Alan J. Fenn is a senior staff member in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has conducted extensive research in the area of adaptive phased array antennas and electromagnetic systems for radar and communications. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1981, and from 1982 to 1991 was a member of the Space Radar Technology Group, where his primary research was in adaptive phased-array antenna design and testing. From 1992 to 1999, he was assistant group leader in the RF Technology Group, managing programs involving measurements of atmospheric effects on satellite communications. From 1978 to 1981, he was a senior engineer in the Antenna Systems Design/Analysis Group in the RF Systems Department at Martin Marietta Aerospace, Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Fenn was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2000 for his contributions to the theory and practice of adaptive phased-array antennas. He was Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2001 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Symposium. He has served as an associate editor in the area of adaptive antennas for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He served as Technical Program Chair for the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology.
In 1990, Fenn was a co-recipient of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society's H.A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award. He also received the IEEE/URSI-sponsored 1994 International Symposium on Antennas (JINA 94) award. He is an author of numerous articles and patents, and is the author of three books on antennas and electromagnetic systems. Recently, he developed an MIT OpenCourseWare online lecture series entitled "Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays." He has a BS degree from the University of Illinois–Chicago and MS and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University, all in electrical engineering.