Michael Saville, PhD
Dr. Michael A. Saville is currently Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school and served as an air traffic control radar maintenance specialist and a test equipment calibration technician before attending Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. In 1997, He earned the B.S.E.E. degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude, Undergraduate University Honor's Fellow) and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant under the Airman Education Commissioning Program. He also earned the M.S.E.E. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. His military assignments included engineering and leadership positions in operational electronic warfare, acquisitions and ultimately Assistant Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio. There, he supervised and directed PhD-level faculty, oversaw yearly academic development of 200+ annual MS & PhD students, planned and implemented curricula for 93 graduate engineering courses, and oversaw seven research labs valued at $16M. Although he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, in 2011, Dr. Saville elected to retire with the rank of Major and 26 years of service. He joined the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio as Senior Research Electronics Engineer. There he led and conducted scientific investigation of radar-based sensors technologies in direct support of emerging radar systems and national intelligence agencies. He left government service after 27 years to accept his current appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His current research interests are in hybrid applications of signal processing, electromagnetics and computational methods for polarization-based feature extraction in synthetic aperture radar. Dr. Saville has over 30 technical publications, is a Senior Member of IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He is also a member of the national honor societies of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. He is the current Past President of the SHPE Ohio-Southwest Professional Chapter and has been a life member of SHPE since 2010. He is married to Deysi and is richly blessed with three children.