wireless devices and reconfigurable and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) communication systems in work focused on integrated circuit design and wireless system design. As assistant leader of the same group since 2011, he has continued to develop programs in the area of MIMO communications and small-form-factor wireless devices as well as technology for radar and ELINT systems.
Robert Newgard is the director of the Advanced Radio Systems within the Advanced Technology Center at Rockwell Collins, Inc. His principal technical responsibilities are in the design and development of airborne communication systems and technologies. Newgard has performed as principal investigator on numerous Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA)-funded research programs, including the Chip-Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC), Next Generation Spectral Sensor (XG), Analog Spectral Processors (ASP), Dynamics-Enabled Frequency Source (DEFYS), and Chip-Scale Spectrum Analyzers (CSSA). Newgard’s department is focused on the development of technologies and systems focused on the high-performance radio frequency (RF) front ends. Included in this focus are antennas, receivers, transmitters, synthesizers, photonics, and frequency standards.
Lon Pringle is the principal research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute and is the director of the Signature Technology Laboratory. Pringle’s research encompasses infrared phenomenology, advanced infrared measurements and simulations, the detection and tracking of low observable targets in clutter, the management and control of optical energy by active and passive techniques, radiative energy transfer processes in optical color transparencies and prints, adaptive signature control technologies, radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) seeker and fuze designs, advanced RF beam forming using phase-only control (as contrasted with amplitude and phase control), and recently a revolutionary new methodology for the design of wideband, multi-function, reconfigurable apertures. This research led to more than 25 technical publications, and two patents and was supported by approximately $18 million in sponsorship, for $9.5 million of which Pringle has served as project director/principal investigator. Of special note has been his successful direction of the DARPA-sponsored reconfigurable aperture program and its follow-on application in the Future Combat System program.
Yahya Rahmat-Samii (NAE) received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. degree, with highest distinction, in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. Before joining UCLA in 1989, he was a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and was a guest professor at the Technical University of Denmark (TUD) in the summer of 1986. He has also been a consultant to many aerospace companies. He served as chair of UCLA’s Electrical Engineering Department from April 2000 through June 2005. Since 2007, he has held the Northrop Grumman Chair in Electromagnetics at UCLA. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored more than 750 technical journal articles and conference papers, has written 25 book chapters, is the co-author of three books, and holds several patents. He has made pioneering research contributions in diverse areas of electromagnetics, antennas, measurement and diagnostics techniques, numerical and asymptotic methods, satellite and personal communications, antennas for remote sensing and astronomical applications, human/antenna interactions, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic and photonic band gap structures, and the applications of genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimization. On several occasions, Rahmat-Samii’s work has been featured on journal covers and in magazines, as well as in several TV newscasts.
Sebastian Rowson is one of the founders and also the chief scientist at Ethertronics, a privately held antenna design and manufacturing company that manufactures primarily embedded antennas