Mathew J. Rippa
Sr. Controls Software Engineer at Gemini Observatory
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Profile Summary

23 years of experience in telescope operations support, software system design, with emphasis on distributed and embedded controls with hard real-time requirements. My hands on experience include large and small industrial machines, telescope mount control, opto-electronic systems, data acquisition, and digital systems.

Lead Engineer for Commissioning of Key Observatory Projects:
* F/16 Fast-steering Secondary mirror redesign and upgrade [2024]
* Real-time control system upgrade for Gemini North and South [2017]
* GMOS North and South Hamamatsu detector upgrade [2014, 2016]
* Telescope Vibration Tracking and suppression software [2015]

* Lead Engineer and team management
* Project Management, Systems Engineering, Requirements Specification
* Data acquisition and precision motion control systems
* Astronomical Instrumentation including Array Controllers
* C/C++, Python, Matlab, EPICS, Labview, Java
* PMAC, GALIL, Digital Signal Processing, Filters
* Advanced Motion Control; Field Oriented Control (FOC)
* GUI design in Qt, Python, Java, GTK+
Publications (11)

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018 Paper
Julia Scharwächter, Kristin Chiboucas, German Gimeno, Luc Boucher, John White, Eduardo Tapia, Michael Lundquist, Mathew Rippa, Manuel Lazo, Jennifer Miller, Kathleen Labrie, Prabhani Rajakaruna, Jennifer Dunn, Kevin Hanna, Tim Hardy, Scot Kleinman, Javier Lührs, Michael Pohlen, Andrew Stephens
Proceedings Volume 10702, 107022T (2018)
KEYWORDS: Charge-coupled devices, Amplifiers, Detector arrays, Gemini Observatory, Sensors, Telescopes, Astronomical imaging, Spectrographs, Stars

Proceedings Article | 9 August 2016 Paper
German Gimeno, Katherine Roth, Kristin Chiboucas, Pascale Hibon, Luc Boucher, John White, Matthew Rippa, Kathleen Labrie, James Turner, Kevin Hanna, Manuel Lazo, Gabriel Pérez, Rolando Rogers, Roberto Rojas, Vinicius Placco, Richard Murowinski
Proceedings Volume 9908, 99082S (2016)
KEYWORDS: Charge-coupled devices, Quantum efficiency, Amplifiers, Detector arrays, Gemini Observatory, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Video, Telescopes, Staring arrays

Proceedings Article | 8 August 2016 Paper
Mathew Rippa, Henri Bonnet, Thomas Hayward, Chadwick Trujillo, Chas Cavedoni, Tom Cumming, Chris Yamasaki, Neal Masuda, Cy Bagano, Steve Hardash
Proceedings Volume 9913, 99132M (2016)
KEYWORDS: Gemini Observatory, Wavefronts, Telescopes, Glasses, Optical testing, Sensors, Reflectivity, Wavefront sensors, Control systems, Electronic filtering

Proceedings Article | 27 July 2016 Paper
Proceedings Volume 9906, 99065N (2016)
KEYWORDS: Cryocoolers, Mirrors, Telescopes, Gemini Observatory, Adaptive optics, Cryocoolers, Gemini Planet Imager, Mirrors, Fluctuations and noise, Chromium, Ions, Sensors

Proceedings Article | 15 July 2016 Paper
Michiel van der Hoeven, Rolando Rogers, Mathew Rippa, Gabriel Perez, Vanessa Montes, Cristian Moreno
Proceedings Volume 9910, 99100R (2016)
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Sensors, Near infrared, Spectrographs, Calibration, Collimators, Surface plasmons, Fermium, Frequency modulation, Integrated optics

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