Dr. Steven R. Best, President and Chairman
Dr. Best is President and Chairman of MegaWave Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada in 1988. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was the characterization of antenna phase center movement and its effect on GPS position accuracy. 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 antenna 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 has included positions as a civilian 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; and Senior Design Engineer at Chu Associates, Inc. in El Cajon, CA, where he started his career in 1987. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University (Radar Engineering), UMass Lowell (Antenna Theory and Design) and 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 three antenna book chapters and a three-part audio/visual CD-ROM antenna short course. He also frequently presents half-day, one-day and three-day short courses at numerous companies and venues on Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communications; mm-Wave Antennas and Propagation for 5G; and Antenna Theory, Design and Practice. 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 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.
Marshall Cross, Vice-President
Mr. Cross is the Vice-President and 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.
Tammi Ouillette, Treasurer, MegaWave Corporation
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.
John Yorko, Senior RF and Antenna Engineer
Mr. Yorko received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1984, where he specialized in RF, Antennas, and Communications Systems. While at Rose-Hulman he was elected to Eta Kappa Nu, the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society.
Since joining MegaWave in early 2012, Mr. Yorko has provided design, analysis, and test expertise in antennas, electromagnetics, wireless power transfer, power harvesting, propagation, and RF circuits and systems for numerous commercial and defense-related research and development programs. His work has included design, analysis, modeling, simulation, and test of circularly polarized antennas for the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, MF on-ground electrically small antennas, HF ferrite loop antennas, VHF and UHF crossed dipole antennas, VHF and UHF buried antennas, UHF inverted-F antennas and PIFA’s (Planar Inverted-F Antennas), as well as low noise amplifiers (LNAs), Class D/E amplifiers, 90º and 180º hybrid splitters/combiners, RF filters, and matching networks. In addition, he has developed innovative methods for measurement of in situ antenna noise figure and other system RF performance measurements, and regularly performs field testing on MegaWave products. He also has acted as a customer interface for many of the programs to which he has been assigned. Between 1984 and 1988, Mr. Yorko worked as a Junior Engineer at Magnavox Government and Industrial Electronics Corporation, where he oversaw the design, procurement, test, and system integration of antennas for U.S. Navy Sonobuoys and RF/Microwave Offboard Countermeasures buoy products. In 1988, he joined ITT Aerospace/Communications, where he worked as an Antenna and RF Engineer, and was involved in antenna and RF circuit design, analysis, test, system integration, procurement, and production support for many U.S. defense and FAA Communication products, including the Rifleman, SINCGARS, and NTDR radios, the AS-3900 and AS-3916 vehicular antennas, and the Nexcom Air Traffic Control System. He developed the AS-4266 Extended Range SINCGARS Manpack Antenna, which was selected to go into production by the customer, and is still produced today. In addition, he led the prototype development of a 30-450MHz center fed vehicular antenna. He provided technical expertise and guidance for many different military communication program developments, bids/proposals, and demonstrations in the areas of antenna and RF design, testing, propagation/link analysis, and advanced antenna technology, while also serving as a customer/subcontractor interface in these areas.
Allison Parent, Antenna Development, RF and Prototype Engineer
Ms. Parent is an engineer with a wide range of experience in antennas and RF. At MegaWave, Ms. Parent has acted as an engineering development team member, fabricating and testing numerous prototype antennas, RF circuits and subsystems, as well as doing in-house mechanical fabrication of hardware. Performance testing of these antenna and RF systems has included gain, efficiency, antenna factor, axial ratio, noise figure, compression, intermodulation performance, and multi-port S-parameters. She has contributed to the development of electrically small antennas, HF ferrite loop antennas, crossed dipole antennas, buried antennas, inverted-F antennas and PIFA’s (Planar Inverted-F Antennas), fragmented antennas, quadrifilar helix antennas, patch antennas, electromagnetic band gap (EBG) antennas, as well as low noise amplifiers (LNAs), high efficiency Class D/E amplifiers, 90 and 180 degree hybrid splitters/combiners, RF filters, matching networks, Wireless Power Transfer systems, and various unique modules and innovative test processes and procedures to facilitate testing these items.
As a Licensed Radio amateur (KB1GMX) Extra Class, Ms. Parent has built and utilized antennas for uplinks and downlinks on LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites, AMSAT, as well as antennas for terrestrial use. She also builds and operates her own transceivers, downconverters, power amplifiers, and LNAs. She completed her initial education at Farmingdale College and continuing education outside of college to extend her skills in computers, networking and software development, quality systems, Electro mechanics, and Project management.