Director, Marine and Space Sensors Laboratory

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K. Grant Palmer

Director, Sensing and Domain Awareness

K. Grant Palmer develops new business opportunities, manages government and commercial client relations, and provides direction to multidisciplinary engineering teams that research, develop, and implement solutions in the maritime and arctic domains.

Palmer has held key executive positions in several high-growth companies that provide advanced technology systems, services, and products. He has broad experience in business environments ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large corporations. Prior to joining SRI in 2014, Palmer held senior roles at Liquid Robotics, Inc., L-3 Global Communications Systems, Cubic Defense Applications/C4ISR Systems, The Spectrum Group, Ephemeris Consulting Group, TriPoint Global (now General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies), and AT&T/GE/Gilat Spacenet. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Harris Corporation and General Dynamics.

Palmer’s technology expertise includes communications and information systems; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and security systems; sensor fusion and processing; exploitation and dissemination (PED) software; networks; cyber security; training systems; satellite communications systems; airborne systems; ocean systems; RF devices; applications of advanced composites; and advanced technology hardware and software development.

He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering communications systems (summa cum laude) from Mississippi State University, and a M.S. degree in electrical engineering communications systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He also has a Black Belt-level certification in Six Sigma process definition and improvement, is a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional, has Agile Project Management and Lean Manufacturing certifications, and is a National Society of Professional Engineers-registered Professional Engineer.

Palmer is an honorably discharged U.S. military veteran, having served one four-year term as a nuclear missile maintenance team leader before entering college.

K. Grant Palmer