Randy Yamada is a technical leader specializing in signal processing and control systems for artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and space systems. He leads cross-functional teams of technologists, engineers, and scientists that prototype and deploy systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); electronic warfare; communications; and robotics.
He directs the development of new concepts for sensor, robotic, space, and radio frequency electronic systems. In addition, Randy oversees Booz Allen’s engineering labs across the U.S. focused on robotics, cyber physical systems, and new concepts to prototype and develop novel radio frequency systems. Depending on the challenge and client need, his team includes mechanical engineers; roboticists; electrical engineers; positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) experts; and signal processing engineers.
Since joining Booz Allen in 2006, Randy has analyzed, designed, developed, and deployed new capabilities in unmanned systems; signals intelligence; geospatial intelligence; tagging, tracking, and locating (TTL); and satellite systems. He led the development and implementation of several innovative capabilities, including exploiting electromagnetic emissions to identify vehicles (U.S. Patent #9354265) and enhancing communications secrecy. He has worked across advanced research and development projects for the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and the intelligence community.
Randy is an adjunct assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering in Northern Virginia, where he advises graduate students on research in signal processing and autonomy. He is a longtime senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Randy holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke University.