Jeffrey Herd named a 2018 Fellow of the IEEE

by Dorothy Ryan | Communications and Community Outreach Office

Dr. Jeffrey S. Herd, a group leader at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has been selected for elevation to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), effective 1 January 2018. The IEEE is the world's largest professional organization committed to fostering technological progress. Fellow status is conferred on individuals whose accomplishments have significantly contributed to the advancement of engineering, science, and technology. A nationally recognized expert in RF technology, Dr. Herd was recognized for his "leadership in the development of low-cost phased array technology." 

"I couldn't be happier about receiving this honor," Dr. Herd said. "The IEEE Fellow award is a major professional milestone, and it symbolizes the impact that Lincoln Laboratory is having in the international R&D community."  

As leader of the RF Technology Group, Dr. Herd directs the development of RF technologies for emerging national security needs in radar, electronic warfare (EW), and communications. He is leading R&D in several innovative technologies: low-cost phased array technology for ground-based radar systems, lightweight arrays that may enable affordable space-based radar constellations; next-generation diamond-based power amplifiers; and system-on-chip wideband receivers. In the EW area, he is guiding the development of simultaneous transmit and receive technology that is essential to EW system improvements.

"Jeff's contributions span the breadth of Lincoln Laboratory's mission areas and represent a model for leveraging advanced technology in system-level innovation for problems of national importance. Under his leadership, we have built a strong enterprise in RF technology that will allow the Laboratory to make sustained contributions in the field and has created momentum for our having an even larger impact moving forward," said Dr. Robert Atkins, head of the Advanced Technology Division in which Dr. Herd's group works.

During his 18 years at Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Herd served as the program manager and principal contributor for the U.S. Army's Self-Protection program, led the antenna subgroup of the Navy's Radar Roadmap study, and developed ultrawideband array technology for airborne surveillance and targeting applications. After serving in various group leadership roles, he was appointed to his current position in 2014.  

Prior to joining the Laboratory, Dr. Herd worked in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he developed phased array antenna technologies, including wideband scanning arrays, multifrequency antennas, conformal arrays, and digital beamforming arrays. From 1992 to 1994, he was a visiting scientist at the Institute for High Frequency Physics at the German Aerospace Research Establishment in Munich, Germany.

Dr. Herd holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has published more than 50 technical journal and conference papers and is an inventor listed on four issued patents. From 2012 to 2014, he served on the National Academy of Science panel for Active Scientific Uses of the Radio Spectrum. He has served as an elected Administrative Committee member for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. In 2013 and 2016, he was the general chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology, and is currently the general chair for the 2019 conference. 

Posted December 2017

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