Jay Donnelly - Biography

Jay Donnelly BioDr. William "J." Donnelly III is the Assistant Head of the Space Systems and Technology Division, which applies advanced technology to challenges in the space control, environmental monitoring and persistent surveillance mission areas.  Dr. Donnelly is a principal in defining the strategic vision for Lincoln Laboratory's Space Control mission portfolio, which includes programs in threat system analysis, advanced concepts and technologies, sensor operations and tactics development, small satellite platforms, cogent decision support tools, and novel information integration. 

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Division Head, Dr. Donnelly led the Space Systems Analysis Group, which conducts definitive analyses of the national security space enterprise to inform senior leaders on the architectural landscape in a cost-constrained and increasingly contested environment. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1998 as a member of the technical staff in the Tactical Defense Systems Group, working with the Airborne Countermeasures Test System team. He then completed a five-year tour at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein, supporting the radar modernization program and space surveillance operations. From 2005 to 2007, he was embedded as a technical advisor with the operational space control community in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Upon his return to the Laboratory, he was promoted to Assistant and then Associate Leader of the Space Situational Awareness Group, focusing on the development of advanced space-based systems and the utilization of nontraditional sensors to develop next-generation space situational awareness capabilities.

He received his PhD and BS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he designed, built, and operated airborne radar systems to remotely measure hurricane surface winds. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), he completed more than 30 hurricane eye-wall reconnaissance flights.

 

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