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 Michael O'Connor

 Division Head



300 College Park

Dayton, Ohio 45469-0180



Providing excellence in sensors research with innovation and value

UDRI’s Sensor Systems Division (SSD), established in 2007, focuses UDRI resources on sensor-related research and development (R&D). SSD works with both industry and government groups to solve client challenges and develop innovative technologies. We employ full-time researchers, academic researchers, students, and others as needed to fulfill these objectives.


SSD conducts groundbreaking R&D in layered sensing, which fuses multiple disparate types of sensor data to provide sensing and data acquisition solutions for comprehensive situational awareness. Our experts also conduct research in remote sensing, in the phenomenologies of optical or electro-optical (EO) sensors, Radio Frequency (RF) sensing, and Laser Radar (LADAR). In these efforts, we investigate and develop applications important to government customers.


SSD also researches the intersection between humans and technology in various environments in order to improve usability, design, systems, and processes. Our researchers have a proven record of completing experimental Human Factors protocols successfully and accurately.


In addition, SSD conducts software systems R&D in order to create total solutions including hardware, software, and algorithms. Our diverse capabilities, proven development methodologies, cost-effective structures, talented and proven resources, and client-focused strategies result in reliable software system solutions.

Our sensor systems testing and evaluation research involves assessing commercial EO / Infrared (EO/IR) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems against implementation requirements and performance requirements to support our clients’ testing objectives. Furthermore, we perform reverse engineering to research, plan, build, test, implement, and support electronic hardware systems.


SSD collaborates closely with UDRI's Manufacturing/Technology Solutions Accelerator (MTSA) Office (also known as FASTLANE), which finds solutions that help small and medium-sized manufacturing, engineering, and technology companies compete and grow. As the west central Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) affiliate, FASTLANE leverages resources and removes barriers to deliver results—from new product development to material testing and software programming.


Visit Our Research Groups 

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Human Factors
Software Systems
Sensor Test and Evaluation
Electronic Systems Design


Through our Work to School (WTS) program, we provide great value to our clients by hiring advanced, high-performing high school and college students into full-time employment as they continue their education. This allows us to mold students into strong engineering professionals while they work toward a degree.


WTS employees receive continuous status checks, regular work reviews, and daily client interaction to ensure transparency and accountability. Thus, our WTS employees get real-world experience and produce quality results by following our established processes.


By using WTS, we deliver services at lower cost than local contracting agencies, with the added benefit of visible, measurable progress and results. Furthermore, we are not-for-profit and an objective third party, so we are motivated to perform quality work accurately, on time, and within customer budgets.


Work to School vs. Offshoring. While our intent is not to compete directly with offshore resources, we know clients sometimes look overseas for potential savings. However, WTS is better than offshoring—not only because the program trains and strengthens future engineers, but for the following directly client-beneficial reasons:

  • Avoids the high turnover associated with offshore resources
  • Builds stronger working relationships due to the ability to associate names with faces
  • Fosters easier collaboration due to the proximity of resources
  • Keeps dollars in the local economy instead of sending them overseas
  • Provides cost-competitiveness comparable to or in many cases superior to offshoring
  • Provides greater accountability and investment among project personnel
  • Provides the potential for extended or even 24×7 support if needed

Ask us how Work to School can help accomplish your project objectives successfully and efficiently.

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