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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Electro-optical Systems for Aerospace Sensing Applications

    Course Instructor:

    Timothy L. Howard is Chief Scientist of EOSESS, LLC, a professional consulting firm specializing in Electro-optical Systems Design and Engineering, and an adjunct faculty member in Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico. He is an internationally recognized expert in all aspects of airborne and space EO systems including applications for imaging, pointing and tracking, remote sensing, and astronomical missions. Mr. Howard is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics, holds two U.S. patents, and has published over 20 technical and conference papers as well as a number of non-technical and semi-technical articles.

    Dr. Jeff Puschell is Principal Engineering Fellow and Technical Director for Raytheon’s Space Systems business area in El Segundo, California. He is an internationally recognized expert in the system engineering of space-based imaging and remote sensing systems. He has >31 years of experience in developing advanced technology infrared and visible wavelength systems for a variety of operational and research applications. His experience includes major contributions toward development of visible-infrared instruments for space-based operational environmental imaging, development and field testing of laser-based communication and remote sensing systems. Dr. Puschell is co-author of Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD (SME-SMAD), the field's leading textbook.

    Clay Carson is a Senior Principal Engineering Fellow for Raytheon Network Centric Systems in McKinney, Texas. He has over 25 years of experience in technical leadership, program leadership, and problem solving. Clay is the technical director of Combat Systems which develops and produces Soldier systems, active protections systems, battlefield sensors, vehicle electronics, and fire control systems. Clay received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. He also received a MBA in Business Management from the University of Dallas. He currently serves on the National Military Sensing Symposium Executive Committee, the Sensor Systems Technical committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Passive Sensors program committee for the Military Sensing Symposium (MSS).