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ECE Faculty recently fielded the first mobile, electronically scanned radar with a weather processing capability. The radar, currently undergoing testing and calibration, will serve as a testbed to explore the addition of weather nowcasting capability to tactical military radars. The electronic beam scan permits this radar to gather weather information more rapidly than a mechanically scanned radar. As a result, the radar will be used by radar meteorologists for scientific investigation of weather phenomena.
ECE Faculty recently fielded the first mobile, electronically scanned radar with a weather processing capability. The radar, currently undergoing testing and calibration, will serve as a testbed to explore the addition of weather nowcasting capability to tactical military radars. The electronic beam scan permits this radar to gather weather information more rapidly than a mechanically scanned radar. As a result, the radar will be used by radar meteorologists for scientific investigation of weather phenomena.

The Sensor Systems engineering Track provides the educational curriculum and thesis research opportunities in a wide range of sensor systems utilized by Navy, DoD and other national agencies. Faculty also provide sponsored research products which advance knowledge and performance in electromagnetic, electro-optic and acoustic systems.

Research efforts cover a wide range of topics dealing with sensor related problems. From basic research in electromagnetic scattering, propagation and compatibility, or underwater acoustic propagation, to applications to electronic warfare and sonar systems, sensor networks, submarine em signatures and shielding, weather processing for tactical military radars, digital//optical receivers, low probability of intercept (LPI) emitters and digital phased arrays for sensors and communication systems. Faculty expertise in the following areas is also present:

  • Radio spectrum utilization
  • Interference resolution
  • Low profile and ultra wideband antennas
  • Direction finding applications
  • Wireless communications applications.
  • High-power impulse antenna design

Recent Accomplishments in the sensor area

  • Fielded mobile, frequency agile, X-band phased array radar with weather processing capability
  • Developed system to autonomously detect and classify LPI radar emitters
  • Demonstration of a wirelessly networked distributed digital phased array
  • Simulation of UAV sensor data links in dense urban environments in the presence of jamming
  • Finite-element software to compute electric and magnetic shielding effectiveness of layered hulls.
  • Design of optimal near-field impulse arrays using genetic and particle-swarm algorithms
  • Wireless communications band signal and interference occupancy measurements
  • Dual-band Smart antenna processor
  • RT16 receiver frequency channelizer
  • 2.4 and 5.8 GHz dual polarized Ultra Wideband antenna for sub-surface applications.

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