The Story of DESE

40

Years

DESE Research, Inc. is celebrating our 40 Year Anniversary and we are proud to have served the warfighter and our community through the decades. Take a look at DESE's story in the timeline below to learn more about our history. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. 

Our History

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Since our founding, DESE has impacted not only our local community but also warfighters across the nation, garnering over 40 awards in recognition of our efforts. From advising politicians to 

23 April 1982

DESE Research, Inc. is founded by Dr. Wally Kirkpatrick and opens for business at  2707 Artie Street, Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama with a vision to create a great place to work and a mission to serve the US Warfighter. 

1983

DESE moves to 3224 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama and Wally wins the Gnosis Award.

1989

DESE sales exceed $1M and grows to 16 employees.

1990

DESE moves to 2700 Triana Blvd, Huntsville, Alabama and sales hit $1.4M with 17 employees.

1993

DESE moves to our current location at 315 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, Alabama. Sales hit $2.9M and employees increase to 31. 

1994

DESE is awarded a Phase III SBIR for our Image Enhancement System (IES).

1997

DESE opens a second office in Leavenworth, Kansas. Sales hit $7.1M and employees increase to 72.

1998

DESE begins doing business in Arizona. 

1999

DESE begins doing business in Virginia (DC) and Colorado. A second office is opened in Huntsville for a contract and DESE exceeds $11M in sales, also hitting 100 employees. 

2001

DESE and the Alabama Waterfowl Association team up to establish a conservation easement of 20+ acres to connect the Mud Creek and Skyline wildlife management areas in Jackson County.

2002

DESE begins doing business in Orlando, Florida. 

2003

DESE begins doing business in Washington, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland. 

2004

A new office is opened in Fairfax, Virginia. 

2006

Michael Kirkpatrick is promoted to executive Vice President. Sales are exceeding $14.2M. Wally Kirkpatrick is awarded the Silver Volunteer Service Award by President George Bush. DESE releases the C++ Model Developer on to the market as an Open-Source tool. 

2010

Michael Kirkpatrick is promoted to President at DESE and sales exceed $15.1M. DESE is featured in local news in conjunction with work on NASA's Ares Simulation.

2012

DESE helps co-found a new, woman-owned small business. 

2014

Wally Kirkpatrick named as one of Huntsville's Most Influential People by The Alabama Times. 

Month 2022

Still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and more, DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

Month 2022

Still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and more, DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

Month 2022

Still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and more, DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

Month 2022

Still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and more, DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

2020

DESE donates $50,000 to the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering supporting the education of high school students wishing to specialize in cyber.

2021

Still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and more, DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

2022

DESE celebrates its 40th Anniversary, still providing top notch service to the US Government, our local community, and the warfighter. 

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