Dr. David K. Abe joined DARPA in January 2020 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His research interests include vacuum electronics technology, high power microwave and charged particle beam devices and applications, high power millimeter-wave/sub-millimeter-wave amplifiers for sensors and communications, magnetic materials, and radiation effects on microelectronics.
Prior to joining DARPA, Abe was the head of the Electromagnetics Technology Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). At NRL, he led a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the pursuit of basic and applied research in vacuum electronic (VE) and solid-state technologies. His group at NRL helped to pioneer new wide bandgap materials and devices, phase change materials and applications, advances in electromagnetic theory and 3D computational tools, and millimeter-wave VE amplifiers with record power and bandwidth performance.
Abe has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and conference papers on VE technology. To support research and technology in this area, he is active in the global VE community and serves on the IEEE Electron Devices Society Vacuum Electronics Technical Committee.
Abe received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2014, he and his team received an ASN RD&A Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award for their work on a novel millimeter-wave vacuum electronics amplifier. He was elected a fellow of the IEEE in 2015.
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