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Jeffrey A. Kruth
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Kruth, Jeffrey A., Space Science Antenna Engineer
Program/Dept: Earth and Space Science
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: B.S.
Contact Info:
Space Science Center 212H
Phone: 606.783.9599


Jeff Kruth is the Morehead State University Radio Frequency (RF) and Electrical Engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and completed coursework for master's degree in electrophysics at George Washington University. Kruth has more than 30 years experience in defense electronics research. He has held top secret clearance and has worked on a wide array of projects in microwave and RF electronics, radar systems, radio astronomy instrumentation, satellite Earth station systems and a variety of other technologies. He is the owner of a sole proprietorship firm called Kruth-Microwave Electronics Company (K-MEC), founded in 1986, whose main business areas are RF and microwave consulting and applied research and development programs for various Department of Defense components, contractors and commercial firms.

At the Space Science Center, Kruth designs, builds and tests all RF, IF and back-end systems associated with the 21-Meter Space Tracking Antenna. These include hydrogen line receivers (L-Band), S-Band systems and higher frequency regime systems including C-Band, X-Band and Ku-Band systems. He also leads design efforts for microsatellite systems (primarily telecommunications systems) designed, built and operated by the center. These include: KySat-1, the Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite, RAMPARTS, TechSat-1, Eagle-1 and others.

K-MEC R and D initiatives have involved multiple SBIR programs, as well as participation in other firms SBIR awards. Two significant K-MEC awards were N87-84 "Non Contact Ranging" which was a MMW radar development contract, and A88-220 "Integrated HF-VHF Power Circuits", an amplifier development effort. K-MEC previously supported expendable ECM development efforts for the Naval Air Warfare Center. K-MEC has designed and built a 50-channel acousto-optic backend processor for an advanced sonar signal processor (Northrop-Grumman/Signal Corp.). Another design and development effort was the IR signal processor for the Battlefield Anti-Tank (BAT) Missile (Northrop-Grumman). Additional on-going efforts for LFI are in the area of navigation warfare, Next-Gen GPS and advanced radar sensor systems. Many other efforts for various agencies in the local MD-DC area have been conducted or are currently underway. Consulting efforts to industry include wireless system design and prototype development. A current effort is for the next generation Nano-Sat RF systems, to include the antennas, receivers and fully digitally controlled, variable modulation, frequency agile, MFSK transmitters, all on board the satellite for SpaceQuest.

Kruth also served as the manager of hardware development for Littlepage-Fincher, Inc., a defense contractor. He was responsible for various programs for the Navy, Air Force, and other Department of Defense components. 

Kruth holds US patents including U.S. Patent number 4,423,393. Granted for an octave band, high speed, digital phase shifter

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