Ian started his scientific career as a theoretical physicist studying the propagation of electromagnetic waves in plasmas; he earned a PhD from La Trobe University Australia. Over the intervening 25 years he has been employed as a researcher in this field by the University of Massachusetts (US), the United States Air Force, Telecom Australia, La Trobe University, UK Ministry of Defence (now QinetiQ) and RLM Systems (a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Tenix). Since joining Lincoln Agritech in 2004, much of his work in electromagnetic propagation has revolved around the development of new sensor devices.
He has particular interests in:
- Time Domain Reflectometry moisture measurement and imaging
- Structural sensing using Optical Fibres and Time Domain Reflectometry
- Radar application to remote sensing
- Stochastic modelling for use in DSP applications
His research subjects are:
- Moisture measurement
- Novel sensors
- Information processing
- Optical fibre sensors
- Measurement and instrumentation
Academic and Professional History:
- Research Scientist, Lincoln Agritech (current)
- Physics Lecturer, La Trobe University Melbourne Australia (2004)
- Research Team Leader, RLM Systems (Tenix and Lockheed Martin), Planning and implementation of the Jindalee OTH Radar coordinate registration system (1994 – 2003).
- Contract Research Scientist, Ministry of Defence (now Qinetiq), United Kingdom, Design of HF radio communications frequency agile systems (1993 – 1994).
- Research Associate, University of Massachusetts USA, Atmospheric Research (1987 – 1992).