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Project Title: Committee on Radio Frequencies

PIN: BPAX-L-06-90-C        

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS


Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area: 

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   02/20/2013

Dr. Jasmeet Judge - (Vice Chair)
University of Florida

Dr. Jasmeet Judge is an associate professor at the University of Florida at Gainsville. She specializes in microwave remote sensing. Her research in electrical engineering and atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences is complemented by skills in physics and computer science. The main goal of her research is to understand how water interacts with soil and vegetation by using both remote sensing and computer models, such as hydrologic and crop growth models. He received her B.S. in Physics from Stillman College in 1992, her M.S in.Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, from University of Michigan in 1999. She did her postdoc at U. Indiana from 2000-1, then went to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at U. Florida where she was an Assistant Professor until 2008, at which time she became an Associate Professor. She has received numerous awards, including a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1996). She has been the Director for the Center for Remote Sensing in the department since 2001l. She was made a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society in 1999.

Dr. William J. Blackwell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. William J. Blackwell is an Assistant Group Leader in the Sensor Technology and System Applications Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2002. Since 2002, he has worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he is currently an assistant leader of the Sensor Technology and System Applications group. His primary research interests are in the area of atmospheric remote sensing, including the development and calibration of airborne and spaceborne microwave and hyperspectral infrared sensors, the retrieval of geophysical products from remote radiance measurements, and the application of electromagnetic, signal processing and estimation theory. Dr. Blackwell held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 1994 to 1997 and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and Commission F of the International Union of Radio Science. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the IEEE GRSS Newsletter. He is Chair of the IEEE GRSS Frequency Allocations for Remote Sensing (FARS) technical committee, the IEEE GRSS Remote Sensing Instruments and Technologies for Small Satellites working group, and the Boston Section of the IEEE GRSS and serves on the NASA AIRS and NPP science teams and the NPOESS Sounding Operational Algorithm Team. He is the Principal Investigator on the MicroMAS (Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite) program, comprising a high-performance passive microwave spectrometer hosted on a 3U cubesat planned for launch in 2014. He was previously the Integrated Program Office Sensor Scientist for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder on the NPOESS Preparatory Project planned for launch in 2011 and the Atmospheric Algorithm Development Team Leader for the NPOESS Microwave Imager/Sounder. Dr. Blackwell received the 2009 NOAA David Johnson Award for his work in neural network retrievals and microwave calibration and is co-author of Neural Networks in Atmospheric Remote Sensing, published by Artech House in July, 2009. He received a poster award at the 12th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment in March 2012 for "Design and Analysis of a Hyperspectral Microwave Receiver Subsystem" and was selected as a 2012 recipient of the IEEE Region 1 Managerial Excellence in an Engineering Organization Award "for outstanding leadership of the multi-disciplinary technical team developing innovative future microwave remote sensing systems."

Dr. Sandra L. Cruz-Pol
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Sandra Cruz-Pol obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in the area of microwave remote sensing of atmospheric gases and ocean emissivity from space in the Ku, K and Ka bands. Her MS degree was from the University of Massachusetts on polarimetric radars for earth remote sensing. Her BS was at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is currently a professor at UPRM where she is been a faculty member since 1991. Dr. Cruz-Pol has worked in several projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other agencies. She teaches courses in the area of Electromagnetics, Antennas, Radars, among others. Her research interests include remote sensing of the atmosphere, and weather radars. She is the Co-PI for the NSF Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) at UPRM and Co-PI for the NSF MRI TropiNET X-band polarimetric weather radar network She is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS) Society. She is currently the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GRS Newsletter. She was recipient of NASA Faculty Award for Research in 2001, the iNEER Meritorious Service Award, and the GEM mentorship Award. She was selected Outstanding Professor of the Year from the ECE department on 2003. Dr. Cruz-Pol has been in the Coordinating Committee of several international conferences including MicroRad and NSF ICEE, both held in San Juan, PR.

Dr. Todd C. Gaier
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Todd Gaier is a Principal Staff and Group Supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Faculty Associate in the Division of Physics, Math and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993. His research interests include millimeter wave electronics for applications in astrophysics and Earth remote sensing. Dr. Gaier supervises the Microwave Systems Technology Group at JPL. The group develops technologies and instruments using monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) components operating at frequencies 1-250 GHz. In addition to the projects just listed, the group developed the Advanced Microwave Radiometers for the Jason-2 and Jason-3 missions as well as the integrated receivers for the Juno Microwave Radiometer instrument, the PALS, PolScat and WindRad experiments. Previously, he was PI of the IIP-98 MATHS project to develop MMIC based receivers at 118 and 183 GHz and developed the 183 GHz LNAs and image reject filters for HAMSR. He is the NASA PI for QUIET and a Co-I on the ESA/NASA Planck LFI instrument. He was co-PI and manager for GeoSTAR-I (IIP-03) and GeoSTAR-II (IIP-07, ongoing). He has received numerous academic and professional awards, including the 2010 NASA Group Honor Awards for Planck-LFI and Herschel HIFI Contributions and the 1999 JPL Award of Excellence.

