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ISR adds prominent researcher

A prominent technology researcher and Silicon Valley veteran has joined Liberty Lake-based ISR as its principal scientist, the company announced Wednesday.

Howard L. Davidson, whose resume includes helping launch one of the country’s initial attempts at a ballistic missile defense system, joined ISR last week, said company Chief Executive and President Jeff Severs.

In the 1980s, Davidson was a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and helped conceive a defense project called “Brilliant Pebbles.” The plan called for creation of a 4,000-satellite orbiting network that would fire high-velocity, watermelon-sized projectiles at enemy ballistic missiles. It was never built and was shelved by the Clinton White House after the end of the Cold War.

For the past 18 years Davidson had worked at Sun Microsystems of Santa Clara, Calif., where he carried the title of “distinguished engineer.”

His work there, evaluating new hardware and cooling and packaging systems, gives Davidson an ideal background for working at ISR, said Severs.

“A good way to describe his role is to help us plan our technology road map,” said Severs. In particular, his role will be to help develop ISR’s products within the company’s recently created commercial division, added Severs.

ISR has developed the SprayCool cooling system, being sold to the military and commercial customers, to ensure the reliability of high-end, high-temperature electronics. The system uses a patented, enclosed spray system to dissipate heat and noise.

Deloitte & Touche LLP recently ranked ISR 13th out the 50 fastest-growing tech companies in Washington state, based on revenue growth of 812 percent from 2000 to 2004, according to a company press release.

Davidson will divide his time between ISR’s Silicon Valley office and its Liberty Lake headquarters, said Severs.