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Charles Edward Muehe

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First Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Muehe
Affiliation: 
MIT Lincoln Labs
Bio: 

Charles E. Muehe was born in Seattle, WA, on September 27, 1924. He received the B.S. degree in electrical
engineering from Seattle University in 1950 and the M.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
1952.
After spending four years on the teaching faculty of Seattle University, he joined the Microwave
Components Group at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, where he designed a variety of RF hardware specializing in
broadband techniques, gaseous and solid-state duplexers, and other high power microwave components. From
1969 he served as group leader of a group specializing in the development of advanced radars utilizing Doppler
principles. This group was responsible for the development of the moving target detector (MTD), an advanced
digital signal processor used in air surveillance radars to allow automatic acquisition and tracking of all aircraft
within the radar’s antenna coverage. He has published a variety of papers in the areas of microwave
development and applications, plasma physics, and radar digital signal processing. Retiring from Lincoln
Laboratories in 1990 after 34 years of service, he immediately became a consultant to them, continuing until his
“second” retirement in 2000. He served as the radar editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and
Electronic Systems for many years; he has published a variety of papers in the areas of microwave developments
and applications, plasma physics, and radar digital signal processing.
Mr. Muehe is a member of Sigma Xi, Alpha Sigma Nu, and the American Physical Society.

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Award Information
Award Citation:
For the invention of the Moving Target Detector (MTD) digital signal processor for aircraft surveillance radar.
Award Year:
2005

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."

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