Palmer, Robert

Palmer, Robert

Professor; Tommy C. Craighead Chair; Associate VP for Research

Office: 3PP 187
Phone: (405) 325-6319


  • B.S.,  Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1984
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1989
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1989

Research Interests:

  • Application of Array/Signal Processing Techniques to Weather Radar Problems
  • Development of Novel Phased Array Radars for Weather Observations
  • Studies of Meteorological Phenomena Using Doppler Radar
  • Pro ling Radar and Studies of the Optically Clear Atmosphere
  • Development of Innovative Radar Interferometric Techniques
  • Optimal Waveform Design for Severe Weather Observations

Online Research Profile:

Professor Robert D. Palmer was born in Fort Benning, GA on June 3, 1962.  He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1989.  From 1989 to 1991, he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University, Japan, where his major accomplishment was the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of atmospheric turbulent layers. After his stay in Japan, Dr. Palmer was with the Physics and Astronomy Department of Clemson University, South Carolina. From 1993 to 2004, he was a part of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska, where his interests broadened into areas including wireless communications, remote sensing, and pedagogy. Soon after moving to the University of Oklahoma (OU) as the Tommy C. Craighead Chair in the School of Meteorology in 2004, Dr. Palmer established the interdisciplinary Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC). He currently serves as the Executive Director of the ARRC and OU’s Associate Vice President for Research. While at OU, his research interests have focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 international invited talks, and over 300 conference presentations.  His research has an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array/signal processing techniques.

Prof. Palmer is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and-has been the recipient of several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments.


IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
METR 6980METR 6980: Research for Doctoral DissertationJune 14, 2021
METR 5673METR 5673: Weather Radar Theory/PracticeMW 10:30 - 11:45August 24, 2020
METR 5673METR 5673: Weather Radar Theory/PracticeMW 10:00 - 11:15August 19, 2019
METR 5673METR 5673: Weather Radar Theory/PracticeMW 10:00-11:15August 20, 2018
METR 5673.001Weather Radar Theory & PracticeM W 10:00-11:15August 21, 2017