Principal Investigator

Qamar A Shams
NASA Langley Research Center
Co-investigators / Team Members:
Allan J. Zuckerwar, Analytical Services & Materials

Education and Experience
Qamar A. Shams leads a diverse team of researchers, engineers, technicians, and contractors in a number of extremely complex projects specifically design and development of infrasonic detection systems, MEMS sensors and transducers, electronic instrumentation systems, electro-optic sensors, and development of data hardware systems. He received his Ph. D. in electrical engineering in 1987 (with emphasis in microelectronics fabrication) from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and M.Sc. in Physics in 1984 from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Shams has over 20 year experience in development of instrumentation systems that include acoustical measurement systems including a portable infrasonic detection system. Since 2009 under MIPRs (Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests) with several organizations, his team has developed more than 45 infrasonic detection systems that have been delivered to the Department of Defense, Patrick Air Force, Sandia National Lab, and the Army Research Lab.

Qamar Shams has published and presented more than seventy papers at National and International conferences, twenty of them related to infrasonic measurements including several as “invited papers”. Some of the invited papers were presented at Infrasound Technical Workshop, Tunisia (organized by Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, UN); Acoustical Society of America Conferences; T&E (Test & Evaluation) in the Acoustical Arena Workshop Koloa, Kauai, HI; National Conference on Intermodal Transportation: Problems, Practices, & Policies; Pacific Disaster Center; NOAA, USGS, Pacific Command, US Army Pacific, US Navy Pacific, US Air Force Pacific, Hawaii Volcano Observatory, Hawaii State Civil Defense, Hawaii State Emergency Management, University of Hawaii, National Weather Service, and at Seismic Warning Systems Inc.

Over a period of last ten years he has received more than 40 awards that include R&D100 Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium Award, Engineering Directorate’s Innovation Award, Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, Whitcomb & Holloway Award, and numerous superior accomplishment awards. Shams has ten patents mostly in instrumentation development.

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