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Seeing Photons: Progress and Limits of Visible and Infrared Sensor Arrays
Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Sensors Directorate consists of about 1,250 people responsible for developing new sensor technology for the Air Force. Dr McManamon was responsible for the technical portfolio of the Sensors Directorate, including radio-frequency (RF) sensors and countermeasures, electro-optical (EO) sensors and countermeasures, and automatic object recognition. He has developed multidiscriminate electro-optical sensors, including multifunction laser radar, novel EO countermeasure systems, and optical phased-array beam steering. Dr. McManamon has participated in three Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB) summer studies: New World Vistas (1995); A Roadmap for a 21st Century Aerospace Force (1998); and Sensors for Difficult Targets (2001). Dr. McManamon was instrumental in the development of laser flash imaging, initiating the ERASER program as a method to enhance EO target recognition range by a factor of 4 or 5. Dr. McManamon is widely recognized in the electro-optical community. Dr. McManamon was the 2006 president of SPIE. He was on the SPIE board of directors for seven years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007. Dr. McManamon serves on the executive committee for the Military Sensing Symposia (MSS). He is a fellow of SPIE, IEEE, OSA, AFRL, and MSS.
Stefan Baur is director of Technology and Advanced Programs at Raytheon Vision Systems. His responsibilities include establishing critical technology roadmaps, developing Raytheon’s focal plane array (FPA) intellectual property portfolio, and managing an approximately 30 development programs. Prior to this position, he spent 15 years at the Raytheon El Segundo developing advanced EO systems. Highlights of his career include leading the technical direction of the Raytheon Land Warrior program, program manager of Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS), program manager of the core staring imaging model for Raytheon Airborne EO systems, program manager of Navy Shipboard Long Range IRST (Infrared Search and Track System), and manager of FPA test and design center. Mr. Baur serves on several internal Raytheon and U.S. government-sponsored committees that help shape the direction of future EO systems. He is a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles.
Valerie Browning is an independent consultant and subject matter expert for ValTech Solutions, LLC. She serves as a subject matter expert for a number of Department of Defense (DOD) and other government activities in the areas of advanced materials and alternative energy. Prior to forming ValTech Solutions, LLC, in December 2007, Dr. Browning served as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During her tenure at DARPA, she assumed full responsibility for the strategic planning, operating management, leadership, and development of multiple DOD