Karl R. Gerlach, SEAS MS ’75, PHD ’81, was honored June 30 with the 2012 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications. IEEE, the world’s largest professional association advancing technology, recognizes the top technological minds from around the globe. The medal recognizes Gerlach for contributions to radar signal processing, clutter modeling and electronic protection.
Working for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Radar Division from 1971 to 2009, Gerlach has made many important contributions to airborne, ship-based and space-based radar systems. Known for tackling the most difficult problems affecting radar performance, his contributions range from clutter models that improve target detection to inventing innovative electronic protection techniques.