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Richard Ridgway

  • Director of ESL, Electroscience Lab
  • 1330 Kinnear Rd
    Columbus, OH 43212


Dr. Ridgway is the Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) within The Ohio State University's College of Engineering. ESL is one of the nation's premier electromagnetics centers of excellence focusing on computational electromagnetics, radar systems, mixed-signal microelectronics, remote sensing, millimeter-wave systems, integrated photonics and THz technologies. Dr. Ridgway has been involved in the development of RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and photonic components and systems for over 30 years and has amassed 27 U.S. Patents in the area. His has included the involvement in two commercial ventures and a 4-year stint as a Program Manager at DARPA. The commercial ventures focused on optical telecommunications technology and his time at DARPA focused the millimeter-wave portion of the RF spectrum. 


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, The Ohio State University 
M.S.E., Electrical Engineering, The University of Michigan
B.S.E., Electrical Engineering, The University of Michigan

Professional Experience:

The Ohio State University, Director - ElectroScience Laboratory, 2018 - Present
Battelle, Chief Scientist - Defense Technologies, 2007 - 2018
DARPA, Program Manager - Strategic Technology Office, 2011- 2015
Optimer Photonics, Inc., Chief Technology Officer, 2001 - 2007