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Paul McManamon

Dr. Paul F. McManamon

Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate
Air Force Research Lab

AFRL/SN Building 620
2241 Avionics Circle
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7304
United States

tel: 937 255 3627
fax: 937 656 4325
E-mail: paul.mcmanamon@wpafb.af.mil

Area of Expertise

Sensor technology


Dr. Paul F. McManamon is chief scientist for the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Sensors Directorate consists of about 1100 people responsible for developing new sensor technology for the Air Force. Dr. McManamon is responsible for the technical portfolio of the Sensors directorate. He has developed multidiscriminate electro-optical sensors, including multifunction laser radar technology, novel electro-optical countermeasure systems, and optical phased-array beam steering technology. Dr. McManamon has participated in three Air Force Scientific Advisory Board summer studies, New World Vistas in 1995, A Roadmap for a 21st Century Aerospace Force in 1998, and Sensors for Difficult Targets in 2001. Dr McManamon has initiated and technically led in many substantial DARPA technology development efforts. Dr. McManamon was instrumental in the development of laser flash imaging, initiating the ERASER program as a method to enhance our EO target recognition range by a factor of 4 or 5. Dr. McManamon's most recent position was a senior scientist for Infrared Sensors. Prior to that Dr. McManamon served more than two and a half years as acting chief scientist for Avionics. He was the technical lead for more than 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for the technical content of all electro-optical and microwave sensors development, electron device development, automatic target recognition, and for avionics systems, concepts and simulation. McManamon is widely recognized in the electro-optical community. Dr. McManamon is Vice President of SPIE. He is also on the board of directors and the SPIE Executive Committee. He was President of SPIE in 2006. Dr. McManamon serves on the executive committee for the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS. Dr McManamon received the WRG Baker award from the IEEE in 1998. The WRG Baker award is awarded for the best paper in ANY refereed IEEE journal or publication. Dr. McManamon serves on the TTCP SEN panel, and has previously served on the NATO panel 4. Dr. McManamon is a Fellow of SPIE, The International Optical Engineering Society. He is also a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL, and a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS. He is a senior member of IEEE. Dr McManamon was recently chairman of the Great Lakes Photonics Symposium

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