Dr. Joe Ritter

He is involved in designing optically active materials for large aperture diffraction limited optics for telescopes and spacecraft, and novel adaptive optics. Among his latest projects are laser powered meta-material nano-actuators optical systems with the goal of launching giant ultra-lightweight space telescopes, and optical systems for Earth-based analysis of exoplanet atmospheres.

Previously he was the Director of Optical Systems Research and Development for the  SAIC Reconnaissance Surveillance Operations where he worked on novel active optics for space telescopes as well as imaging. He was an Associate Research Scientist in space systems engineering at the Florida Space Institute, and IPA and the Optical Systems Team Lead of NASA Advanced Optical Systems Development (at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) where he had several research programs including novel technology development for the James Webb Space Telescope. As a doctoral student his research focused on developing novel optical instrumentation and computational techniques for measuring optical scattering, he also designed and deployed a unique imaging radiometer, performed the first solar aureole measurements ever made at sea, and co-engineered the GRaDEx genotoxicology and biological radiation dosimetry payload, (space mission STS-91).
He has held faculty appointments in several areas from Astronomy, Space systems  Engineering to Professor of Animal Science. His interests and skill sets are interdisciplinary: Earlier research covered fields such as, teratology, genetics, space plasma physics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, as well as several other fields. From 1999-2011 he was awarded 23 grants (15 as PI, 8 as Co-I) where he teamed with colleagues from government, industry, and academia. He is author/co-author of over 35 publications, with over 30 invited lectures. He is founding director of the Global Starship Alliance, and CEO of Neoteric Physics, a new business engaged in space research and environmental concerns.