Michael W. Kelly

Michael W. Kelly

Dr. Michael W. Kelly is currently an associate leader in the Advanced Imager Technology Group. His many technical interests include the development of new electro-optical devices and systems, imaging sensors, cameras, spectrometers, and remote sensing techniques.

He joined Lincoln Laboratory more than 15 years ago as a member of the technical staff. He has extensive experience with ground-, air-, and space-based electro-optical and infrared remote sensing and imaging systems. Since the inception of the Digital-Pixel Focal Plane Array (DFPA) program 13 years ago, he has led the development of the DFPA technology. He has also led the development of the Wide-area Infrared System for Persistent Surveillance (WISP), a system that has been successfully deployed to help protect solders on forward operating bases.

His doctoral work in the 1990s focused on laser/tissue interactions and was preformed at Wellman Laboratory for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. His doctoral thesis investigated the mechanism for damage from submicrosecond pulsed-laser exposure in the eye. His work helped contribute to the understanding of how short-pulsed lasers cause retinal injury.

Dr. Kelly is a co-inventor of two patents and several patent applications related to technologies developed at Lincoln Laboratory. In 2010, he and his team received an R&D 100 Award, which recognizes the most significant and promising new technologies developed over the previous year. Both DFPA and WISP have been recognized with Lincoln Laboratory team excellence awards. He and his team received the Laboratory's 2013 Best Invention Award.

He received a BS degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, where he studied at the Electro-Optics Technology Center.





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