Dev Palmer

Are There Dual-Use Applications for mmWave Technology?

The worldwide availability and proliferation of inexpensive, high-power commercial amplifiers and sources have made the electromagnetic spectrum crowded and contested in the RF and microwave regions. The wealth of technical advantages offered by operating at higher frequencies, most notably the wide swaths of bandwidths available, are pushing both commercial and government systems into the millimeter wave (mmWave) region and beyond. However, operation at these higher frequencies poses significant challenges as the available power from electronic devices decreases as operating frequency increases. The challenge presented by the decreasing available device power is compounded by the increasing atmospheric attenuation in the mmWave region of the spectrum. These are primarily engineering challenges that can be overcome, but the dynamic tension between hardware cost and system performance at these frequencies drives the commercial and military worlds towards very different use cases. This talk will consider the common areas of overlap between these disparate use cases, and postulate ways to leverage complementary technical development in each community for dual-use applications.

Dr. Dev Palmer is Chief Technology Officer at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, NJ, responsible for defining and executing technology strategy for innovation incubation.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served as Program Manager at DARPA from 2012 to 2017, and the Army Research Office from 2001 to 2012. His success in guiding research and technology transition led to his selection for the 2010 Army Research Laboratory Award for Program Management, the 2011 Army Superior Civilian Service Medal, the 2013 Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, and the 2017 DARPA Meritorious Service Award.

Dr. Palmer is an IEEE Fellow and volunteer focused on member advancement and recognition. He holds an Amateur Extra class radio operators license, is a registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the Association of Old Crows, the Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, and USNC-URSI. He received the IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Service Award in 2013.