Faculty Fellow
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Dr. Richard J. Hartnett
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Richard Harnett’s research interests include efficient filtering methods and improved receptor electronic navigation systems, specifically GPS and Loran-C. A career-long researcher in navigation systems, one of Dr. Hartnett’s designs, called the Coast Guard’s Remote Operating System, enabled U.S. and Canadian Loran transmitters to be controlled from a remote location, thereby allowing operations without personnel on site.

Dr. Hartnett is a retired Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving 32 years on active duty. His assignments included research at the Coast Guard’s Electronics Engineering Center in Wildwood, New Jersey, and appointment as a permanent member of the Academy’s Electrical Engineering faculty. At the Academy, he also previously served as Chair, Department of Engineering, and Chief of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Hartnett is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and conference papers, and was awarded the ‘Best Conference Paper Award’ at the 2010 IEEE Homeland Security Conference. Dr. Hartnett also is the recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Harnett received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.