History

Legacy of Leadership

ERC’s legacy is tied directly to the remarkable Dr. Y.C.L. Susan Wu, the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the prestigious California Institute of Technology. In 1988, she boldly left the security of her professorship at the University of Tennessee Space Institute to work as chairman and CEO of Engineering Research & Consulting (ERC) a company without any employees or customers. The rest, as they say, is history.

ERC is built on the indomitable spirit and extraordinary vision of Susan Wu, which is carried on now by her son, CEO Dr. Ernie Wu. Today, ERC is a responsive, innovative, and agile company that helps the nation’s Defense and Space communities navigate the future. We are proud of our history of working side by side with our customers on missions of national importance.

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