Carl Spight

born: ; place: Indianapolis, Indiana

B.S. 1966 Electrical Engineering Purdue University; M.A. Astrophysical Sciences Princeton University

Ph.D. 1971 Plasma Physics Princeton University
thesis: Analysis or relaxation processes and stability of a plasma in a uniform electric field; advisor: C. R. Oberman

: Chief Scientist of Jackson and Tull, Chartered Engineers


Dr. Carl Spight's professional career includes roles as research scientist, senior technical manager, university professor and senior university administrator. He has served on the faculties of Southern University and Morehouse College (where he achieved the position of tenured full professor and Chair of the Department of Physics) and has held a visiting position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Theoretical Physics. He has held the position of Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Clark Atlanta University.  In addition, to his position at Jackson and Tull, Spight serves, in a subcontract capacity to the Office of Information Technology, City Colleges of Chicago, as Manager of Academic Services. Dr Spight was NSBP President, 1978-1980.

Dr. Spight holds a patent for a machine vision system utilizing programmable optical parallel processing. and has been nationally recognized and is widely invited as both a technical speaker and as a specialist in the sociology of minority participation in science and technology. He has received numerous awards for his contributions including the William F. Thornton Professional Achievement Award from the National Technical Association in 1989 and Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Black Princeton Alumni, June 1990. 

He joined Jackson and Tull in 1990 where he has provided leadership in technology innovation and application. Dr. Spight has performed on research in areas as diverse as the application of probabilistic automata networks to structural optimization and the use of state-of-the art multimedia computer technologies for creating powerful learning and training environments. At Jackson and Tull he has applied his expertise in intelligent robotic control to solve problems of motion planning and manipulation in on-orbit servicing missions.  

Carl Spight and his wife, Marsha Swanston Spight, and their three children reside in Chicago

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