Online Panel Series
Title: Online Panel: The Future of EW, Radar and Communications Systems
Date: July 21, 2021
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET
Sponsored by: Keysight Technologies, Per Vices, APITech, Tabor Electronics and Benchmark
This panel of experts will discuss and debate what technology trends are shaping the architectures of next-generation EW, radar and communications links for military and aerospace systems (e.g., ADCs/DACs, FPGAs, GaN, SiGe, programmability, open architectures, AI, 3D printing, Quantum Technologies, etc.).
Moderator: Cliff Drubin, Associate Technical Editor, Microwave Journal
Panelist: Chris Johnston, Director, Radar & Electronic Warfare Solutions, Keysight Technologies
Panelist: Victor Wollesen, Founder and CEO of Per Vices
Panelist: Ian Dunn, Chief Technology Officer, APITech
Panelist: Mark Elo, US National Sales Manager, Tabor Electronics
Panelist: Mark Felipe, Director, Engineering Fellow, Benchmark
Panel Participant Bios:
Moderator – Microwave Journal
Cliff Drubin, Associate Technical Editor
Cliff Drubin is an associate technical editor at Microwave Journal. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MSEE from Northwestern University. He has 20 years of combined operational experience with the U.S.A.F. as an Electronics Warfare Officer and Communications Electronics Engineer as well as 36 years of industrial experience in RF through mmWave design for defense radar systems.
Chris Johnston, Director, Radar & Electronic Warfare Solutions
Chris Johnston, Director, Radar & Electronic Warfare Solutions. Leader of a highly experienced team of solution architects and business development managers. Chris’ charter is to help R&D and T&E groups within Keysight’s customer base by providing test solutions (or enabling IP) to allow the warfighter to better address system capabilities for both operations and support of defense radar and electronic warfare systems.
Previous roles with Keysight include managing the aerospace and defense strategic pursuits; Americas defense development group, South Texas sales district; Americas market development manager for signal sources and signal analysis divisions; and field selling roles with customers in Keysight’s major test and measurement markets (e.g. DoD, DoE, wireless, component, and education).
Chris came to Keysight (formally Agilent) in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati where he completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze star clusters and the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal.
Victor Wollesen, Founder and CEO
Victor Wollesen is the CEO and co-founder of Toronto-based Software Defined Radio company Per Vices Corporation. Victor has an honour’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers on SDR technology, one of which was presented at IEEE’s Radar Conference in 2020. Victor is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and in his free time enjoys putting his recreational pilot’s license to use.
Ian Dunn, Chief Technology Officer
In the CTO role, Ian will focus on Technology Development, Technology Roadmaps, New Product Innovation, and Product Differentiation. Before joining APITech, Ian held positions as VP of Advanced Technology and the Chief Scientist at Mercury Systems. He was responsible for advanced technology development with government labs and key technology partnerships. Before this role, he was the SVP & GM for Mercury’s Sensor and Mission Processing business unit. Ian has held several P&L and technology roles at Mercury since completing his doctoral work. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in electrical engineering. Ian has 25 years of experience designing and programming parallel computers for real-time mission and sensor processing applications. He has authored numerous papers and a book on algorithm design for parallel computer architectures.
Mark Elo, US National Sales Manager
Mr. Mark Elo is the US General Manager for Tabor Electronics. He began his career as a design engineer in Hewlett-Packard’s Microwave Division in 1990 and has since held various senior engineering and management positions at Agilent Technologies, Anritsu, Gigatronics and Keithley Instruments in R&D, Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Elo has almost 30 years of test and measurement experience in microwave instrumentation, especially with respect to signal simulation and spectrum analysis – specializing in product definition and product realization of RF and Microwave frequency synthesis and analysis platforms. He has also held the Chair for the AXIe Marketing Committee, participated in wireless standards and has published multiple articles.
Mark Felipe, Director, Engineering Fellow
Mark Felipe is the Director of Design Engineering at Benchmark Lark Technology’s RF and High Speed Design Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He provides technical leadership and guidance for all design initiatives, as well as cross-functional engineering mentoring and leadership development. Mark previously served as an RF Hardware Engineer for Google, and was responsible for designing and developing ATPC radio algorithms for link-level functionality. Prior to Google, Mark served as a staff engineer at Qualcomm where he was responsible for RFIC architecture design and modeling. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. Mark also earned two master’s degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Wireless Embedded Systems, both from the University of California, San Diego.