Patrick J. Bell

Dr. Patrick Bell

Dr. Patrick J. Bell is a technical staff member in the RF Technology Group. His interests include the design of advanced wideband millimeter-wave radar technology, wideband electronic warfare and electronic intelligence (EW/ELINT) systems, wideband active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs), microwave circuit and system design, and advanced packaging techniques.

Dr. Bell has led several project teams that have designed and built a compact, wideband, wide-scanning AESA for an EW system and a compact, wideband RF front end for an ELINT receiver system. He is currently leading the project team developing an advanced airborne radar pod. All of these systems require innovative RF electronics and packaging, and Dr. Bell's involvement spans concept development, architecture and design, fabrication and integration, and demonstration in the field.  Prior to joining the RF Technology Group, he worked on high-power amplifiers for satellite communication systems in tactical environments.

Dr. Bell is the lead instructor for the "Build a Radar" course for the MIT Professional Education Program and MIT Independent Activity Period. Students in these courses gain experience in the construction and testing of simple, low-cost, laptop-based radar systems capable of forming Doppler, range-time intensity, and synthetic aperture images, providing the students with the opportunity to explore the intersection of electromagnetics, electronics hardware, and signal processing. He is also involved in project to develop this course into a massively open online course (MOOC) that is a unique blend of traditional instruction, hands-on labs, and real-world data collection.

Dr. Bell has published several papers and holds one patent. He is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and serves on the steering committee for the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium.

He received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a graduate student, he conducted research in the use of RF microelectromechanical switches (MEMS) to create reconfigurable microwave power amplifiers.

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