MSEC 18_Ron Polcawich_BIO

Ron Polcawich
Program Manager
DARPA Microsystems Technology Office

Ronald G. Polcawich is a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office and currently on detail to DARPA from the Micro & Nano Materials & Devices Branch of US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi, MD.  He received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1997), an M.S. degree in Materials from Penn State University (1999), and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University (2007).  While at DARPA, Dr. Polcawich is leading the Precise Robust Inertial Guidance for Munitions (PRIGM) program and SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP) program.  Additionally, he is planning to lead research projects in advanced materials processing, improving technology innovation and transition through access to production proven MEMS fabrication processes, and integration approaches required to push inertial and aiding sensor performance for enabling trusted, heterogeneous position, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems. 

Dr. Polcawich is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Ferroelectrics Committee and Technical Program Committee IV Applications of Ferroelectrics, served as an elected member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Administrative Committee (AdCom) for 2014-2016, and is currently chair of the UFFC Membership Committee (2016 – present).