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Douglas H. Nelson
Associate Professor
Department of Systems Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-7572
Email: dhnelson (at)
PhD - University of New Mexico, 1999
Optical Science
MS - Naval Postgraduate School (with Distinction), 1988
Physics (Weapons Science)
BS - United States Military Academy, 1980
Physics (concentration), Weapons Systems Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering Department
  • Multi-Discipline Engineering Manager/Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Systems Engineer, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Military Research Associate/Staff Research Assistant, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, Physics, USMA
  • Army Armor Officer (Retired)
  • Combat Systems (Sensors, Weapons, and Control Elements)
  • Directed Energy Systems
  • Laser Propagation
  • Laser Radar Systems
  • Multi-sensor Integration
  • Nonlethal Weapons
  • Systems Engineering
  • Directed Energy/Advanced weapons systems
  • Integrated sensor and weapons systems
  • Laser radar systems
  • Laser Propagation
  • Atmospheric turbulence measurements and modeling
  • Systems Simulation Design and Analysis
  • Systems engineering process optimization
  • Project management
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Pride @ Boeing (Relay Mirror IR&D, Proprietary Programs, ABL AM, GCV IFV, Other Activities)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Project Distinguished Performance
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Senior Member
  • Optical Society of America - Reviewer
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
  • Charter Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, USMA Post
  • Member of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society
  • Military Officers Association of America - Lifetime
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars - Lifetime
  • American Legion
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • James A. Davis and Douglas H. Nelson, "Earth-To-Orbit Energy Propagation System Study Using Relay Mirrors for Orbital Debris Removal," Space Situational Awareness AMOS Conference 2003.
  • M. G. Spencer, B. N. Agrawal, M. Romano, R. Cristi, J. E. Anspach, R. L. Brunson, J.D. Dillow, D. H. Nelson, S. R. Restaino,; J. T. Baker, "Acquisition, tracking, pointing, and line-of-sight control laboratory experiment for a space-based bifocal relay mirror," Proc. SPIE Vol. 4714, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XVI, 2002.
  • Douglas H. Nelson, Donald L. Walters, Edward P. MacKerrow, Mark J. Schmitt, Charles R. Quick, William M. Porch and Roger R. Petrin, "Wave optics simulation of atmospheric turbulence and reflective speckle effects in CO2 lidar," Applied Optics, Vol. 39, No. 12, April 20, 2000, 1857-1871
  • Keywords: Systems Engineering, Combat Systems, Laser Radar, Directed Energy, Ground Combat, Sensor Systems, Nonlethal Weapons, Systems Integration

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