Bio

Dr. Tyrone Roach received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas magna cum laude in 2001. He subsequently earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.  During his tenure at the University of Illinois, he instructed a core course in the undergraduate curriculum through a trusted arrangement by the department and was the recipient of numerous fellowships, assistantships, and awards.

Dr. Roach’s research and technical interests in applied electromagnetics aims to advance functionality of radar and communication systems that utilize multiple antennas with adaptive and multifunctional characteristics; transform array functionality into emerging and next-generation wireless communication technologies; and realize multifunctional antenna/antenna array technologies with novel physical materials and manufacturing techniques. In his leisure time, he enjoys an active and enriching lifestyle—which he promotes by maintaining his health and physical fitness, engaging in outdoor activities, watching professional sports, traveling abroad, and listening to various types of music and online podcasts/radio shows.

In October 2010, Dr. Roach joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) as a Research Engineer. While at GTRI he developed a career based in electromagnetic modeling and simulation of complex structures that include multiple antenna and advanced phased array architectures. He contributed to over 15 government sponsored research programs and one internal research and development (R&D) effort in several technical arenas The result of his efforts and achievements led to several key delivered products, numerous final reports and presentations to the customer, multiple interim presentations and reports, growth into project leadership and supervision roles (including task lead on two major projects and lead system analyst for another effort), and the opportunity to teach lectures in antenna array theory via video conference to senior level students via GT’s Distance Learning program.  His accomplishments led to recognition externally and internally via awards and praises from sponsors and senior researchers at GTRI, and eventual promotion to the rank of Senior Research Engineer within the organization.

In August of 2015, Dr. Roach joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as an Assistant Professor. As a faculty member at OU, he engaged himself in a myriad of activities revolved around the core components beholden to the career path of an assistant professor: teaching, research, service, and funding. Select activities and accomplishments during his brief tenure at OU include serving as co-principal investigator on a proposal effort awarded by the federal government; participating in various other collaborative research proposal and solicitation efforts with colleagues; first-time course prep and instruction of two core undergraduate courses–Electrical Circuits I and Electromagnetic Fields I); publication of a journal article in the IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation; advisement of a graduate student and serving on several graduate student committees; and earning positive reviews at the end of his first Annual Progress Toward Tenure Review meeting.

During both of Dr. Roach’s professional work experiences, he has represented his organization and profession by participating in wide variety of activities throughout his academic and professional career. These activities include membership in several professional societies and networks, conference attendance, paper reviewer for select journal and conference publications, speaking at a community outreach event, serving on committees, mentoring junior engineering, and participating at recruiting events. In January 2017, Dr. Roach resigned from his faculty position at OU, and since then has been on a voluntarily and purposeful break from the workforce. During this time period he has had the opportunity to invest more in himself, acquire a myriad of fulfilling life experiences (including those from extensive traveling), and ‘design think’ the next steps in his life going forward which will work best. These steps not only include his career goals but lifestyle aspirations as well.

Dr. Roach is actively seeking employment opportunities as a Senior Engineer in an applied R&D environment wherein he can apply acquired engineering work experience in research industry and academia to help create and advanced technologies/fields that offer significant benefits to societies and economies—those that have the ability to alter established ways of doing things. He desires to be part of, and thrive in, a work environment with purpose driven goals in mind. One where he can create value for himself, the organization, for others, and society as a whole—all in meaningful, fun, exciting, and creative way.

Dr. Roach envisions a career trajectory such that he can continue to hone in on his skills, grow and develop himself professionally, mentor and supervise junior engineers, work with team members in a collegial way, be engaged with various stages in product development (i.e., from concept, design, modeling and simulation, fabrication, testing and measurement to delivery), and ultimately lead and develop projects. He also has aspirations to pursue creative and novel internal R&D endeavors and develop business that contributes to the organization’s mission. Just as meaningful, Dr. Roach seeks his next career opportunity in/near a major metropolitan area with available access to his lifestyle interests—an environment with diverse attributes that can provide him desired fulfillment and happiness. If you are aware of a career opportunity that potentially fits Dr. Roach’s aspirations, please use the Contact section on this website to get in touch with him and start fostering a conversation.

Education

Professional Employment

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Assistant Professor: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 08/2015-01/2017

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Faculty Member: Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 08/2015-01/2017

Research Engineer: Sensors and Electromagetics Applications Laboratory (SEAL)/Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL), Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA, 10/2010-05/2015

Visiting Lecturer/Instructor: Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 01/2010-07/2010

Fellowships

Vodafone-Illinois Graduate Fellowship: College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2008-2009

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship: Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2005-2008

Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship: University of Illinois/The National GEM Consortium, Alexandria, VA, 2004-2005

Support for Under-Represented Graduate Education (SURGE) Fellowship: College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2002

Other Academic Appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant: ECE Dept., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 08/2009-12/2009 & 08/2003-12/2003

Technical Intern: Delphi Research Labs, Shelby Township, MI, Summer 2004

Graduate Research Assistant: Electromagnetics Laboratory, ECE Dept., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 01/2004-05/2004

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE): ECE Dept., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, Summer 2001

Research Experience Undergraduate (REU): ECE Dept., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, Summer 2000

Awards

Maximum Impedance: IEEE Student Chapter, ECE dept., OU, Apr 2016

Promotion to Senior Research Engineer: GTRI, May 2015

GTRI Innovative Research Award (Nominee): Project Team, GTRI, Apr 2013

Annual Supplier Excellence Award: Awarded by Northrop Grumman Information Systems, GTRI, Nov 2012

GTRI Star Performer Award: Georgia Tech Research Institute, Oct 2013, Jan 2013, and Jun 2012

Raj Mittra Outstanding Research Award: ECE dept., UIUC, 2010

Olesen Award Nominee for Excellence in Undergrad Instruction: ECE dept., UIUC, 2010

Service Activities

Member: ARRC Recruiting Committee, Advanced Radar Research Center, OU, 2016

Advisor: Ryan Brown, MS degree expected Fall 2017, ECE Dept., OU

Member: Graduate Student Committee Member, (5-PhD, 3-MS), ECE Dept., OU

Guest Speaker: Outreach Event – “A Walk For Education”, OU-NSBE student chapter, Feb 2016

Recruiter: Engineering Career Fair – Texas A&M University, Sep 2015; University of Illinois, Sep 2014

Participant: National Weather Festival, The National Weather Center/ARRC, Oct 2015

Reviewer: Multiple Journals and Conference Symposia: Int. J. of Numerical Modeling-Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields, 2016; IEEE International Symposium of Phased Array Systems & Technology, 2013; and 75th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Antenna and Propagation Track, 2012

Member: SEAL Promotion Committee, GTRI, 2013 and 2011

Member : Peer review groups for prospective candidates seeking employment with GTRI and as a mentor for new hires, 2011 – 2015

Program Volunteer: Multiple campus diversity and inclusion initiatives, UIUC, 2003-2008

Professional Membership

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
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IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
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IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
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National Society of Black Engineers
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Academic Research Leadership Network
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