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ECE student earns Wozencraft Award for Winter Quarter
U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya

ECE student earns Wozencraft Award for Winter Quarter

By Javier Chagoya

Lt. Michelle Parmentar, a student in NPS’ electronic systems engineering program, has been selected as the recipient of the AFCEA Monterey Bay Chapter John McReynolds Wozencraft Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Academic Honor Award, presented March 19.

Parmentar’s thesis investigates the effects of spectrally opportunistic shaped communications waveforms impinging into the spectrum of a radar.

“To simulate the radar, we first use a Hamming-based spectral shape and a more realistic spectrum from a commercial navigation radar,” explained Parmentar.

“Our results showed that, yes, you can spectrally shape a communications signal to fit on the side lobes of a commercial navigation radar and inject some into the mainlobe. We tested three different communications spectral shapes,” she added.

Parmentar, along with two of her fellow upcoming ECE graduates, shared their work during a campus presentation with faculty and colleagues, along with special guests Capt. Scott Tait and retired Master Chief Rachel Costello. Recently retired, Tait served as the prospective executive officer and then commanding officer for the Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, USS Zumwalt.

“In my opinion, the first presentation was the best, and the most relevant to the Navy,” said Tait of Parmentar’s work. “Michelle's research illuminates a trend I think will dominate the next decade – the convergence of communications and surveillance technologies.

“In the near future, communications technology will allow us to develop sensors that operate across the entire frequency spectrum simultaneously, and will allow us to communicate using parts of the spectrum now largely reserved for sensors. Systems will probably be able to surveil and communicate simultaneously in a way that blends imperceptibly into the background of ubiquitous electromagnetic noise,” added Tait.

Also competing in this quarter’s Wozencraft Award competition was Lt. Daniel Blue, presenting his thesis titled "Photonic Analog-to-Information Receiver Signal Processing." And finally, Lt. Lance Wright presented his research on the Vulnerability Analysis of the Long Term Evolution Control Plane architecture. His thesis advisor was Assistant Professor John Roth and Professor John McEachen.


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