William Rideout

Technical Staff Software support for geospace research at MIT Haystack. I oversee the Madrigal database, and processing of ISR and GNSS data available via Madrigal.
Office Phone 617-715-5624

I started working at MIT Haystack in 2001 after getting a masters degree in Computer Engineering at UMass Lowell, working with the Digisonde group.  Since coming here, I have led the development of the Madrigal database (http://cedar.openmadrigal.org).  I have also led the software side of our GNSS processing to derive total electron content, one of the most popular data products on Madrigal.  I am also a key member of the software team in charge of processing our Incoherent Scatter Radar data.

In my spare time, I am one of the team proselytizing to my fellow employees the joys of riding a bicycle around the rural roads surrounding MIT Haystack.  At home, I have spent an unreasonable number of years helping to build the Squannacook River Rail Trail in Townsend and Groton, MA (http://sqgw.org), with construction finally starting in 2019.

Spotlight Projects
Madrigal Geospace Database

An upper-atmospheric science database at Haystack used by groups throughout the world. Madrigal manages archival and real-time data from a wide range of upper-atmospheric science instruments.

Millstone Hill Incoherent Scatter Radar

Incoherent scatter radar (ISR) has proved to be the most powerful and flexible ground-based instrument for probing the dynamics of thermal plasma in Earth’s ionosphere.