The world’s largest association of technical professionals has selected Wright State engineering professor Brian Rigling as the recipient of the IEEE AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award “for outstanding contributions in radar imaging and adaptive waveform design.”
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the radar art through technical papers, presentations, inventions or products by someone under the age of 40.
“Radar is an all-weather day/night sensor that uses radio waves to estimate the range, altitude, direction or speed of objects,” said Rigling, Ph.D. “It can be used to detect, track and image aircraft, ships, spacecraft, missiles, motor vehicles, atmospherics and terrain.”
Originally developed as the primary wartime sensor, radar has emerged as the most widely applicable sensor technology, with a growing presence in transportation, medicine, outer space and belowground exploration.
Rigling credits his collaborative relationship with radar experts in the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“I’m fortunate to be part of a growing cluster of sensor expertise in the Dayton area,” he said. “They help focus efforts on relevant problems and provide insightful interactions.”
A graduate of Fairfield High School, Rigling received degrees from the University of Dayton (B.S. in physics/computer science) and The Ohio State University (M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering).
He will be presented with the award at the 2015 International Radar Conference in Washington, D.C.
The award comes from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. The IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members in chapters around the world.