NRI Scientist named ‘2006 Scientist of the Year’
ORLANDO, September 7, 2006
NRI Abhijit Mahalanobis is a Principal Research Engineer
at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Assam-born Mahalanobis, who
works in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control division,
was roped in by Defence Department to solve the problem
of wrong targetting by computerised missile batteries.
He looked at the way things moved and developed algorithms
to analyse major joints of people and animals, which eventually
led to the development of patern recognition system.
Central Florida Lockheed Martin Employee Named Scientist
of the Year
ORLANDO, FL, September 6, 2006 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employee Abhijit Mahalanobis
was recently named ‘2006 Scientist of the Year’
by the Minorities in Research Science (MIRS) organization.
The award, which he will accept at the 2006 MIRS Award Conference
later this month, is the highest honor given at the conference.
Mahalanobis is a technical lead and manager for Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Signal Imaging and
Processing group in the Research & Technology organization,
and is recognized corporate-wide and nationally for the high
levels of accomplishment he has achieved in his technical
“Abhijit is the most brilliant innovator and research
team leader I have observed in my 25-year career in Research
and Development,” said Mike Dudzik, director of Research
and Technology at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
“Not only has he made extensive original technical contributions
to new theories in Correlation Pattern Recognition, he has
reduced his theories into practical algorithms which are at
the foundation of several key products. Furthermore, university
research groups worldwide are using his theories to address
image processing challenges in other fields.”
As a recognized and respected leader in pattern recognition,
signal and imaging processing with specific emphasis on automatic
target recognition (ATR), Mahalanobis’ role as technical
lead in various research and technology ATR development efforts
has been critical to sustaining Lockheed Martin as the industry
leader in advanced technologies. He has a sustained record
of technical achievement and leadership by pioneering new
approaches in the field of correlation pattern recognition.
Mahalanobis demonstrates outstanding leadership skills as
a research team leader, and directs a diverse team of highly
focused professionals that has consistently exceeded performance
Recently, his team’s breakthrough research led to Lockheed
Martin winning a key role in the Army's Future Combat System.
Mahalanobis earned his doctorate and master’s degrees
in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburg, PA. He earned his bachelor’s
degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University
of California at Santa Barbara.
Mahalanobis has also received several other awards, including
the prestigious NOVA award that recognizes individuals who
have made outstanding contributions to the Corporation’s
mission and business objectives. Less than one-half of one
percent of Lockheed Martin’s 135,000 employees receive
the NOVA award each year. Mahalanobis has also been named
a Lockheed Martin “Fellow,” an honor reserved
for the top one percent of technical talent across the corporation,
used to recognize and encourage the highest levels of accomplishment
by individual contributors in technical fields.
The 2006 MIRS Awards Conference will take place September
15-16 in Baltimore, MD. The winner of the Scientist of the
Year award is someone who advances critical knowledge, driving
development of new lines of products and services that reshape
industry's tools and offerings. The Scientist of the Year
works on the cutting edge of basic research or process control
and is a research team leader whose blend of scientific knowledge
and managerial expertise lifts an entire organization to new
levels of achievement.
- Lockheed Martin
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and internationally. Its business area is Aeronautics Electronic
Systems, Information & Technology Services, Integrated
Systems & Solutions, Space Systems. In 2005 Sales of
this company is $37.2 Billion and Backlog is $74.8 billion.
It has 939 facilities in 457 cities and 45 states throughout
the U.S.; Internationally, business locations in 56 nations