Martin F. Karchnak
Degrees:B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1961
M.S. Engineering, George Washington University
Martin F Karchnak, BSEE, 1961, received a Master of Science in Engineering (Master Thesis: "Use of the Entropy Function in the Estimation of Reliability") from the George Washington University and subsequently pursued efforts towards a S.Sc. Concomitantly, after brief systems engineering and systems analysis assignments with the Vitro Corporation and Howard Research Corporation (now part of Control Data Corporation), he was a Principal in the establishment of Challenger Research, Inc., and is the Corporate President and Board Chairman. His technical support efforts have been focused upon U.S. Navy Research and Development and U.S. Department of Transportation Commercial Ocean Transportation Systems, including analytical and design efforts related to mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronics systems development and standardization. He remains active as a systems engineer in a variety of projects, including IR&D and selected technological investments.
Special qualifications include Underwater Warfare Technologies, with particular emphasis on signatures and observables; simulation; operations analysis and acoustic systems design/development; and the application of acoustic/vibration measurement to a variety of military, government and commercial systems. He is a member of IEEE, NSPE, ASNE, ADPA, and Eta Kappa Nu. He is married to the former Nancy Mayho and is the father of three children, Christopher Robert, Roger Allan, and Holly Ann.