Dr. Michael Zuniga joined DARPA as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office in July 2019. His research interests include over-the-horizon radar and electro-optical systems to enhance the mosaic warfare concept. He is also interested in novel radio frequency (RF) and acoustic active cancellation countermeasures enabled by emerging unmanned aerial vehicle and autonomous underwater vehicle systems; adaptive control of underwater acoustic radiation; and physics-based signal and sensor array processing with application to RF and acoustic surveillance systems.
Prior to joining DARPA, Zuniga served as corporate director of R&D for Leidos (formerly SAIC) and, before that, as chief technology officer of Leidos’ Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group. He was also appointed technical fellow of SAIC and then Leidos. At both companies, he oversaw a broad and technically diverse portfolio of R&D programs which included multi-domain intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; autonomous systems; command and control system modernization; next-generation air traffic management systems; and life sciences.
Prior to SAIC, Zuniga had a distinguished 20-year career with AT&T (and then Lucent Technologies) Bell Laboratories. At Bell Labs, he conducted research in the adaptive control of radiative and scattering properties of media, participated in select JASON defense advisory group studies, and managed a major project under the DARPA SubTech program involving Bell Labs, Sandia Labs, and the Naval Research Lab. Later in his career, he and his Bell Labs team pioneered the application of active noise cancellation and advanced noise-cancelling microphones to cellular terminals, developed sub-band acoustic echo cancellation that was deployed in the General Motors OnStar system, and conducted the initial systems engineering design for the first commercial satellite radio system.
Earlier, Zuniga served as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer and was a member of professional staff in the science & technology division of the Institute for Defense Analyses.
He is a lifetime senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Electromagnetics Academy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from MIT, a Master of Science in physics from Drexel University, and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Penn State University.
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