Dr. Daniel W. O’Hagan has been appointed Associate Professor in Radar at the University of Cape Town and will occupy the post from mid-2014.
Since 2009, Dr. O’Hagan has been employed as a Radar Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) in Wachtberg, Germany. He has been extensively engaged in passive radar (commensal radar) research. Additional research interests have included VHF radar, antenna array design and beamforming, LPI techniques, low-observable platform design considerations, and bistatic clutter.
Dr. O’Hagan is the Chairman of the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology group, “Advanced situation-specific modeling and vulnerability mitigation using passive radar technology SET-207”. He chairs a multinational team of distinguished scientists from throughout NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations.
From 2010 to 2013, Dr. O’Hagan has served as the German national representative to, and chairman of, the NATO “Advanced Modelling and Systems Applications for Passive Sensors group SET-164”. He has led research programmes concerning bistatic clutter analysis and studies to determine the suitability of passive radar for particular surveillance roles.
Dr. O’Hagan has been the project-leader on a nation-to-nation Technical Arrangement between Germany (FHR) and Australia (Defence Science and Technology Organisation – DSTO). In 2013, Dr. O’Hagan received a US Air Force Window-on-Science grant and was a visiting scientist at the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).
He has obtained a Ph.D. in radar from University College London.
Dr. O’Hagan will be taking over as Convenor of the Radar Masters Course at the University of Cape Town. In addition to maintaining and improving the courses, he will be pursuing a range of radar research initiatives. Dr. O’Hagan will be involved in the research programmes of the Masters and Ph.D. students of the UCT Radar and Remote Sensing group. His first teaching duty commences in July 2014 with the ‘Microwave Components and Antennas’ course in partnership with Prof. Barry Downing.