Robert E. Zarnich

Robert E Zarnich, Division Manager, MetronDivision Manager

Dr. Zarnich joined Metron in April of 2007 and is leading Metron efforts in Statistical Signal and Information Processing, Tracking, and Data Fusion. During this brief period he has contributed to Torpedo Detection and Classification for the Office on Naval Research and is leading Metron’s projects developing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) threat detection capabilities for PEO C4I. Prior to joining Metron Dr. Zarnich was the Director of Advanced Development and Chief Scientist for Undersea Warfare in for the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) since 2005. As the Director of the largest advanced development program in the Navy’s Undersea Warfare program, he led the Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) technical community in effective and affordable innovation and fielding of Navy ASW systems through Advanced Processing Builds (APBs) as well as the development of Submarine sensors. He led the advanced projects for PEO IWS in all areas of ASW including platform-borne sensors, off board distributed sensors, C4I systems focused on Undersea Warfare applications and was a leader for Navy wide ASW efforts.

In 2000 Dr. Zarnich became the Chief Scientist for Undersea Warfare. He led the Navy’s ASW technical as the principle for Submarine Combat Systems signal and information processing advanced development. He pioneered the development of software systems to support reuse across the ASW enterprise of submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and shore facilities enabling Navy cost avoidance estimated at over $1B and was a direct supporting advisor to senior Navy fleet, sponsor, and acquisition officials on Undersea technology and systems planning and execution. During this time Dr. Zarnich worked to establish key working relationships between the Office of Navy Research (ONR) and the Navy’s acoustic acquisition community to eliminate barriers slowing the development and transition of S&T products to fleet operations. During his tenure he successfully transitioned over twenty ONR products and variants to fleet operations.

In 1996 Dr. Zarnich began a series of efforts leading to the development and execution of APB and Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) Programs. During this period he led the application and transition of advanced signal processing methods to submarine acoustic systems; and addressed operational needs through the development and application of innovative signal processing concepts leading to break through increases in passive sonar system effectiveness across the Navy. Also during this period he led the development and transition of the initial Echo Tracker Classifier (ETC) to the Surface Ship ASW System ultimately providing significant operational improvements to Navy Surface Combatant Active Sonars.

In 1993 Dr. Zarnich joined the Advanced Systems and Technology Office in PEO USW and lead USW efforts in common software development and engineering studies and analysis. In 1985 Dr. Zarnich joined the NAVSEA engineering and acquisition community in the ASW areas of signal processing systems and software development environments, and platform based applications.

Dr. Zarnich received is doctorate in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2000, where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Department of Statistics. He also received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Mason in 1994. He is a 1985 graduate of Gannon University’s Electrical Engineering bachelors program.

Noteworthy awards and recognition of Dr. Zarnich’s performance during his government service include two Navy Superior Civilian Performance Awards in 2007 and 2002, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Performance Award in 2000.


  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Gannon University, 1985 
  • Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, George Mason University, 1994 
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Information Technology, George Mason University, 2000