Research Outside the Confines of Traditional R&D

Bill Chappell

Director, Microsystems Technology Office
Monday, November 07, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
1690 Beyster

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About the Event

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has had a long history in foreshadowing large scale shifts in technology. Programs currently within the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) are on the cusp of changing several technological landscapes in the MEMS, Photonics, Processing, SiGe, and GaN communities. This talk will cover these specific technologies in detail, while attempting to predict the impact of these technologies for future National Security issues.


Dr. Chappell is the Director of MTO, the DARPA office responsible for next generation microsystems, including advanced electronics, photonics, and MEMS technologies. In the past decades, this office has led fundamental developments in the underpinnings of foundational technologies such as GaAs, GaN, Si Photonics, and MEMS inertial sensors.

The office currently has a focus on technologies for managing the complex and crowded electromagnetic spectrum, extracting information in constrained computing and sensing environments, and new methods for engaging the broader global electronics market for the military.

Dr. Chappell joined DARPA as a program manager in July 2011 and was promoted to his current position in June 2014. His interests include advanced packaging, adaptable RF systems, and antenna arrays.

Prior to joining DARPA in 2011, he served as a full professor at Purdue University with a focus on electromagnetic and wireless systems.

Dr. Chappell received his Bachelor of Science in 1998 from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy studying in the Radiation Laboratory on spectral isolation techniques for high frequency microwave systems using composite materials.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): CSE

Open to: Public