Dr. Eric W. Lucas

Dr. Eric W. Lucas directs AOE’s advanced electromagnetic field simulation research and software product development. Dr. Lucas received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1993 with a 4.0 GPA with an emphasis in computational electromagnetics. His research focused on the full-wave electromagnetic simulation of infinite periodic arrays by the 3D hybrid finite element method (FEM). He hass 20 years of industrial experience in the design and electromagnetic simulation of advanced technology wideband and wide-scanning phased arrays. He was formerly with the Northrop Grumman Corporation from 1986-1998, where he was an Advisory Engineer primarily responsible for the design and development of wideband low-observable notch array technology. He designed the radiating apertures for numerous programs, including those for major advanced technology Air Force radar programs such as F-22, YF-23 and JSF. He was the formulation lead and software co-developer of the proprietary 3D hybrid infinite periodic finite element field solver that was exclusively used for these high performance aperture designs. Dr. Lucas was awarded 3 patents while at the Northrop Grumman Corporation, 2 of these pertaining to wideband notch radiator technology (U.S. Patent No. 5,175,560 Dec. 1992 and 5,194,875 March 1993). Dr. Lucas is a recognized expert in the field of computational electromagnetics and wideband notch array technology. He represented the Northrop Grumman Corporation as an invited speaker at a special panel session on wideband array technology at a mid-1990’s IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium (APS). He has also presented numerous IEEE APS conference papers related to electromagnetic FEM array simulation, and serves as an IEEE AP Transactions paper reviewer.

Dr. Lucas has been responsible for developing state-of-the-art, object-oriented finite element and integral-equation-based electromagnetic (EM) simulation software implementations in service of diverse technology license agreements. AOE’s proprietary EM software simulation technology targets passive RF transmission lines, interconnects and circuits, diverse waveguide devices and antenna systems including phased arrays, and frequency selective surfaces. Using AOE’s in house EM simulation capabilities, Dr. Lucas has executed various state-of-the-art wideband phased array antenna designs for the U.S government as well as the Northrop Grumman Corporation. These high performance phased array designs have supported wide scanning, wide-band as well as circularly polarized and dual-band array applications.

While working with the Northrop Grumman ESSD/Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Dr. Lucas co-developed an advanced hybrid method of moments/finite element electromagnetic analysis capability that enabled efficient high-frequency electromagnetic computer simulation of general 3D phased array radiating element architectures. Dr. Lucas also co-developed and implemented a novel 2D finite element technique for the eigenmode propagation analysis of general lossy, reciprocal/non-reciprocal uniform waveguide structures with application to general transmission lines and magnetic microwave devices. These technologies proved to be an important competitive advantage to Northrop Grumman for nearly 10 years, and were used instrumentally in the development of Northrop’s world class wide-band, wide-scanning low-observable phased array technologies. Dr. Lucas was the principal radiating element technology developer for several advanced technology phased array military radar programs including ATF, F-22, JSF and SPQ9-B. Dr. Lucas was a principal developer of Northrop’s patented wide-band printed and machined notch radiating element technology. Dr. Lucas’s phased array radiating element design experiences included diverse waveguide, patch, slot and notch architectures, predominantly for frequencies in the 2-18 GHz range.

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