Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

Jeff Hoffner

Engineering Profiles

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Hector Reyes
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Jeff Hoffner
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Al Coit
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Jean Huie Imholt
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BJ Simpson
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Engineering Profiles

Jeff Hoffner Space and Airborne Systems Principal Engineering Fellow

During 37 years with Raytheon and its legacy companies, Jeff Hoffner developed extensive experience in airborne radar sys­tem design, analysis, and engineering and program manage­ment. He currently works on the Space and Airborne Systems Engineering Technical Staff in El Segundo, Calif.

He is responsible for overseeing development of advanced air-to-ground radar technology with a focus on radar automatic target recognition (ATR) discrimination and electronic protection and fusion. From 2007 through 2009, he was co-lead of the Corporate Enterprise Campaign for ATR, which advanced fusion, feature-aided track, move-stop-move track, synthetic aperture radar ATR, and ground moving target ATR technologies. He is also program manager for a classified technology program, technical director for the Raytheon–Air Force Research Laboratory Radar Vision Target Identification program, and a Raytheon representative to the Military Sensing Symposia Tri-Service Radar Symposium steering committee.

After many years in a leadership role for the continued development of air-to-ground radar system capability, Hoffner became involved in research and development around ATR. In 1999 he became manager of the AGRI program, a radar-based stationary ground target ATR. “ATR became one of my key technical inter­ests,” he said. “It was natural to join with my Raytheon colleague Al Coit in proposing and then co-leading the Raytheon ATR Enterprise Campaign which has focused on making Raytheon’s radar ATR the best in the industry.”

He said he remains excited about his work because, “I am working with the best and the brightest from across Raytheon on technologies such as ATR and electronic protection — very challenging problems that are becoming increasingly more critical to our customer community.”