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Francis Cirillo

Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering and Science

Educational Background

Ph.D., Information Systems
Nova Southeastern University
1998

M.S., Engineering Management
Florida Institute of Technology
1994

B.S., Computer Engineering
University of Bridgeport
1983

Professional Experience

Dr. Cirillo is currently an Adjunct Professor with the CIS Department at FIT, in Melbourne, Florida. He has worked for several high technology companies throughout his career including Harris Corporation, SAIC, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. Dr. Cirillo has held several technical and management positions including Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Corporate Information Systems Director, and Vice President of Operations. He is currently in charge of several Internal Research and Development (IRAD) programs for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Cirillo has earned several honors and awards including the National Honor Society, the National Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, three Hawk Awards, and has earned six patents in Radar Data Compression. He belongs to several professional organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and he was an inaugural member of the FIT chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

Research Interests

Dr. Cirillo has been the Principal Investigator on several Research and Development projects including Radar Data Compression, Adaptive Data Compression, and Assisted Target Recognition, Information Security, and Cloud Computing.  He is an internationally recognized expert on complex Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and he has earned six patents in radar data compression.

Current Research and Projects

Dr. Cirillo’s current projects include Cloud Computing and Information Security.  His previous research projects included development of algorithms for use in optical co-processors onboard submarines, signal analysis to differentiate lightning from Electro-Magnetic Pulses (EMP), and algorithm development for Change Detection and Classification using complex SAR data.  Dr. Cirillo has also written a proposal for a Research and Development project to identify space borne objects and space debris in clutter.

Personal Information

Dr. Cirillo lives in Melbourne with his wife Jennifer and sons William and Jonathan.  He volunteers in his community as a Reserve Lieutenant with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, as Chairman of the Police Athletic League, and he is a Past Master of Harbor City Lodge.  Dr. Cirillo has previously volunteered as a Programming Mentor for the Eau Gallie High School Robotics Team, as a Committee Member with his sons’ Boy Scout Troop, and as a coach for youth football and youth baseball for the city of Melbourne.  His hobbies include scuba diving, science fiction, and computer gaming.