Dr. Edward Gerry is a Senior Partner with Systems, Technology and Science, LLC (STSLLC), where he serves as subject matter expert to the Missile Defense Agency and the Missile Defense National Team. In Maine, where he lives, he also serves on the board of a nonprofit Physiology First and the board of the MIT Club of Maine.
Until 2007, he served as the System Architect for the Missile Defense National Team. Dr. Gerry had been with the National Team since its formation in January, 2002. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Technologist for the Boeing Missile Defense Systems Division after serving on the leadership team of the National Missile Defense Program for several years.
Before he joined Boeing, Dr. Gerry was President and Chief Operating Officer of Schafer Corporation, a leading consulting and engineering company. Dr. Gerry also served as the Systems Architect for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) during the first Bush administration and as acting Deputy Director for several months at the start of the Clinton administration.
From 1975 until he joined SDIO, he was President and COO of W.J. Schafer Associates. During this period, in addition to his corporate duties, he served on several high level advisory boards including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Army Science Board. He also participated in several Defense Science Board studies.
Following President Reagan’s March 23, 1983 announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative, Dr. Gerry was selected to participate on the Fletcher Panel, which laid the groundwork for the formation of SDIO. For this panel, Dr. Gerry chaired the Boost Phase Intercept Concepts Group. From 1971-1975 Dr. Gerry served as Assistant Director for Technology in the Strategic Technology office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to that, he led the High Energy Laser Group at Avco Everett Research Laboratory in Massachusetts. There he was a co-inventor of the CO2 gas dynamic laser, the first laser type scalable to weapon level powers.
Dr. Gerry received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965, his MS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1962, and his BS in Physics from the College of William and Mary in 1959.