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Dr. Jeff Ridder

Chief Scientist

Dr. Jeff Ridder is Chief Scientist, Autonomy Systems at SSCI. His primary responsibility is to provide the strategy and vision to shepherd autonomy technologies from R&D to products and programs of record. His particular focus is on autonomy and battle management for multi-domain command and control, air domain and electronic warfare collaborative autonomy.  He has over 30 years of leadership and technology development experience in government R&D labs, federally funded research and development centers, and large and small aerospace and defense companies. He has been a key performer on multiple major DoD studies resulting in major programs of record; led multiple S&T programs with DARPA, ONR and AFRL in battle management, collaborative autonomy, and electronic warfare; developed a distributed, multi-domain battle management reference architecture for a major prime contractor with application in multiple significant programs; and worked on the Space Shuttle rocket motors now adapted for Artemis. He holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.