About Skewray Research

A skewray is a ray that has non-zero angular momentum. Rather than remaining embedded in a plane, a skewray corkskews through the system along a spiral.

Brian M. Sutin founded Skewray Research LLC as a sole proprietor in 2003 to provide consulting in optical systems.


Brian M. Sutin, Ph.D.


Brian M. Sutin consults in system engineering, system architecture, optical systems, and control systems for the aerospace, astronomy, and consumer electronics industries.

After graduating from University of California San Diego in applied mathematics, Brian began his career as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, writing calibration software for an astronomical millimeter-wave interferometer. He then went back to school at University of California Santa Cruz to get a doctorate in Astrophysics. As post-doctoral work, Brian worked with Harland Epps at Lick Observatory on various astronomical spectrometers for the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. He then moved to the Carnegie Institution for Science, where he was in charge of the optics for the IMACS spectrometer for the Magellan Telescope in Chile.

After the IMACS project completed, Brian went to Hamilton Sundstrand (now UTC Aerospace Systems) as a Space Instrument Systems Engineer, to work on the system engineering and optical design of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) space satellite. Once OCO was delivered to NASA, Brian went on to perform system engineering for various space, land, and undersea mass spectrometer projects.

Brian now works for Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Formulation Systems Engineer.


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