Inspiring the Future

17 November 1959 - 9 December 2020


Michael C. "Mike" WicksMichael Wicks was a gifted electronic engineer who had a profound impact on all who met and interacted with him. His distinguished career included a variety of prestigious positions in the U.S. government and academia. He was the originator of a significant number of radar signal processing concepts that are now mainstream, was a distinguished lecturer who spoke to groups all over the world and widely published.

His dedication to the radar community was well known and he gave freely of his time to serve as a member of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic System Society (AESS) Radar System Panel and of the AESS Board of Governors for many years.

But by far his greatest legacy was the profound influence he had on a worldwide generation of radar engineers.

Mike’s passion for ‘giving back’ to the AESS, specifically the technical area of Radar, coupled with his fervor for nurturing the next generation was his motivation when he fulfilled one of his last wishes and created the IEEE Michael C. Wicks Radar Student Travel Grant Award.

Thanks to Mike’s donation to seed the IEEE AESS Michael Wicks Fund of the IEEE Foundation, each year graduate students who are lead authors on a paper in the area of radar signal processing accepted for presentation during the annual IEEE Radar Conference can receive, if selected, travel support to attend the conference and present their research. As time passes, the program and Fund may evolve in alignment with Mike’s vision to maximize support of the next generation of radar engineers.

Donate today to join Mike in supporting this worthy endeavor and help perpetuate his memory and legacy by nurturing generations of radar engineering students.

If you have questions or wish to hold a personal consultation regarding the Fund or ways to contribute, please call +1 732-562-3915 or email donate@ieee.org.

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