Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Executive Director, Advanced Radar Research Center
Robert “Bob” Palmer has decades of experience as an academic thought leader. Currently, he holds the Tommy C. Craighead Chair in the School of Meteorology at OU and is an Associate Vice President for Research & Partnerships. He also established and is Executive Director of the nationally recognized Advanced Radar Research Center.
Bob received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1989. From 1989 to 1991, he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University, Japan, where his major accomplishment was the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of atmospheric turbulent. After his stay in Japan, Dr. Palmer was with the Physics and Astronomy Department of Clemson University, South Carolina. From 1993 to 2004, he was a part of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska, where his interests broadened into areas including wireless communications, remote sensing, and pedagogy. While at OU, his research interests have focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 textbook, 40 international invited talks, and over 300 conference presentations. His research has an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array/signal processing techniques.
Bob is a Fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been the recipient of several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments.