Mel Belcher

Laboratory Director

Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory

Mel Belcher serves as Director of the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL) where he leads radar and electronic warfare research at GTRI. He is currently a Principal Research Engineer and has served as a GTRI Fellow since 2004. He is an internationally recognized technical authority on missile defense radar and has worked in that area continuously for over 37 years. He received his MSEE from GIT in 1980 and his BEE from Auburn University in 1979. 

He served as Technical Director of the Sensors Knowledge Center at the Missile Defense Agency 2010-2014 where he provided domain expertise to support the MDA portfolio of radars as well as assessing international systems. He worked as Chief Engineer, Radar Futures at Northrop Grumman 2005-2010 where he provided technical leadership for enterprise radar efforts as well as space surveillance sensor development. During his previous career at GTRI, he founded and led the SEAL Air and Missile Defense Division.

Mr. Belcher serves as a senior advisor to the US Government for development of next-generation air and missile defense radars emphasizing digital beamforming, high-resolution tracking, advanced resource management, and resilient signal processing. He has contributed to nine radar textbooks, and more than 20 conference publications. He teaches advanced radar topics in multiple short courses offered by Georgia Tech.