Robert Palmer

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Associate Vice President for Research,
Executive Director, Advanced Radar Research Center

Advanced Radar Research Center
The University of Oklahoma
3190 Monitor Ave., Rm.106
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: (405) 325-6319
Fax: (405) 325-7043


Prior to joining OU in 2004, as part of President Boren’s Strategic Research Initiative in weather radar, Dr. Palmer was a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he developed a research program in the application of advanced signal processing to the general area of atmospheric remote sensing. Before his tenure in Nebraska, Dr. Palmer was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow with the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University, Japan, where his major accomplishments included the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of the lower and middle atmosphere.

Dr. Palmer is a graduate of OU with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. After being away for 15 years, Dr. Palmer returned to OU joining the School of Meteorology, where he currently holds the rank of Professor and the Tommy C. Craighead Chair. While at OU, Dr. Palmer has been deeply committed to providing students a rigorous education in weather radar. In close collaboration with colleagues in the Norman weather radar community, Dr. Palmer led the development of a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in radar meteorology. He is also an Adjunct Professor in OU’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Soon after joining OU, Dr. Palmer established the Atmospheric Radar Research Center (ARRC), which is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the world’s strongest academic centers in radar meteorology. In recent years, his interests have been focused primarily on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array and signal processing techniques.

Dr. Palmer is actively engaged with his profession through conference and committee involvement with the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the IEEE. Internationally, he has been committed to the development of a vibrant exchange program with Kyoto University in Japan, focused on studies of the atmosphere using modeling and advanced remote sensing methods. Dr. Palmer has been the recipient of several awards for both his research and teaching activities.

Dr. Palmer lives in Norman with his wife Masami and three daughters. His youngest daughters attend Norman Public Schools, while his oldest is currently pursuing a degree in linguistics at OU.