The Applied Physics Laboratory has appointed Jerry A. Krill as head of its 300-staff Power Projection Systems Department, which conducts research on strike warfare weapons systems. Department programs include missile and weapon control systems for ships and submarines, development of satellite communications control systems and serving as technical evaluator for several Navy and Air Force tactical aviation programs.
Krill joined the Fleet Systems Department in 1973 and worked as a specialist in radiowave communications and radar systems and as an expert in ballistic and cruise missile defense, battle force system engineering and network-centric warfare.
He was instrumental in the development and testing of the Cooperative Engagement Capability program that networks a Navy battle group's air defense information components to provide a single integrated picture, a program that is currently being evaluated for fleetwide installation on Navy ships.
Before assuming his new post, Krill oversaw air defense programs in the Air Defense Systems Department and has held various supervisory positions.
Krill also teaches systems engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering and was a lead in developing a systems engineering curriculum to serve the military community in the Crystal City, Va., area.
Krill holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Maryland, all in electrical engineering.