Dr. Michael C. Wicks, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Senior Scientist for Sensor Signal Processing, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y. He specializes in the science and technology needed for superior U.S. air and space systems for reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare. Dr. Wicks' work involves developing and exploring concepts in signal processing algorithms for detection, discrimination, track processing, identification and the control of distributed sensor systems. He is scientific and technical adviser specializing in radio frequency sensors, radar systems concepts and signal processing research as it applies to advanced ground, air and space systems.
Dr. Wicks began his career with the Air Force in 1981 when he joined the laboratory. He advanced to senior engineer by 1990, principal engineer by 1998 and assumed his current position in 2002. His technical expertise encompasses space-time adaptive processing, advanced algorithm development and ultra-wideband radar, including antennas. Additionally, his expertise includes polarimetric sensor signal processing, S-band inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging, knowledge-base applications to radar signal processing, concealed weapon detection, ground-penetrating radar, bistatic radar, and radar systems engineering. Dr. Wicks holds 15 U.S. patents, and has authored or co-authored two books, several book chapters, and more than 300 journal, conference and technical papers. Additionally, Dr. Wicks participates in numerous national and international panels, committees, and working groups, including NATO and other multi-national organizations.
1979 Associate of Science degree in engineering science, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1985 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1995 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2000 Master of Arts degree in public administration, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1. 1981 - 2002, Electronic Engineer and Program Manager, Sensors Directorate, Rome Research Site, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
2. 2002 - present, Senior Scientist for Sensor Signal Processing, Sensors Directorate, Rome Research Site, AFRL, Rome, N.Y. (2005; October 2010 - present, acting Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for "Contributions to Adaptive Airborne Signal Processing"
Co-recipient of the Brian Hendrickson Memorial Award, Sensors Directorate, AFRL
Engineer of the Year, Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council
1998 Best Patent of the Year Award, Sensors Directorate, AFRL
1998 Fred Nathanson Memorial Award for the Young Engineer of the Year, IEEE
1999 Fellow, AFRL
2001 Alumni of the Year, Mohawk Valley Community College
2006 Waveform Diversity Person of the Year Award, 2nd International Conference on Waveform Diversity and Design
2009 Warren D. White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering, IEEE
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation
Association of Old Crows
Chairman of the IEEE Radar Systems Panel
(Current as of February 2011)