Arliss Perry was selected as the outstanding Geography alumnus because of his service to our security and nation and the service he provides to our Geography program. Mr. Perry graduated with a Geography Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, in 1980. He continued his studies after leaving Wright State University earning a Geography Master of Arts degree in 1982 from The Ohio State University and then returned to Wright State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Perry has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography at Wright State University since 1986.
Mr. Perry has spent 26 years in civilian employment with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He has held a variety of positions over the years including Senior Intelligence Analyst within the Imagery Analysis Squadron. As the Senior Intelligence Analyst Mr. Perry lead a 140+ civilian employee squadron whose primary mission was to provide imagery of foreign air and space weapon systems for the US intelligence community and national policy makers.
Mr. Perry currently serves as the Technical Advisor in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB. He has been in this assignment for one year. He is responsible for the interface between external Air Force product centers (such as the Aeronautical Systems Center), Major Commands (MAJCOM’s) and the Sensors Directorate. He seeks to match war-fighter advanced sensor technology needs with Directorate capabilities and expertise. In addition, he provides technical guidance to the 150 personnel within his division in the areas of program management, coordination, testing, and transition of developed sensor capabilities to larger AF military programs.
The faculty congratulate Mr. Perry for his many accomplishments and leadership. And, more personally, we thank him for the many years of support and instruction that he has provided to our Geography students and program.