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Alumni Spotlight: Rigling named new dean at Wright State

An alumnus of The Ohio State University ECE program, Brian Rigling was named dean of the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Rigling is an internationally respected authority in sensor signal and image processing, specifically synthetic aperture radar and waveform optimization. In 2015, he received the IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award, and was named an IEEE Fellow in 2018.

Rigling previously served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2014 to 2018. Under his leadership, the department established a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he led a 100% increase of the department’s externally funded research awards to nearly $8 million in 2018.

He joined Wright State as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2004. He was named Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research in 2016.

The professor has also served as director of the National Science Foundation’s IUCRC Center for Surveillance Research led by Wright State and works annually in support of the Air Force Research Lab’s Center for ATR summer program.