Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)


Science Application International Corporation is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States headquartered in San Diego. In 1969, founder Dr. J. Robert Beyster raised the initial capital for the company by selling stock that he had received from General Atomic where he had been the chairman of the Accelerator Physics department since 1957. Initially, the company’s focus was on projects for the U.S. government related to nuclear power and weapons effects study programs. SAIC specialized in providing information and communications products, solutions and services for intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security. In 1990, SAIC purchased the remainder of M/A-COM’s dissolution of Linkabit. Employees of SAIC, including Dr. Gene Ray, went on to found future telecommunication companies in San Diego including Titan Systems, Inc. Today, SAIC performs projects for commercial and government customers related to information technology, systems integration and eSolutions, national and homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, and logistics. Beyster serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the University of California Foundation, where Beyster Auditorium is named for him.

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