Dr. Steven R. Best, President and CEO
Dr. Best is President and Chairman of MegaWave Corporation, located in Worcester, MA. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada in 1988.
Dr. Best has over 30 years of experience in antenna research, design, development and manufacture as well as in business management and development. He has worked in both the military/government and the commercial wireless communication industries.
Prior to joining MegaWave Corporation in 2017, he was employed with The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA as a Senior Principal Sensor Systems Engineer where he supported a number of government radar and communication system programs. His previous experience and positions have included:
- Electronics Engineer (GS-15) with the Air Force Research Lab, Sensors Directorate, Antenna Technology Branch at Hanscom AFB, MA
- President of Cushcraft Corporation in Manchester, NH
- Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Parisi Antenna Systems in Waltham, MA
- Vice President and General Manager of D&M/Chu Technology (formerly Chu Associates, Inc.) in Littleton, MA
- Senior Design Engineer at Chu Associates, Inc. in El Cajon, CA
- Adjunct Professor at UMass Lowell (Antenna Theory and Design)
- Adjunct Professor at Tufts University (Radar Engineering)
- Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University (Electromagnetics)
Dr. Best is an internationally recognized expert in the field of antenna design, having published over 150 journal, conference and industry papers and articles. He is the co-inventor on several patents. He has authored four antenna book chapters and a three-part audio/visual CD-ROM antenna short course. He also frequently presents short courses at numerous companies and venues on the following topics:
- Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communications
- 5G mm-Wave Antennas and Propagation
- Antenna Theory, Design and Practice
- Phased Array Radar
Dr. Best’s experience and expertise includes electrically small antennas; wideband antennas; multiband antennas; conformal antennas; low-profile antennas; platform integrated antennas; phased array development and cost reduction, RF circuit and antenna design for wireless implanted medical devices; and RF propagation analysis and communication system analysis. Dr. Best has worked on RF and antenna systems from VLF through mm-wave frequencies.
Dr. Best is a Fellow of the IEEE (2006); Past-President (2012) of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S); a Former AP-S Editor-in-Chief for Electronics Communications; a Former Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation; a Former member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s AdCom; a Former Distinguished Lecturer for the AP-S; a Former Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL); and a Past Chair of the Boston Section IEEE.
Tammi Ouillette, Vice-President and Treasurer
Ms. Ouillette received the B.S. degree in Business Management from American Intercontinental University in 2006. She has over 15 years’ experience in business, focusing on financial and contract administration functions. Working with all types of contracts, she has a solid track record with government/military and commercial industries. Her significant experience includes: Contract negotiations, contract administration, project management, forecasting, budgets and auditing. She has proven experience with DCMA, DCAA and Wide Area Work Flow. She excels at working within budget and overseeing all aspects of the financial obligations of contract management.
Marshall Cross, Senior Principal Engineer
Mr. Cross is a co-founder of MegaWave Corporation. He has been involved with the design and testing of radio antennas and systems since receiving his B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1964. After working as a Microwave Transmission Engineer for the Western Union Telegraph Company he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps between 1965 and 1968 improving performance of communications systems in Germany. Mr. Cross joined Sylvania’s Communication Systems Laboratory in 1968. As a Department Head at GTE Government Systems, he led numerous contracts dealing with the design and analysis of ELF through UHF radio systems, near earth, buried and electrically small antennas. Between 1981 and 1988 he was Vice President and Manager of SAIC’s Division 046 where he led the company’s research and development contracts dealing with advanced airborne HF/VHF systems, electrically small HF/VHF antennas and special meteor burst antennas for aircraft, trains, and automobiles. In 1988, he founded the Radio General Company where he designed, fabricated, and tested special antennas from ELF through UHF used for communications, electronic warfare and the heating of matter. Since co-founding MegaWave Corporation in 1994, he has led and contributed to many key contracts in the areas of antenna development, near-earth and through-the-earth propagation.
Mr. Cross is the inventor of An Omniazimuthal Antenna (USP 4,697,191), a Senior Member of the IEEE and its Antennas and Propagation, Communications, and Broadcast Technology Societies, a Member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society and a Member of The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts (25390) and holds FCC First Class Commercial and Extra Class Amateur Radio (W1HK) licenses. He presented invited tutorials and papers to the IEEE 1987 and 1990 MILCOMs and an invited paper on Low Profile Anti Skywave MF Transmitting Antennas at the 1996 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference. He has also presented Master Classes at the IDGA Military Antenna Conference on Low Profile/Conformal Antennas (2005) and Near-Earth Propagation and Surfacewave Antennas (2006), and a paper entitled “An Advanced VHF/UHF Short Range Ground Wave Propagation Model for Paths with Near-Earth Antennas” at the US Army’s Science Conference in November 2006. He was also an invited speaker at CAPCON III, August 2008 on the subject of special antennas and near-earth propagation.