Bryan Dorland


PhD Candidate, Physics, University of Maryland, 2002-present
MS, Physics, University of Maryland, 2000
BA, Philosophy and Mathematics, w/ minors in Classics and the History of Science, St. John’s College, 1992

Employment History:

Head,  Astrometric Satellite Division, Astrometry Department, United States Naval Observatory (USNO), Washington, DC, 2004—present
Astronomer, Astrometry Department, USNO, Washington, DC, 2001—2004  
Astrophysicist, Space Sciences Division, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC, 1992-2001

Honors and Awards:

AIAA awards for best paper in conference, 2000 AIAA/BMDO Technology Conference & 1999 AIAA/BMDO Technology Conference
NRL Edison Fellow, 1995-2000
Various Special and Performance Awards


Mr. Dorland is currently the head of the Astrometric Satellite Division at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.  This division supports NASA’s SIM and TPF programs and is also actively engaged in research into detector and software development that support potential future missions.  Mr. Dorland is currently the PI for a Hubble Space Telescope General Observer (GO) program.  Mr. Dorland was the proposal manager for the proposed SMEX-class AMEX mission.  Previously, Mr. Dorland was the system engineer for the FAME mission operations and data analysis (MO&DA) activities during the lead up to FAME PDR.  Since FAME, he has developed system engineering tools to support the specification of engineering requirements that trace directly to science requirements.  These tools include a single measurement precision model for TDI-type astrometric instruments that simulates the effects of variable optics, CCD and focal plane parameters; and a radiation damage model that predicts the degradation of astrometric measurements that accrue due to proton-induced damage to CCDs.

Prior to working at USNO, Mr. Dorland was the technical lead for NRL’s Synthetic Scene Generation Model, an infrared phenomenology simulation developed to support a variety of DoD sensor and system acquisition programs.   Mr. Dorland also worked as an analyst at NRL supporting various DoD research programs such as the Midcourse Space Experiment and the far Ultraviolet Camera.

Mr. Dorland’s expertise includes analysis of spectroscopic data, high-precision astrometry with CCD data, development and use of high-fidelity phenomenological simulations, program management and software development.

Recent Publications:

1.  Dorland, B.N., Currie, D.G., & Hajian, A.R., “Did eta Carinae’s Weigelt Blobs Originate c. 1941?”, 2004, AJ (in press)
2. Dorland, B.N., “Simulating the Effects of CCD Damage on Centroiding Performance for Astrometric Survey Missions”, 2003, Proc. SPIE, 5167-30
3.  Dorland, B.N., Currie, D.G., Kaufer, A., & Bacciotti, F., “Discovery of the Forward Shock from Colliding Winds about eta Carinae”, 2003, RMxAA (sc), 15, 70
4.  Currie, D.G., Dorland, B.N, & Kaufer, A., “Discovery of a high velocity, spatially extended emission shell in front of the southeast lobe of the eta Carinae Homunculus”, 2002, A&A, 389, 65