2003 Technical Excellence Award Recipients

Dr. Richard M. HeinrichsDr. Richard M. Heinrichs
In recognition of his individual contributions and technical leadership in the development and application of experimental laser detection and ranging systems with significant new capabilities.

Dr. Richard M. Heinrichs holds BS degrees in physics and electrical engineering from MIT, an MS degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts. His doctoral thesis concerned the investigation of superfluidity in 3He-4He mixture films. After obtaining his PhD, he performed post-doctoral work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the area of nonlinear fluid dynamics.

After his post-doctoral work, Dr. Heinrichs joined the Technical Staff of Lincoln Laboratory in 1986. He currently leads the Laser and Sensor Applications Group at Lincoln Laboratory.  His Group has programs aimed towards the development of direct-detection 3D laser radars and high-resolution coherent laser radars, as well as the integration of advanced radar techniques to the optical regime. He was Chairman of the Coherent Laser Radar Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2003.

Mr. Robert A. BondMr. Robert A. Bond
For his technical vision and leadership in the application of high performance embedded processing architectures to real-time digital signal processing systems.

Mr. Robert A. Bond holds a BS degree (honors) in physics from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Bond has worked in the area of embedded processors and signal-processing technology for over twenty-five years. He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1987 and is currently Leader of the Embedded Digital Systems Group.

At Lincoln Laboratory, Mr. Bond has led the development of several notable signal-processing systems and has pioneered the use of portable middleware libraries and software engineering methods. He was responsible for the development of the Mountaintop RSTER radar software architecture and was coordinator for the radar-system integration and verification. He was involved in early studies to evaluate the use of massively parallel processors (MPP) for real-time signal-processing. In the late 1990s, he managed the development of an 85 Gflop/sec, 1000-processor MPP for performing radar space-time adaptive processing (STAP).

In the last five years, Mr. Bond has directed research and development in advanced software techniques for embedded signal- and image-processing systems. During this time, he oversaw the development of the parallel vector library (PVL), a prototype middleware library for portable, scalable, embedded signal-processing. Mr. Bond is the co-chair of the High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) Software Initiative (HPEC-SI) Applied Research working group. His current research interests include advanced signal-processing middleware, rapid prototyping methodologies, cluster computing, software optimization techniques, and parallel/distributed algorithms and architectures.

Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, Mr. Bond worked at Unisys Corporation on radar and sonar simulation for Naval command and control systems. He started his career in embedded processing at CAE electronics, where he worked on radar, navigation, and Kalman filter systems for flight simulators.

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