Eric Evans named 2015 Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Photograph of Eric EvansDr. Eric D. Evans, Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was named a 2015 Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for his contributions to the aerospace community.

The distinction of Fellow recognizes individuals who "have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics." AIAA, the world's largest professional society dedicated to aerospace science and engineering and the leading publisher of books and journals on aerospace technology, annually gives Fellow recognition to only one AIAA member
                                     per every 1000 of its voting members.

Dr. Evans is responsible for Lincoln Laboratory's strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations. The Laboratory, a multidisciplinary federally funded research and development center run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Department of Defense, focuses on advanced technology development and system prototyping for national security needs. The 4000 employees at the Laboratory support programs in areas as diverse as air and missile defense, aerospace, homeland protection, communication systems, cyber security, bioengineering, advanced electronics, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.

Currently, Dr. Evans is the vice chair of the Defense Science Board (DSB). He has participated on several studies and served as co-leader of the DSB task forces on Improvised Explosive Devices and on Cyber Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, a member of the Massport Security Advisory Council, and President of the Executive Committee for the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM).

At Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Evans has worked on research and development efforts in radar design and modernization, antenna and microwave components, and adaptive signal processing. From 1999 to 2006, as the head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division, he had responsibility for programs in air and missile defense architectures, sensor technology, automatic target recognition, and open systems architectures, as well as the Laboratory's radar measurements program at the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. He earlier served as the leader of the Laboratory's Air Defense Techniques Group, in which he oversaw Navy programs related to area air defense, ship self-defense, and overland cruise missile defense.

Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the IEEE and an author of more than 50 refereed journal articles and conference papers. In 1996, he and his coauthors received the M. Barry Carlton Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society for a paper on advanced radar signal processing. Dr. Evans holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.

Posted January 2015

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