Advising CNN

CNN host Bill Weir learns more about radar's capabilities during an interview with Gregory Charvat, who earned three electrical engineering degrees at MSU.March 24, 2014

CNN and other national media are utilizing the scientific talents of a three-time graduate of the MSU College of Engineering during the international search for missing Malaysia Flight 370.

Gregory L. Charvat (BS ’02, MS ’03 and PhD ’07 Electrical Engineering) has been serving as an expert on CNN to help viewers better understand the capabilities of radar as the search continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Boeing 777, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members onboard, was headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared March 8.

Charvat told CNN broadcaster Bill Weir last week that radar sees the ocean as a liquid metal. Wave movement on the ocean complicates the ability for searchers to find debris in the water, even when high resolution images are available.

See video of Charvat on CNN during recent interviews:

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March 17:

Charvat is an expert on radar and sensor systems, synthetic aperture radar, phased array radar, applied electromagnetics, through-wall imaging and other subjects. He is known for his through-wall radar imaging system and his project-based MIT short-course on radar, where each student builds their own radar system.

A senior member of IEEE, he served on both the 2010 and 2013 IEEE Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology steering committees. He is the author of “Small and Short-Range Radar Systems.” He spent four years as a staff member at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is co-founder of Butterfly Network Inc. and serves as advisor to the MIT Media Lab. He has written numerous journal and magazine articles.