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Dr. Edward J. Friedman


He has been a leader in each of his jobs in the challenging work of identifying and building relationships with potential customers and partners, creating technical solutions for customers, creating effective proposals for new work, providing leadership for younger colleagues entering the business development arena, providing effective intra-team communication on technical topics and garnering the support of management for funding these efforts.

Professional Experience

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp
February 2006 to Dec 2014
He led the business pursuits of a group focused on aerospace sensors including star trackers, star scanners, metrology systems, small imaging systems and a variety of other electro-optics technologies.

He led a number of Ball’s collaborations with the science community for NASA missions including SMEX and Discovery. This work involved developing affordable concepts for optical and infrared space instruments for imaging and spectroscopy. Responsibilities included assembling and leading the proposal team, creating cost, technical and management proposals with emphasis on managing risk, evaluating technology readiness level (TRL), managing expectations of the scientific partner, obtaining appropriate proposal resources from Ball management and a variety of other tasks.

He conducted additional work in the Defense area with emphasis on advanced technology infrared space instruments.

September 2000 to February 2006
Selected as a Boeing Technical Fellow, based on his expertise in the field of electro-optics. This is an exclusive honor accorded to fewer than the top 1% of Boeing scientists and engineers. In this capacity, he continued his career-long study of technologies that enable remote sensing of

Earth and space science. In prior positions he used this capability to remotely monitor ocean optics, climate indicators, tropospheric air pollution and air turbulence. He was engaged in pursuit of both large and small NASA space science opportunities. His areas of activity included extra-solar planet detection, Earth science technology, solutions for the future of large space optics for both science and defense, and the human role in the development of large space structures for solar system exploration.

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp
September 1993 to September 2000

Chief Technologist of the Civil Space business unit. His duties included working on the staff of a vice president, leading research and development activities, cultivating technology liaisons with government, small business and industrial laboratories and integrating technologies into proposals for complex optical science instruments and space missions. Applications of the technologies included separated spacecraft optics to support interferometric planet detection. He was heavily involved in sharing technology with the Defense unit, particularly in electro-optic applications of large deployed imaging systems

Manager of a laboratory dedicated to optical modeling technologies. Key areas of application included the design and analysis of advanced dilute aperture ground astronomical telescopes for infrared and optical wavelengths, geographical information systems, hyperspectral remote sensing, and support for instrument designs.

Martin Marietta
September 1984-September 1993

He was the Lead Electro-Optics Engineer for an SDI product area, including responsibility for projects involving high precision pointing and tracking, and space experiments using high power lasers. This included being Technical director for Martin Marietta contracts on acquisition, tracking and pointing technologies and Book manager for several successful proposals. He was a IR&D Principal Investigator for several tracking and pointing space experiment designs. He was Electro-optics lead for satellite laser communications program. He was the Lead technical analyst for endo-atmospheric electro-optic design. He developed electro-optics models for target tracking and developed pointing and tracking budgets for an SDI system.

October 1973 - September 1984

He studied application of optics of propagation of light in a turbid marine water environment. While a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he studied implications of energy strategies on anthropogenic climate change. He determined the application of remote sensing technology to a wide variety of environmental issues including climate, tropospheric and stratospheric air quality and marine science. He led determination of measurement requirements for large-scale environmental monitoring programs and developed technology requirements for marine pollution measurements.

January 1972 - October 1973

He researched applications of pulsed lasers to remote sensing in the ocean. He led a research study of measurement of the fluorescence properties of algae and oil dispersed in and on the ocean. He carried out airborne and surface measurements of performance of pulsed lasers for bathymetry in the coastal environment.

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