Rainer Dressler


Rainer Dressler

Technical Fellow

Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1984

Diploma (Chemistry) University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1981

Dr. Dressler joined Spectral Sciences, Incorporated in February of 2008 as a Principal Scientist. Prior to joining SSI, he spent 20 years as a task scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. He was the group leader of the Space Chemistry task that investigated a broad range of chemical dynamics associated with space flight. During those years, he gained expertise in fundamental hyperthermal chemical reaction dynamics, molecular spectroscopy, ion chemistry and mass spectrometric sensing, the space environment, the phenomenology of spacecraft interactions and contamination, spacecraft optical signatures, and electric propulsion. Dr. Dressler was also the principal investigator of the Maui Analysis of Upper-Atmospheric Injections (MAUI) space experiment. His current interests at Spectral Sciences, Inc. relate to signature exploitation for improved monitoring of the ever increasing traffic in space, and the application of computational chemical tools to elucidate complex chemical dynamics. Dr. Dressler is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.