Retired Group President and Corporate Senior Vice President
Hughes Aircraft Company
BS Engineering & Physics, Cornell University
Cornell Chapter, 1950
Children – Tracy, Russell, Bradley. Four grandchildren
Ted Wong retired in 1992 as President of Missile Systems Group and Sr. Vice President of Hughes Aircraft Co. During his time at Hughes he also served on Hughes Policy Board and Management Executive Committee.
Wong’s early engineering assignments were in the systems analysis of sub-systems in US Air Defense Interceptor Aircraft. Among his innovations were snap-up attack against very high altitude targets, lead bias launch of early nuclear warheads, and implementation of LaGrange’s equations in an analog of high powered microwave tubes. He then served in a variety of supervisory positions in engineering analysis and design. Wong was then assigned responsibility for the preliminary system design of the revolutionary avionics and missiles incorporated on the country’s new front line aircraft: F-108, YF-12, and F-14.
This was followed by a series of management assignments in Missile Systems, one of the major business sectors of Hughes. An initial assignment in Missile Advanced Design was followed by assuming responsibility for all activities in the acquisition of new business. He was subsequently promoted to President and General Manager of Missile Systems. In this period, this business unit secured a contract for one of the most significant new missile systems (AMRAAM) that is still in production after 30 years. In addition, Missile Systems competed for and secured a prominent role in our country’s new Ballistic Missile Defense Initiative. Winning this major program and penetration of a new product line created the basis of a many fold increase in business volume for Missile Systems.
Activities and Awards
Member of USSTRATCOM Commander’s Strategic Advisory Group; Three time Member of the Air Force (term limited) Scientific Advisory Board; Ad Hoc advisor on various Special Defense Studies; Director on Honolulu Armed Services YMCA Board; Chairman of Board of Directors of Adroit Systems Inc.; SCORE Small Business Advisor; Hawaii Pacific Health Institutional Review Board Member; Member of Board of Directors of South Pacific Development Group; Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service; Defense Department Medal for Exceptional Service; CESASC Medal for Outstanding Engineer of the Year.
Fresh water and deep sea fishing, golf