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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Weather radar signal processing


Svetlana Bachmann
Lockheed Martin
Syracuse NY

Monday, May 9, 2011
1:30 p.m. reception
2:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

BachmannWeather radar provides essential observations of the atmosphere used for forecasts and warnings to the public. The primary weather surveillance radar system operated by U.S. agencies is the WSR-88D (NEXRAD) system, which consists of 150+ nearly identical radars deployed in the 1990s. NEXRAD is an S-band highly capable radar that has proved to be of great value to many sectors of our society. The Radar Operation Center (ROC) and the NEXRAD Product Improvement (NPI) Program are continually improving the system. This presentation will provide an overview of signal processing and a touch up on some of the signal processing improvements occurred over the last decade.


Dr. Bachmann started her career in the late 80s in the electronic components division for a high security nuclear missile facility in the Soviet Union. In the 90s she specialized in the design and technology of RF-systems for military applications. Post Cold War she completed her PhD in Multidisciplinary Engineering (2007) from the University of Oklahoma. At Oklahoma she participated as a post doctoral fellow with the Department of Commerce, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Radar Research and Development Division. During her affiliation with the NSSL (2001-2008) she developed dual polarization prototype and novel signal processing algorithms, which were subsequently deployed on the prototype and on the National weather radar network. She received "Best Paper of the Year" in Radar Innovations for Meteorology Award in 2008. She is presently a Member of the Technical Staff with Advanced Radar Systems and Technology at Lockheed Martin (LM). She serves on the LM Intellectual Property Review Board and the Independent Technology Council. She is the president of the LM Innovators Employee Network. She was the keynote speaker at the LM 2010 Nanotechnology Showcase bridging RF and Nano technologies. She received a special recognition as the Innovator 2010 for her recent Patents and Trade Secrets. In the unclassified domain she has 25+ journal and conference publications, and several book chapter contributions.