Dr. Abe M. Zarem received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Caltech, where he earned his Doctor of Science degree, and was elected to the Hall of Fame at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering. He has been engaged in an extraordinarily broad spectrum of academic, civic, industrial, governmental, and professional management activities covering many fields of endeavor and for which he has received many honors.
His achievements include developing the "Zarem camera," a high-speed camera with no moving parts, designated by the U.S. Navy as the world's fastest, and stemming from his participation in the Manhattan District Project. He has served as special advisor on technology transfer and the application of scientific research to many distinguished industrial, academic, and national leaders — including the king of Spain and the vice president of the United States — to improve how people live, work, and play. A model of the "world's first practical ion engine," which Zarem's company, Electro-Optical Systems, designed, now resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
In 1963, Dr. Zarem served as senior vice president of Xerox and left in 1970 to initiate a private, technical, and management consultancy. This became the underpinning of Dr. Zarem's later contributions on management training and consulting with special attention to the understanding and development of strategic thinking and executive leadership.
Dr. Zarem returned to Xerox Corporation as founder and CEO of Xerox Development Corporation (XDC) in 1975. Created at his suggestion for pursuing innovative means of identifying and capturing unusual business opportunities related to "inventing the future," XDC achieved extraordinary success in a few short years.
He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu (Delta), and the National Academy of Engineering; a fellow of the AIAA and IEEE; and won HKN's Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award in 1948. In the past two decades, he has continued his very active role as a strategic business development advisor in the broad fields of information technology and telecommunications, embracing interactive distance learning, telemedicine, education, and entertainment, fulfilling his life-long goal and objective "to identify talent and to challenge it to greater achievements."