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5 October 2007

CODAR President Donald Barrick Receives the IEEE 2007 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award

At a special luncheon held October 2nd during the MTS/IEEE Oceans 2007 conference held in Vancouver, Canada, the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society announced Donald Barrick as its 2007 Distinguished Technical Award Recipient. With an audience of over 300 colleagues, presenter Dr. Thomas Wiener cited Dr. Barricks significant achievement in the development and deployment of high-frequency radar systems for mapping ocean current and wave dynamics.

Previous award recipients include ocean engineering legends such as Douglas Webb (2003), Arthur Baggeroer (1992) and Richard K. Moore (1978). The complete list of previous award recipients can be found within the Oceanic Engineering Society web site at
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Donald Barrick - President, CODAR Ocean Sensors, Ltd.Donald E. Barrick was born in Tiffin, OH. He received the B.E.E., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. His Ph.D. research involved interpretation of radar scatter from rough interfaces, including the sea and planetary surfaces. He joined the staff of Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus OH where he led work in radar scattering and signal processing as an Institute Fellow until 1972. During this period he taught electromagnetics, radar, and communications theory at the Ohio State University's Electrical Engineering Department as an Adjunct Professor. From 1972-1983 he served as Chief of the Sea State Studies Division (which he created) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Wave Propagation Laboratory in Boulder, CO; there he developed compact HF radar systems for real-time mapping of ocean currents and waves. Since 1983 he has worked in industry, founding and heading CODAR Ocean Sensors, Ltd. as President.

His scientific interests and experience include radio wave propagation, interactionwith, and scatter from the earth and sea at lower frequencies than microwave.His engineering interests and activities have focused on development of compactlow-frequency radar systems with novel waveforms for remote sensing, leadingto several patents.

Under Dr. Barrick's direction, CODAR Ocean Sensors, Ltd. (COS) has designed theSeaSonde®, a compact, PC-driven family of coastal HF radars that map oceansurface currents and monitor waves in real time. With funding from several DoDprograms, COS has developed analytical tools to optimize and design ULF/ELF/VLFsensors that detect and classify subsurface objects and structures.

His recent research has involved use of HF-radar surface current data for improvingocean circulation models, and use of normal modes to extend and improve nowcastmaps of HF radar data in bays and estuaries. Recent technology advances he hasspearheaded within COS involve land and buoy-based multi-static expansion ofSeaSonde coastal coverage, low-power, compact UHF radars for river flow gaging,and a compact skywave HF radar design that can map ocean surface conditions to4000 km.

Dr. Barrick is a member of Sigma Xi, URSI Commissions F and C, IEEE, the AmericanGeophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society; he has served asAssociate Editor and Administrative Committee member for IEEE Antennas and PropagationSociety. He has published over 150 papers in the open literature, holds ten patents,and coauthored several books, including Radar Cross Section Handbook (Vols. I & II)by Plenum Press. He also serves on boards of directors of several companies.




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