Dr. Eric Walton earned his BS in 1966 from The University of Delaware, his MS in 1968 and the PhD in 1971, both from the University of Illinois. He has been with The Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory since 1977 where he is now a senior research scientist.
A major area of research has been the development of innovative antennas. More than 20 years of research was devoted to automotive conformal antennas. Related research has been the recent development of multiple overlapping antenna clusters for multi-beam systems.
Other research has been in the area of antenna testing techniques and advanced signal analysis such as autoregressive models of radar scattering. Dr. Walton also developed special radar target identification techniques for the Naval Research Laboratory and for the Office of Naval Research. Techniques include application of modern nonlinear spectral analysis concepts to radar target signature analysis.
Dr. Walton was elected president of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association for 1989, having served as vice chairman for 1987 and 1988. He has also served as secretary (1979), vice chairman (1980) and chairman (1981) of the Columbus, Ohio section of the Antennas and Propagation Society of the IEEE. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1994, and in 2008, Dr. Walton was presented with the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association Distinguished Achievement Award.
Dr. Walton's areas of interest include radio and radar signal analysis, radar target identification, compact range development and antenna design. A major area of continuing research is the development of high resolution radar imaging techniques. Specific research topics include superresolution inverse synthetic aperture imaging, higher order spectral analysis and time frequency distribution interpretation of radar scattering. All of these topics have led to improved radar scattering phenomenological concepts with applications to radar target identification. He is the author of several papers and more than 15 reports specifically related to radar target identification.