Dale Groutage came to the University of Wyoming (UW) from Reliance, Wyoming. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UW and did graduate work at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
His career began in 1968 as a research engineer at the Naval Weapons Center in Corona, California. From 1971 to 1988, he conducted research in the areas of ocean surveillance and autonomous vehicles at the Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC), San Diego. During his time with NOSC, he developed a new loitering missile concept called Persistent Antiradiation Missile (PARM). He was lead project engineer for the development and testing of the first three PARM systems that were used to baseline the billion-dollar Tri-Service program .TACIT RAINBOW. (mini-cruise missile system). Three of the six US patents he holds relate to the TACIT RAINBOW system concept.
In 1988, he joined the staff at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), formerly the David Taylor Research Center, Bremerton, Washington, as a senior research scientist. In 2001, he was selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) as the NSWC Engineer of The Year and one of the Top Ten Engineers in the Federal Government. After a distinguished career in the public sector and significant recognition within the academic community, he accepted a position with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 2001 as the senior investigative scientist in the Sea Technology Division in Bremerton, Washington.