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Richard C. Adamo
Principal Engineer, Space and Marine Technology Laboratory
In Richard C. Adamo's long career at SRI, he has focused primarily on electrostatic charging of aircraft and spacecraft, and the effects of lightning, EMP, and other electromagnetic phenomena.
Since joining SRI in 1971, his research projects have included studies of nuclear EMP effects on communication facilities and aerospace vehicles; design of laboratory experiments, flight instrumentation, and applicable techniques for the understanding and mitigation of electrostatic effects on aircraft and space vehicles; flight test studies of Florida thunderstorms and lightning characteristics; development of lightning characterization instrumentation; investigation of particulate contamination on space vehicles, and development of an electrostatic aerosol dispenser for use in space.
Adamo served as a research specialist at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, where he provided program assistance for electromagnetic compatibility, nuclear effects, and spacecraft charging. He was also a member of the technical staff at Rockwell International, where he conducted studies and internal R&D planning in the area of system nuclear hardness and survivability. Earlier, he was a research assistant in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Adamo holds five patents, and is the author or co-author of numerous technical reports.
His A.S. degree in electronics technology is from RCA Institutes. His B.S. degree in electrical engineering is from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He also conducted graduate studies in electrical engineering at Stanford University.