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William Dale Blair Named 2013 GTRI Fellow

Published: July 5, 2012


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The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has named William Dale Blair GTRI Fellow for fiscal year 2013.

Blair, a principal research engineer with GTRI’s Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL), also serves as the technical director for the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) Knowledge Center of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

He joined GTRI in 1997, and has led a multi-organizational team in the development of multiplatform-multisensor-multitarget benchmarks to both air defense and ballistic missile defense. His projects at GTRI focus mostly on the modeling and simulation and algorithm assessment associated with the sensor netting for the battle management, command, and control for the ballistic missile defense system.

Blair’s research has been reported in more than 200 articles, including 38 referred journals, and is coeditor and coauthor of the book “Multitarget-Multisensor Tracking: Advances and Applications III.” He coauthored chapter 18 and authored chapter 19 in the new edition of “Principles of Modern Radar.” He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the 2001 IEEE Nathanson Award for Outstanding Young Radar Engineer. Blair was elected to the board of Governors for the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS) for 2012 to 2015

In addition, he originated and coordinates four short courses for Georgia Tech’s Professional Education Department.

Each nominee must have lab director approval, and submits his or her nomination package to GTRI Chief Scientist Dennis Folds. After reviewing the nominations, the chief scientist, current Fellows and chief scientists within in the eight labs make recommendations to the GTRI Director of Research.

The program is open to all full-time principal researchers, based upon achievement and alignment within a key technical are of research. The nomination consists of a summary of the nominee’s qualifications and a proposal for special activities during a two-year period that will advance the researchers’ prominence in their fields, thereby also enhancing GTRI’s standing.

GTRI Fellows are funded for two years, nominally at $25,000 per year. Once selected, GTRI Fellows retain the title for the remainder of their careers, and are involved in the selection of new Fellows. “We want to recognize the principal research scientists and engineers who have gone well beyond their day-to-day project work and have made a big impact at the national level,” said Folds. “GTRI Fellows should have recognition beyond Georgia Tech that brings prestige to the Institute, and the Fellows program helps them advance their—and our—prestige.”

The original GTRI Fellows Council ran from the early 1990s until 2007. The program was restructured and relaunched in 2011. The program was re-established to recognize “outstanding full-time principal researchers … based on achievement and alignment with a critical GTRI area of research.”

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