Dr. Lisa Zurk joined DARPA in August 2016 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. Her area of interest is physics-based processing techniques applied to advanced sensor system concepts, particularly for underwater acoustics and electromagnetic sensing.
Dr. Zurk is currently on leave from Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon, where she is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. At PSU, she founded and currently co-directs the Northwest Electromagnetics and Acoustics Research Laboratory (NEAR-Lab), which conducts research focused on the modeling and analysis of electromagnetic and acoustic wave phenomenon for development of advanced signal processing techniques. Prior to joining Portland State University, Dr. Zurk spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she was an associate group leader. She was a research scientist at a number of institutions, including the Applied Physics Laboratory, Metron Inc., Nova Biomedical, Varian Assoc., and Northeastern University. She has received a number of awards and distinctions including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award, the Young Scientist Award, the ONR Faculty award, and selection as a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Zurk received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University, and a doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Washington.
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