Professor Samuel Drake


College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (4.05)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sam Drake's research focuses on Electromagnetic Systems Spectrum Security, a critical area concerning the integrity of information transmitted via electromagnetic waves to ensure it reaches the intended recipients uncorrupted. This field also encompasses the detection, identification, and localisation of electromagnetic transmitters.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours from the University of Melbourne, where his honours thesis explored chaos in the special relativistic dynamics, Sam began his PhD journey at the same institution. However, he soon transferred to the Mathematical Physics Group at the University of Adelaide, dedicating his PhD thesis to the study of axisymmetric space-times in general relativity. Upon completing his PhD, Sam ventured to Italy for a post-doctoral position at the University of Padua, focusing on the formation of non-Keplerian disks around rotating dense stars.

Transitioning from academia, Sam assumed a role as a research scientist within the Australian public service, where he has represented Australia as a subject matter expert in electromagnetic systems spectrum security in government-to-government collaborations with Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. His collaborations with Raytheon and Boeing have been instrumental in developing advanced electromagnetic security systems for Australian fighter jets.

In addition to his distinguished career, Sam is a co-director of the Centre for Defence Electromagnetic Research and Training (CDERT). In partnership with the Australian Defence Force, he has designed and is currently delivering an innovative new master's course in Electromagnetic Systems and Spectrum Operations. This course aims to equip students with advanced skills and knowledge in the strategic management and operational use of the electromagnetic spectrum in defence contexts. More information about the centre and the master's course can be found at [Centre for Defence Electromagnetic Research and Training]( and [Master of Electromagnetic Systems and Spectrum Operations]( respectively.

  • BSc.(Hons 1st Class), The University of Melbourne
  • Grad. Dip. Scientific Leadership, The University of Melbourne
  • PhD, The University of Adelaide
Honours, awards and grants
  • Australian representative at the operations reserach society of Japan, 2001
  • US patent S. P. Drake, B. Anderson, and C. Yu, "Method and System for Deinterleaving Signals," United States of America Patent US8,102,297, 24 January 2012.
  • Editorial advisory board American Journal of Physics only member outside continental US, 2012-2015.
  • Awarded a “Defence Science Fellowship” in 2011 to work at Durham University, UK
Key responsibilities

Sam Drake's primary role is to develop a centre of expertise in Electromagnetic systems and security. The centre will be recognised as a world class institute for research and training of Spectrum Security professionals. I will be working closely with the Australian government and Australian industries to develop leading edge electromagnetic systems and security.

Along with developing capabilities in spectrum security I will also be developing a training program for undergraduate and higher degree students.

Teaching interests

General Relativity

Special Relativity

Spectrum Security

Topic coordinator
ENGR9911 Military Radar Systems
Topic lecturer
ENGR9911 Military Radar Systems
Supervisory interests
Applied mathematics
Signal and image processing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Electronic Warfare (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Alastair Wiegelmann

DSTG scholarship - AUG 2021

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General Relativity
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  • Defence
  • Electromagnetics
  • Signal processing
  • Space
  • Electronic Warfare
  • GPS
  • General Relativity
  • Global Satellite Navigation Systems