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Riverside Research History


Riverside Research was founded by Columbia University engineering professor, Mr. Lawrence H. O’Neill. What began as the Columbia University Electronics Research Laboratory supporting government contracts from the US Air Force in the early 1950s eventually led to the founding of Riverside Research in 1967.


One of Riverside Research’s first projects as an independent not-for-profit was the AMRAD Measurements Program where our engineers assisted with the collection and analysis of radar data taken on reentry vehicles being tested at the White Sands Missile Range.


Riverside Research opened its Washington Research Office in 1970.

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Starting in 1972, Riverside Research was deeply involved through all stages of formulation, acquisition, and test and evaluation for the COBRA JUDY radar—a phased array radar system that provided a national capability for collecting data on foreign missile tests.


Riverside Research's Boston Research Office opened in 1976.


A major breakthrough in 1983 extended Riverside Research's ultrasound capability even farther when we established the initial framework for quantitative ultrasound (QUS) in three-dimensional for tissue analysis. When combined with 3D surface and volume renderings, the tissue properties and geometry of the anatomic structures could be better appreciated.


Riverside Research supported the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) in several technological disciplines and by system analytic efforts. By 1985, our main role was to examine the compatibility between system requirements and the wide variety of technologies under the development by SDIO.


Riverside Research opened its Dayton Research Office in 1999.


In 1999, Riverside Research began its role as an advisory support contractor for the Air Force Big Safari Program, providing engineering, management, logistics, and acquisition support to the RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.


Riverside Research was instrumental in developing plans, strategies, and roadmaps to integrate imagery-derived MASINT airborne capabilities into the Distributed Common Ground System. Our scientists and engineers laid the foundation for operationalizing IC and DoD Overhead Non-Imaging Infrared (ONIR), now know as Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR), collection and processing architectures to support military operations.


Riverside Research provided significant technical and advisory support to the TacSat-3 program in 2009. We modified our government-off-the-shelf software, Automated Collection Planning Tool, to perform mission and daily collection planning for TacSat-3.


In 2015, Riverside Research unveiled its Open Innovation Center (OIC), a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its Dayton Research Center, which serves as a collaborative work environment to drive innovation and develop high-end technology solutions in the areas of machine learning, cyber, electromagnetics, optics, plasma, and radio frequency systems.

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Riverside Research is now a $95-million company with nearly 600 employees working to deliver high-end, trusted solutions around the country at customer sites and within cleared research facilities, including Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Dayton, Ohio.

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