development of industry and the benefit of society.
The 2010 Achievement Award was presented to Linden S. Blue
* For his' contributions in the development of the Predator family of unmanned aerial vehicles, which ushered in a new and effective military strategy to protect the security of our society while eliminating risk to airmen;
* For his furthering of advanced energy research, nurturing promising technologies and integrating them into new business areas; and
* For inspiring future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Linden S. Blue is vice chairman of General Atomics (GA), a diversified, international high-technology company with world leadership positions in fusion, fission, and isotope nuclear reactors; high-power electromagnets and lasers; and unpiloted air systems. Mr. Blue's primary responsibilities at GA have included development of the advanced second-generation modular helium reactor; coordination of activities in GA's Washington, DC, office; and oversight of GA's activities at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
Mr. Blue was also cofounder 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 vice president and general manager at Gates Learjet Corporation, where he also served as head of strategic planning. Currently, Mr. Blue is managing director of Spectrum Aeronautical, a developer of high-technology, fuel-efficient business jets.
Mr. Blue has served the community in a variety of functions, serving as board member for a number of civic and professional organizations and as Councilman-at-Large for the city of Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Blue has been interested in flight since childhood. He has more than 10,000 flying hours and is rated in jets, turboprops, helicopters, and amphibians. He served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and was correspondent for the Yale Aerial Expedition to South America.
Mr. Blue holds a BA from Yale University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.