Michael J. Burleson

Research Associate I, CAO


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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I am a graduate student in electrical engineering who has developed space-qualified systems for Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Random Number Generation, and Directed Energy Weapons. 

I graduated from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2020 with a Physics, BS - Applied and Theoretical Physics Concentration. I am currently getting my Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Optics and Photonics from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Previous Positions

March 2020 – Present: Research Associate I, CAO-UAH

October 2020 – March 2020: Scientific and Technical Writer, Sigmatech Inc.

March 2019 – October 2020: Research Assistant II, SMAP-UAH


  • B.S. Physics The University of Alabama in Huntsville 2020


  • Zemax OpticStudio, Huntsville, AL, August 19 – December 4, 2020