Clinton (Clint) L. Edwards is a member of the Senior Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) serving as a technology lead in the area of Space War Fighting and Tactics for national security applications.
Previously, from 2017-2020, Clint at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab (USU/SDL) as the Branch Head for the Military Sensor Systems Branch within the Strategic & Military Space Division. At SDL he led a talented team of program managers in growing SDL’s portfolio and increasing SDL’s impact within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, leveraging SDL’s expertise in sensor systems. Programs and staff for this branch are located in Albuquerque, NM, Los Angeles, CA, Huntsville, AL and Logan, UT. Clint was detailed to DOD’s new Space Development Agency for the last year of being employed by USU/SDL and then returned to JHU/APL. There he lead the Custody Layer (ISR/Targeting) and Optical Crosslink (OISL) Communications.
While working with JHU/APL prior to SDL, Clint functioned as a Remote Sensing Technical Manager at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Maryland, College Park. Clint has worked as a technical lead in the areas of electro-optical and infrared sensors and systems for the United States Government. His projects have included modeling stochastic processes relating to foliage penetration for optical communications, remote sensing, image processing, discrimination, and enhanced tracking algorithms for EO/IR systems and including technologies relating to various national technical systems. Clint’s Ph.D. research included first-principles modeling and validation of the pointing and jitter performance of two-axis (tip-tilt) MEMS mirrors and a generalized model for electrostatic two-axis (tip-tilt) structures. This included building custom hardware and extensive experimental testing to validate the MEMS model. He has authored papers in the Journal of Applied Optics, the SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS and the IEEE Journal of Microwave Theory and Techniques as well as other conference proceedings. Clint is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.
Clint has a passion for teaching and developing technical staff. He has developed and taught graduate courses with the JHU Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) including “Principles of Optics” (EN.615.471), “Digital Signal Processing” (EN.525.427), “ECE Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and Fields” (EN.525.201) and “ECE Fundamentals: Signals and Systems” (EN.525.202). From 2010 – 2017, Clint served as the Chair of Space Systems Engineering and the Vice Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs where he supervised over 80 adjunct faculty members, led the development of new online courses and managed capital budgets for JHU’s graduate laboratories.
- Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland
Senior Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
• C. L. Edwards, M. L. Edwards, “A Generalized Electrostatic Model (GEM) for a Arbitrarily Shaped Two-Axis Structures,” IEEE Journal of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (Publication Pending)
• C. L. Edwards, L. R. Gauthier, D. R. Prendergast, “Design and Analysis of Dual-Camera Dual-Band Infrared Imaging System,” SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, April 2009
• C. L. Edwards, M. L. Edwards, “A Generalized Electrostatic Micro-mirror (GEM) Model for a Two-Axis Convex Piecewise Linear Shaped MEMS Mirror,” SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, April 2009
• C. L. Edwards, J. R. Bruzzi, B. G. Boone, “Free-Space High Data Rate Communication Technologies For Near Terrestrial Space,” Proceedings of the SPIE, Free-Space Optical Laser Communications VIII, 2008
• C. L. Edwards, B. G. Boone, W. S. Levine, C. C. Davis, “First Principles Jitter Characterization of Two-Axis MEMS Mirrors,” SPIE Journal of Microlithography, MEMS and MOEMS, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008
• C. L. Edwards, B. G. Boone, W. S. Levine, C. C. Davis, “An Analytic Torque Model for Two-axis MEMS Mirrors,” SPIE Journal of Microlithography, MEMS and MOEMS, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2007
• C. L. Edwards, B. G. Boone, W. S. Levine, C. C. Davis, “Modeling of Electro-Statically Actuated Two-Axis Tip-Tilt MEMS Micro-Mirrors for Laser Beamsteering,” SPIE Defense and Security Conference, April 2007
• C. L. Edwards, L. R. Gauthier, L. M. Howser, M. P. Mattix, “Recognizing Objects Based Upon Statistical Tracks (ROBUST) Track Extraction Algorithm for a Bolometer Camera,” AIAA Weapons Systems Effectiveness Symposium, October 2007
• C. L. Edwards, C. C. Davis, “Free-Space Optical Communication Through a Forest Canopy,” Journal of Applied Optics, pp. 191-200, January 2006
• C. L. Edwards, M. L. Edwards, S. Cheng, R. K. Stilwell, C. C. Davis, “A Simplified Analytic CAD Model for Linearly Tapered Microstrip Lines Including Losses,” IEEE Transactions of the MTT, pp. 823-830, March 2003
• D. V. Hahn, C. L. Edwards, D. D. Duncan, “Link Availability Model for Optical Communications Through Clouds”, Proceedings of the SPIE, pp. 4821-4837, 2002
• Dissertation “On the Pointing and Jitter Characterization of MEMS Two-Axis (Tip-Tilt) Mirrors”
• Master’s Thesis “Free-Space Optical Communication Through a Forest Canopy”
Honors and Awards
- Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1991)