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William Fishbein

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First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Fishbein
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William Fishbein (M’62–SM’74–LSM’96) received his B.E.E. Magna Cum Laude from the City College of
New York in 1948 and his M.S.E.E. from Rutgers University in 1955.
Following employment by the U.S. Navy as an electrical engineer at the New York Naval Shipyard and
service with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, he joined the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Laboratory
(CSTAL) of the U.S. Army Communications—Electronics Command (USACECOM) at Fort Monmouth, NJ. In
1974 he became director of CSTAL’s Radar Division. In 1981 he was promoted to Associate Technical Director
of CSTAL.
As the Chief Engineer, Center for the Electronic Warfare & Radar System Target Acquisition Laboratory
(EW/RSTA) of USACECOM, he served until 1987, when he retired and became a Principal Research Engineer
at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
During his career Mr. Fishbein developed technology and equipment for radar and IFF systems. Some of his
major accomplishments include the AN/TPQ-36 & 37 radars–the Firefinder; the lightweight, battery operated
AN/PPS-15 for detection of moving personnel and vehicles; the AN/PPS-5, the first ground surveillance radar
to use clutter filtering and a ‘B-scope’ display to detect the motion of individuals and vehicles; various Doppler
frequency models, adaptive antennas for IFF, and MTI radar for lightweight, remotely piloted vehicles.
He was the recipient of the Army R&D Award for Radar Technology in 1963 and 1970, and for the
Firefinder radar in 1980. He holds thirteen patents, has presented papers and chaired sessions at many radar
conferences, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu.

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Award Citation:
For developing the fundamental concepts, system designs, and basic technology underpinning the design, development, testing, and fielding of the U.S. Army Firefinder family of radars.
Award Year:
2006

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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