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Thomas J. Goblick
Associate Leader (Waveform design and signal processing), Air Traffic Control Group

Thomas J. Goblick received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University in 1956 and the Ph.D. from MIT in 1963, where his doctoral research was in information theory. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1958 at the University of London's Imperial College of Science and Technology. He has worked at Lincoln Laboratory since completion of his graduate work, except for sabbaticals at Washington University in St. Louis in 1967 and at MIT in 1983. During his career he has worked on many aspects of information processing, including spread spectrum communication, satellite navigation, and speech and data compression. He was involved in the initial studies of satellite navigation that led to the now operational Global Positioning System. He also worked on the waveform design and signal processing for the FAA's Mode S air traffic surveillance and data link system. His sabbatical at MIT was spent with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Laboratory for Computer Science, where he worked on computer technology and artificial intelligence. His current interests are communication technology and intelligent systems. He is now semi-retired, working part time at Lincoln Laboratory on aeronautical communications.

Dr. Goblick has been elected to Tau Beta Pi, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Sigma Xi honorary societies.

The Story of Mode S: An Air Traffic Control Data Link Technology last modified: 12.06.2000