Richard E. Preston, Ph.D.
Dr. Preston brings over 17 years of scientific experience to SSI. His expertise includes many aspects of applied electro-optic systems, including system modeling, hardware development, and field testing.
Dr. Preston has evolved an end-to-end modeling approach combining phenomenological (physics), sensor performance, and mission requirements to assess the utility of sensor designs for their intended missions. He has effectively used this modeling approach to design novel measurement and collection systems, and has also developed a variety of computer models for radiation propagation, mission planning, data exploitation, and sensor simulation.
Dr. Preston has developed numerous electro-optic sensors, with an emphasis on producing turnkey systems that produce high quality, calibrated data sets. A partial list of such systems includes radiometers, imaging spectrometers, imagers, transmissometers, and scintillometers. He has also developed a number of rugged, portable collection systems designed for field use by GIs, including an infrared missile tracker and several novel laser collection systems.
Dr. Preston is also an experienced field tester and has managed numerous measurement programs involving laser observables, missile signatures, and potential false alarm and clutter sources. He also authored the "Instrument Calibration" and "Measurement Uncertainty Estimation" chapters of the Tactical Missile Signatures Measurement Standards Handbook.
Dr. Preston received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland. In 1984, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards.