NRL's Dr. Steiner Receives IEEE Young Engineers Award

9/28/2000 - 59-00r
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Dr. Michael Steiner, a radar engineer with the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Radar Division, was recently awarded the "Young Radar Engineer of the Year Award" by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Radar Systems Panel of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). The award grants international recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art by IEEE/AESS members under the age of forty. Dr. Steiner received the award at the IEEE International Radar Conference in Washington, DC, in May 2000.

The award was established by the IEEE/AESS in honor of the late Fred Nathanson to encourage individual effort and to foster increased professional participation by developing radar engineers. The IEEE award consists of a commemorative recognition plaque, an honorarium, and a travel stipend for attendance at the conference at which the award is presented. The recipient can also make a separate application to the Fred Nathanson Memorial Fund for an additional grant.

The award nomination states "Dr. Steiner is an active contributor in the conception, direction, and development of both theoretical techniques and practical systems aimed at improving the detection capability of radars."

Dr. Steiner received his BSEE degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, in 1986; his MSEE and PhD. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in 1988 and 1994 respectively.

Dr. Steiner joined the RCA Corporation as a co-op engineer, 1982-1985. He returned to Drexel University in 1985 as a research assistant. Dr. Steiner joined the University of Maryland as a teaching and research assistant in 1986, and then came to NRL's Radar Division as a radar engineer in 1988. He served as a professional lecturer at George Washington, University, Washington, DC, in 1997.

According to his nomination, Dr. Steiner is a member of a core planning group responsible for developing advanced Navy radars He was recently the principal investigator for the efforts on two AEGIS programs: the Adaptive Clutter Cancellation (ACC) project and the High Range Resolution (HRR) project. In this capacity, Dr. Steiner's contributions significantly improved the target detectability of the AEGIS radar system.

Other accomplishments in the radar field made by Dr. Steiner include: development of techniques to detect targets in interference; development of several important adaptive algorithms used to reject jamming and clutter; development of several new pulse equalization algorithms that significantly improve the ability of Navy radars (such as SPN-43, AEGIS) to detect targets in clutter; significant contributions to the research of ultra-wide-band (UWB) radar; contributions to signal processing research for the MK-92 MOD 2 CANDO project; and development of new techniques to reduce the effects of multiple interval clutter and a new target algorithm for staggered Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) radar. Dr. Steiner provided valuable technical assistance in the design of the Anti-ship Missile Defense (ASMD) AN/SPQ-9 radar upgrade from its conception and the AN/SPS-49 Medium PRF Upgrade (MPU) air-surveillance radar project. He conceived an innovative method for designing Doppler filters based on a mini-max principal and provided several significant contributions to communication theory including the disproving of the famous 'Simplex Conjecture'.

Dr. Steiner is a recipient of the 1991 National Radar Conference Best Paper Award and the NRL Alan Berman Publication Award in 1992 and 1997. During his career, Dr. Steiner has authored over 18 publications, conference papers and research reports.

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