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Jennifer Ricklin

Dr. Jennifer C. Ricklin, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Advanced Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
3701 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington VA 22203
United States

tel: 703 526 4751
fax: 703 741 0093
E-mail: jennifer.ricklin@gmail.com

Area of Expertise

Laser technology, active and passive imaging, atmospheric propagation


Jennifer C. Ricklin received her PhD in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, MS in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, and BS in physics from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Ricklin began her career at the Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico in 1983 and transferred to the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland in 1996. Currently she is a Program Manager with the Advanced Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Her research over the years has encompassed the topics of laser beam propagation in atmospheric turbulence, imaging through atmospheric turbulence, optical turbulence modeling, laser beam diffraction, optical coherence properties in random media, and simulation and adaptive correction of atmospheric-induced distortions. Dr. Ricklin has chaired or co-chaired a number of international conferences, and has served as associate editor for Optical Engineering since 1998. She is a Fellow of SPIE and serves on the SPIE Board of Directors.

Lecture Title(s)

Success in the Research Environment: How Do You Get There From Here
This lecture discusses the various elements involved in building a successful research program with an emphasis on interacting with DoD funding agencies, common obstacles faced by all beginning researchers, and a discussion of the special challenges facing young women starting careers in the sciences.

Discussion of On-Going DARPA Research Projects in the Area of Tactical Optical Systems (specific topics TBD on request)

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