Dr. Robert Beyster
President and CEO of SAIC
J. Robert Beyster
Chairman, President and CEO, SAIC
When he founded the company in 1969, Dr. J. Robert Beyster could have followed the more traditional American process of closely holding the stock of the company among himself and a top layer of senior management. Instead, he chose from the very beginning to reward the performance of employees with stock ownership. He believes that as a result of the employee ownership philosophy, Science Applications International Corporation has become one of the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned companies in the world.
When he started SAIC, Dr. Beyster had little idea that over the next quarter century he would build a company with over 39,000 employees and over $4.7 billion in revenues.
After receiving B.S.E., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering and Physics from the University of Michigan, Dr. Beyster began his career in the early 1950's as a senior scientist at Westinghouse. He then worked as a physicist at Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory, conducting research using a water boiler reactor and a large Van De Graaf Accelerator.
He joined General Atomic in 1957 as chairman of the Accelerator Physics Department, where he established and managed the 100-million-volt traveling wave linear accelerator facility, a self-supporting government and private research laboratory. His research on neutron thermalization led to the publication of a book entitled Slow Neutron Scattering and Thermalization by Park, Nelkin, Beyster and Wikner.
Dr. Beyster has written or coauthored approximately 60 publications and reports.
As the result of his professional and business success, Dr. Beyster has earned recognition and received numerous awards. Among his many honors:
He was named a national "Supporter of Entrepreneurism" by Venture Magazine in 1988.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer, in 1989.
He received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the CONNECT Program in Technology and Entrepreneurship of the University of California, San Diego in 1994.
He was featured on the cover of the December 1, 1997, issue of Forbes magazine, which said, "J. Robert Beyster has built one hell of a company".
His many professional associations allow Dr. Beyster to extend his influence to a wide circle of business and academia. A fellow of the American Nuclear Society, he has served as chairman of the Society's Reactor Physics Department and Shielding Division. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the Director of the Strategic Planning Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a member of the Defense Science Board Low Observable Panel.
A vigorous supporter of education, Dr. Beyster recently endowed a chair in Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.