Daniel J. Ripin

Dr. Daniel J. Ripin is an assistant head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Prior to his promotion to this position, Ripin served as the leader of the Advanced Imager Technology Group, directing R&D in charge-coupled-device imagers, photon counting arrays, and digital focal plane arrays. From 2012 to 2017, he led the Laser Technology and Applications Group; in that role, he led R&D of advanced laser technology, beam combining, high-energy-laser systems, and optical sensors.

In earlier work, Ripin managed a Lincoln Laboratory effort to demonstrate power scaling of a novel cryogenically cooled laser capable of efficiently generating light with ideal beam quality. After completion of the laboratory demonstration, he led a multidisciplinary team to package and qualify a laser for fielding onto an airborne platform.

Ripin has authored or coauthored numerous papers and conference presentations in the field of laser technology. He served as the chair of the solid-state laser subcommittee for the 2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

Ripin received a BS degree in physics from Emory University and a PhD degree in physics from MIT. As a graduate student, he conducted research in ultrafast lasers and photonic crystals.