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Abhijit Mahalanobis [Photo: Jeffrey Camp]
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» Abhijit Mahalanobis
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Signal Imaging and Processing Group, Corporate fellow, technical lead and manager
Education: Bachelor’s, electrical and computer engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara; master’s and doctorate, electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Family: Wife, Priti; daughter,
Full circle: Mahalanobis received his Scientist of the Year honor in Baltimore, the same city where he was sworn in years before as a U.S. citizen.
Other honors: 1999, Innovator of the Year by the state of Arizona; 2001, Lockheed Martin’s Author of the Year; 2005, Inventor of the Year
Civilian applications for his work: Security, medicine
Reading: Light humor fiction writers, such as P.G. Wodehouse
In the future: Algorithms based on biological models
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His 11-person group has brought $40 million to $50 million in contracts and grants to Lockheed Martin. It made the company the Army’s prime contractor for its future ground combat system’s aided target recognition system, a $38-million contract. “We are clearly the leader and pushing the edge forward.”