Celebrating Draper's 50th Anniversary
Message from Our President
Draper is proud to mark our 50th anniversary as an independent nonprofit and 90 years as an innovation engineering organization. Our legacy from the past five decades is one of commitment to serving our nation’s interests and security needs with excellence. We honor and sustain that commitment today.
Our success is due in large part to our talented, dedicated, and innovative employees. Working across our 9 campuses and 42 states, they continue to excel and make us proud.
Despite the challenges our nation has faced, they have found a way to solve our customers’ most challenging problems with original solutions in guidance, navigation, and control systems; instrumentation; and vanishingly small systems. Designing world-class technologies, they helped humans take bold steps on the Moon. The Apollo Moon landings continue to be humanity’s greatest achievements and make us among an elite few to land humans on the Moon six times.
Our employees work also has helped humans take bold steps here on Earth by pioneering first-of-a-kind technologies that range from inertial navigation, integrated circuit processor, software, digital controls, microelectromechanical systems, and microfluidics to name a few.
We’re proud of the work that we’ve led to enhance our customers’ mission effectiveness in an increasingly complex world. We look forward to continuing to build on our legacy, defend our democracy, protect our nation, and support humanity. - Jerry Wohletz, Ph.D.
Click here to view a downloadable version of our 50th Anniversary book.