Ted Early

Scientist Senior Manager

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Edward “Ted” Early, Ph.D., is a scientist senior manager within SAIC’S National Security and Space Group.

Early specializes in high energy lasers, studying the safety implications of lasers, their application to modeling and simulation, and the reflective properties of materials as they are heated by lasers. Early recently developed the first dose-response models for laser injuries that account for human biological variability, which will enable proper risk assessments of high energy lasers used in military operations.

Before joining SAIC, Early started working with TASC, Inc. in 2004, which would later be acquired by SAIC. Previous to that, he worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for over a decade studying radiometry.

Early earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego.

Early is the secretary of ASC Z136, the U.S. national organization responsible for laser safety standards, and enjoys being an annual judge at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.