Keynote Luncheon

Saturday, March 14
12 noon - 1:30 pm

John Peeples
John Peeples
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Citadel
President, ECEDHA                                                                                                               

  William Chappell
Microsystems Technology Office

Dr. Chappell joined DARPA as a program manager in July 2011 and became Deputy Director of MTO in March 2014.  Shortly afterward he became the Director, on June 23, 2014.  His interests include advanced packaging, adaptable RF systems, and antenna arrays. 

Prior to DARPA, he served as a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of Purdue University. At Purdue, he led the IDEAS (Integrated Design of Electromagnetically-Applied Systems) Laboratory.  Dr. Chappell’s research focus has been on high frequency components, specifically the unique integration of RF and Microwave components based on electromagnetic analysis. This has ranged from advanced RF sensors such as miniature RF Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry to advanced digital-at-every element antenna arrays. Dr. Chappell has done extensive research on the development of adaptable RF systems, particularly focusing on tunable preselect filters. He has shown the ability to design a single RF system that is adaptable to numerous application areas and/or adjustable to dynamic changes within the spectral environment.

Dr. Chappell is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards. He has been the advisor of numerous IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium best paper finalists, and coauthor of two best papers at the GOMACTech conference. Additionally, a paper on wearable MIMO systems was selected for the best journal paper at the IEEE VT Society in 2009.  In 2011, he received the Army Research Laboratory Director’s Coin his for work on Standoff Inverse Analysis and Manipulation of Electronic Systems Muri analyzing the effects of nonlinearities in high power systems. He was selected as a Collaborative Investigator by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for work on RF implantable systems, and to join the Frontiers of Engineering meetings sponsored by the National Academies of Engineering.

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

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