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"Sustainability in the orbital environment requires high quality sensors and rigorous analysis.”

Matthew Stevenson

DIRECTOR OF DATA SCIENCE

"Sustainability in the orbital environment requires high quality sensors and rigorous analysis.”

Matthew is an expert in Physics, Signal Processing, and Statistical Analysis. He joined LeoLabs in 2018. He is passionate about sustainability, both on Earth and in Space, and he’s convinced that the only way to achieve both is through scalable and robust solutions.

Matthew Stevenson leads LeoLabs’ Data Science team, which has responsibility for low-level signal processing at LeoLabs’ radar sites, object cataloguing and orbit determination, and high-level data products. In all aspects, Matthew emphasizes the essential need for statistically rigorous design and analysis.

Matthew holds a BSc in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Victoria and an MS and PhD in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. During his PhD, he contributed to advances in the study of cosmological foreground emission. This included work on the building and commissioning of a radio polarimeter for mapping the Milky Way Galaxy’s synchrotron emission, as well as theoretical analysis on the radio emission from interstellar organic molecules.

Between graduate school and LeoLabs, Matthew produced algorithms for interference mitigation in mass-produced sensors for consumer electronics. In this work, he recognized the need to demonstrate rigorous performance on a statistical level, providing confidence that billions of shipped units would perform at the high level that consumers expect.

When not obsessing over space, Matthew enjoys making sawdust, reading fiction and nonfiction, and camping with his wife and sons. Often he obsesses over space while doing these other activities.