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Alan Michaels

Alan J. Michaels is an affiliate research professor of mathematics and a research professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech. He serves as the director for electronic systems research at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. His research covers a variety of topics related to digital communications, satellite communications, radio frequency machine learning, digital chaos, and non-traditional hardware.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Michaels spent a decade at the Harris Corporation, where he was the PI for 47 R&D projects, the technical lead for multiple $30M-$50M DoD programs, and the functional manager of more than 100 engineers. He has received 40 U.S. patents, written over 30 conference/journal publications, and holds active clearances.

Michaels earned multiple degrees from Georgia Tech: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering; B.S. and M.S. in applied mathematics; and M.S. in operations research. He earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon.