Senior Technical Expert
Rick Bartell joined Riverside Research in January 2003. He is currently a spectral subject matter expert for several spectral reconnaissance programs at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. He has an extensive background in spectral remote sensing phenomenology, atmospheric propagation, laser physics, and night vision technology.
Mr. Bartell initially served as an F-111 Instructor Weapon Systems Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1980 – 1986. At the USAF Foreign Technology Division, he served as the principal Air Force investigator of foreign optical information processing research, 1988 – 1990. From 1990-1993, he conducted applied research on improved evaluation of night vision devices and optical scattering effects while at the Armstrong Laboratory.
In the civilian sector, Mr. Bartell developed new lines of high precision laser non-contact industrial gauging equipment at LaserMike Inc. From 1996-2003, he conducted in-depth analyses of Visible Near Infrared /Short Wave Infrared and Long Wave Infrared spectral data to determine operational sensor performance requirements for a range of missions with the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan and its successor organizations. Most recently with Riverside Research, Mr. Bartell was Director of Modeling & Simulation for the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Center for Directed Energy and lead for development of a unique laser engagement model for the DOD community. He has extensive sensor modeling experience.
Mr. Bartell is a 1979 distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, from which he received a BS degree in Physics (Engineering Physics with a concentration in Astronautics). In 1987, he earned an MS degree in Physics (Optical Sciences) from the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona where his research dealt with the in-flight radiometric calibration of satellites. Mr. Bartell is also a retired Colonel, US Air Force Reserve.
In his current position, Mr. Bartell provides key technical leadership to several new hyperspectral sensor programs-providing unbiased recommendations to the government on a variety of topics. The technical areas addressed include: development of a detailed plan for in-flight calibration activities, extensive direct support to all calibration and initial operational flights, development of operational signature sets through very detailed analysis of sensor performance over these calibration flights culminating in an accurate assessment of probability of detection versus false alarm rate, and extensive external collaboration. These activities contributed significantly to the successful operational deployment of the Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System. Mr. Bartell was also recently involved with modeling expected wavelength-dependent laser system performance on a worldwide, seasonal, and diurnal basis.
Mr. Bartell’s interests include topics which span both defense and commercial applications to include emerging sensor modalities such as long wave infrared spectral remote sensing, active spectral remote sensing, and spectropolarimetry. He is specifically interested in improved atmospheric correction to facilitate improved operation under less than optimal weather conditions and over long slant paths. Mr. Bartell would also like to pursue civilian applications for spectral analysis such as environmental monitoring, recycling, medical diagnostics, and food inspection. Additional topics of interest include high fidelity modeling of atmospheric effects across the visible to longwave infrared spectral regimes and the impact of these effects on laser propagation and electro-optical systems in general. A personal goal is to contribute to a space exploration project.