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Dr. Robert Lutwak is the Senior Technologist for Position, Navigation, and Timing at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Lutwak serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the research, development, adaptation, and application of position, navigation, and timing processes, techniques, and components to meet AF needs for precision PNT in any environment at any time.

As ST PNT, Dr. Lutwak is responsible for planning, conducting, evaluating, and coordinating theoretical and experimental studies in PNT across AFRL and with other DoD laboratories and agencies. Dr. Lutwak conducts research and development activities across the broad areas of PNT technology concepts, including the design of new sensors, processes, and sensor integration techniques aimed at decreasing the cost and improving the performance of AF/DoD PNT systems. Dr. Lutwak provides PNT technical guidance to AFRL Leadership and participates in AF, DoD, NASA, Navy, Army, industrial, international, and university program reviews and working groups to represent AF PNT needs and to ensure that the Air Force is aware of the latest research and development achievements essentials to guiding AF investment and applications.

Prior to joining AFRL in April 2018, Dr. Lutwak served as a Program Manager at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Microsystems Technology Office. At DARPA/MTO, Dr. Lutwak led programs developing clocks, inertial sensors, magnetometers, and optical frequency synthesis, leveraging modern atomic physics, integrated photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems. From 1998 through 2013, Dr. Lutwak served as Physicist, later Chief Scientist, at Datum Corporation (later Symmetricom, now Microsemi), where he led the development of atomic clocks for telecommunications, aerospace, and Defense applications. In this role, Dr. Lutwak led the successful, DARPA-funded, Chip-Scale Atomic Clock program. The CSAC, now a commercial product, is 100 times smaller and 50 times lower power than any previous atomic clock technology and enables atomic-quality timing in portable battery-powered applications.


1987 B.S. physics, summa cum laude, Miami University
1997 Ph.D. atomic and optical physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1. January 1987 – May 1988, National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.
2. May 1988 - June 2013, Physicist->Senior Scientist->Chief Scientist, Datum/Symmetricom, Beverly, Mass.
3. September 2013 – September 2017, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.
4. September 2017 – March 2018, Laboratory Technical Staff, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.
5. April 2018 – present, Senior Technologist for Position, Navigation, and Timing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


2017 DARPA Meritorious Public Service Medal
2017 IEEE Fellow
2016 DARPA Director’s Results Matter Award

(Current as of June 2018)


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