Eric D. Evans was appointed director of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in July 2006. Prior to his appointment, he had served as head of the laboratory's Air and Missile Defense Technology Division, where his responsibilities included program activities with discrimination, radar open systems, sensor technology, and measurements at the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands.
Evans joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1988 as a member of the technical staff in the Radar Systems Group. He subsequently became the leader of the Air Defense Techniques Group, where he was responsible for Navy programs related to area air defense, ship self-defense, and overland cruise missile defense. He led efforts in E-2C radar modernization, including new antenna and digital receiver development and adaptive signal processing techniques, and managed efforts to improve the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar and Standard Missile with new processors and advanced signal processing. As associate head of the Air and Missile Defense Technology Division, he guided the laboratory's programs in theater ballistic missile and cruise missile defense for the Navy, working to develop improved Navy theater defense in near-land or littoral environments.
Evans also worked as a radar design engineer in the Navy's Radar Surveillance Technology Experimental Radar Program, for which he explored microwave component development, antenna design, adaptive signal processing, and radar measurements for a new adaptive UHF radar for fleet defense. This radar system was deployed for testing in severe clutter and jamming environments at several sites around the country.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Electical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1996, he and his co-authors received the M. Barry Carlton Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society for a paper on advanced radar signal processing. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.