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Engineering in the Real World

Georgia Tech Research Institute

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As an engineering student, have you ever wondered what you will be doing as an engineer? Dr. Blair will discuss his role and contributions to the various projects in which he has been involved as an electrical engineer in private industry, the US government, and an academic institute. He will share his insights into what to expect to on your first day of work as an electrical engineer and a career. Currently, he is a Principal Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), GTRI Fellow and an Adjunct Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He regularly serves as advisor to PhD students employed at GTRI. He regularly mentors new engineers and coaches them through the research process to the publication of their results.

He has been recognized by GTRI for his mentoring of young engineers. Dr. Blair is quite an accomplished engineer. He has co-authored over 35 journal papers, more than 200 conference papers and reports, five book chapters, and coedited one book. In 2001, he was selected for the IEEE Fred Nathanson Award for Outstanding Young Radar Engineer for the advancement of multitarget-multisensor tracking and radar resource allocation. In 2002, he was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow for technical leadership and contributions to developing multitarget-multisensor tracking technology and applications. He will share his experiences that led to those accomplishments.