Dr. Eric Evans

eric-evansOrganization: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Personal Biography: Dr. Eric D. Evans was appointed Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory in July 2006. As Director, he is responsible for the Laboratory’s strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations. Lincoln Laboratory is 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. The Laboratory’s 3400 employees work on programs for the three military services and other government agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Over the past several years, Dr. Evans has supported Defense Science Board (DSB) studies, including serving as co-leader of a DSB Task Force on Improvised Explosive Devices. He supports the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, the Department of Energy Laboratory Nuclear Missions Committee, and the Massport Security Advisory Council.

From 1999 through 2006, Dr. Evans was the Division Head of Lincoln Laboratory’s Air and Missile Defense Technology Division. He was responsible for programs associated with air and missile defense architectures, automatic target recognition, sensor technology, open systems architectures, and measurements at the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands.

Prior to 1999, Dr. Evans was the Group Leader of the Laboratory’s Air Defense Techniques Group, where he was responsible for Navy programs related to area air defense, ship self-defense, and overland cruise missile defense. He led efforts in E-2C radar modernization, including new antenna, digital receiver, and signal processor development. His group worked to incorporate advanced E-2C capability into the Navy’s Mountain Top Program for air-directed surface-to-air missile system development. Dr. Evans was also responsible for Laboratory efforts to improve the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar and Standard Missile with new processors and advanced signal processing.

Dr. Evans has also worked as a radar design engineer for the Navy’s Radar Surveillance Technology Experimental Radar (RSTER) program. His work included the development of antenna and microwave components, adaptive signal processing algorithms, and low cross-section targets for a new adaptive array radar for fleet defense.

Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the IEEE and an author of over forty-five refereed journal articles and conference papers. In 1996, he and his co-authors 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 B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.


Lecture Topic: Technology for National Security
This presentation describes radar research and development at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), developing new technology for US national security. The presentation covers how radars work and how they are used for tracking and identifying targets. Several new technology examples and radar applications are described with many hands-on examples!