Doctor of Philosophy, Physics1978, American University
Master of Science, Physics1970, American University
Bachelor of Science, Physics1966, University of Richmond
Dr. Edward M. Gaddy's current research interests focus on extremely light weight solar arrays for use at the outer planets. In this capacity, he led the design team for the Transformational Solar Array that achieved a specific power density that is over five times better than state-of-the-art arrays at Jupiter environs. Recently, Dr. Gaddy also designed the photovoltaics that power the Parker Solar Probe. The challenge with the Parker array is that it operates at higher irradiances than any other spacecraft solar array. This is because the Parker Solar Probe gets closer to the sun than any other spacecraft. Other challenges with the Parker array included accounting for array output with only the limb of the sun visible.
Dr. Gaddy has worked for over 50 years as an array engineer, and in that time made significant contributions to over one hundred spacecraft solar arrays. He has three patents related to spacecraft solar arrays. He initiated and co-chaired the committee that rewrote AIAA Standards for Qualification and Quality Requirements for Solar Cells and for Solar Panels.
Notable Awards and Leadership
|2010||The Irving Weinburg Award for Significant Contributions to the field of Space Photovoltaics|
|2010||Power System Engineer of the Year Award for Contributions to the Field of Spacecraft Power Systems|
|2008||Tom Budney Engineering Integrity Award|
|2005||Creative Development of Technically Significant Software|