MIT Lincoln Laboratory Overview and Technology Directions

March 26, 2014
Location: Davis Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Eric D. Evans, Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory


MIT Lincoln Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), developing new technology in support of national security. The core areas of research include advanced sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), and communications. Laboratory programs focus on high-risk, high-payoff technology and prototypes which, if successful, transition to industry for production. Nearly all of the Lincoln Laboratory facilities are located in Lexington, Massachusetts.

This talk will describe some of Lincoln Laboratory's current research, development and prototyping programs. Technology challenges for some future defense systems will be highlighted

Speaker Bio

Eric D. EvansDr. Eric D. Evans, Director, is responsible for the strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a multidisciplinary Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Department of Defense. The Laboratory focuses on advanced technology development and system prototyping for national security needs, working on programs for the military services and other government agencies. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Evans was the Head of Lincoln Laboratory's Air and Missile Defense Technology Division with responsibility for programs associated with air and missile defense architectures, sensor technology, automatic target recognition, open systems architectures, and measurements at the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. He previously served as the Leader of Air Defense Techniques Group, directing the Laboratory's Navy programs in air defense, ship self-defense, and overland cruise missile defense. Dr. Evans was responsible for efforts to improve the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar and Standard Missile, and worked as a radar design engineer for the Navy's Radar Surveillance Technology Experimental Radar (RSTER) program.

As a member of the Defense Science Board, Dr. Evans has served on several studies and co-led task forces on Improvised Explosive Devices and Cyber Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud. He is an advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, a member of the Massport Security Advisory Council, and President of the National GEM Consortium for Graduate Education for Underrepresented Minorities. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an author of more than 50 refereed journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Evans holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.

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