Dr. David Le Vine
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. David Le Vine is the Science Manager and Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Aquarius mission, the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder mission launched in June 2011 to measure sea surface salinity. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1968. He is a pioneer in microwave remote sensing of the Earth using interferometry. His work has focused on passive remote sensing with applications to monitoring parameters such as soil moisture and sea surface salinity. An example of this work is the development of the synthetic aperture radiometer, ESTAR, and its successor, 2D-STAR. He also is a member of the Science Quality Working Group for ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. Dr. Le Vine’s background is electrical engineering with specialization in electromagnetic theory and physics. He has also done work on scattering from rough surfaces, propagation through random media, and radiation from lightning. His work experience includes employment as an Electronics Engineer at the Harry Diamond Laboratory at the Department of the Army, and research at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to the Goddard Space Flight Center he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr. Le Vine is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He is currently a member of the GRSS Administrative Committee (AdCom). In addition, Dr. Le Vine is affiliated with the Antennas and Propagation Society. He is a member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI, Commissions B, E and F) and the American Geophysical Union. His service to the community includes the IEEE Fellows committee, the IEEE Committee for Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA), IEEE representative to the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, and many years as a visitor for accreditation of electrical engineering programs. He served as an officer in the local IEEE section and on the organizing committee for several professional meetings including Co-Chair for MicroRad 2010 which was held in Washington, D.C. Dr. Le Vine has been elected to Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He was a University of Michigan Fellow and NASA/ASEE Faculty Fellow, and is the recipient of several service awards from the Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also acted as an NRC Fellow Advisor

Dr. Amy Lovell
Agnes Scott College

Dr. Amy Lovell is an associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999. Her research is centered on mm-wave observations of objects within the solar systemas well as planetary atmospheres and molecular clouds. She joined Agnes Scott College in 2000, as an Assistant Professor. In 2004, she was a Visiting Scientist at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Puebla, Mexico. She has also spent time at the Green Bank Telescope and at the NAIC Arecibo Observatory. Dr. Lovell has served on numerous committees, including the NRAO Users’ Committee, the Arecibo Users and Scientific Advisory Committee (as chair in 2007), and the NASA Planetary Atmospheres Review Panel. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She also previously served on the Academies’ Committee on the Handbook Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses: Second Edition (the 2015 Handbook Committee). She is currently a member of CORF.

Dr. James M. Moran
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Dr. James M. Moran is the Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Professor Moran obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT in 1968). His PhD thesis was based on measurements of the structure of cosmic masers. His current research is in submillimeter-wave astronomy for studies of active galactic and black hole accretion. With others, he received the Rumford Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971 for his role in developing the technique of very long baseline interferometry. Professor Moran served as chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard University from 2004-2010. He was chair of the Site Selection Advisory Committee of the SKA in 2011. Professor Moran received the Reber Gold Medal in 2013 for his lifetime contribution to radio astronomy. He is currently serving on the Academies U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union. He has served on numerous Academies committees in the past, including the Astro2010 Panel on Radio, Millimeter, and Submillimeter from the Ground (served as Vice Chair), the Committee on Views of the U.S. NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, and the Committee on a Survey of the Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum, among others. He also served on CORF from 2004-2010. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Paul Siqueira
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Dr. Paul Siqueira is a Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the co-director of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1996. His research interests include microwave sensor development and implementation; numerical modeling of electromagnetic fields within natural media; and signal and image processing applied to environmental remote sensing. His research focuses on remote sensing of the land and cryosphere. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Dr. Siqueria was a visiting scientist at the Space Applications Institute in Ispra, Italy from 2000-2001. Following that, he became a senior member of the engineering staff in the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working there from 1996-2005. He is associate editor for Radio Science of the American Geophysical Union, and serves on a number of science teams, including the NASA Science Definition Team for the DESDynI mission, the JAXA Kyoto and Carbon Cycle Initiative Science Team, the TANDEM-X Science Team, and the NASA Forest Ecology Working Group. He has worked on a number of projects, including the Wide-Swath Ocean Altimeter (WSOA) for measuring ocean altimetry using interferometry; GeoSAR, a two-frequency (X- and P-band) interferometric synthetic aperture radar on a Gulfstream II platform, and the Mars Science Lander EDL radar. He is a member of IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society and Antennas and Propagation Society. He also previously served on the the 2015 Handbook Committee.

Dr. Liese van Zee
Indiana University

Dr. Liese van Zee is an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University. Her research interests include galaxy evolution, chemical evolution, star formation, and extragalactic neutral hydrogen. She received a B.S. in Astronomy and Chemistry from Haverford College in 1991, a M.S. in Astronomy in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from Cornell University, where she worked with BPA and NAS member Martha Haynes. Dr. van Zee has been on the IU Astronomy faculty since 2001. She was a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO-Socorro and a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. She is currently involved in the E-ALFA consortium which will undertake several blind surveys for neutral hydrogen in galaxies using the new seven feed L-band receiver at Arecibo Observatory. Dr. van Zee uses a variety of instruments and radio wavebands for her research.

Dr. Scott Ransom
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Dr. Ransom is a tenured astronomer with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, VA where he studies pulsars and gravitational waves. He is also a Research Professor with the Astronomy Department at the University of Virginia where he has several graduate students and teaches the occasional graduate class. He works on a wide variety of projects involving finding, timing, and exploiting pulsars of various types, using data from many different instruments and at energies from radio waves to gamma-rays. His main focus is on searching for exotic pulsar systems, such as millisecond pulsars and binaries. Once these pulsars are identified, he uses them as tools to probe a variety of basic physics, including tests of general relativity, the emission (and hopefully soon the direct detection) of gravitational waves (as part of the NANOGrav collaboration), and the physics of matter at supra-nuclear densities. Much of his time is spent working on the state-of-the-art signal processing instrumentation, high-performance computing and software that pulsar astronomy requires. Scott was awarded a Hertz Foundation Fellowship for a Ph.D. while in his last year as a cadet at West Point. He completed a Master's degree in astronomy at Harvard and then entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer. After almost six years of service, he returned to Harvard and completed his Ph.D. thesis on “New Search Techniques for Binary Pulsars” in 2001. After his Ph.D., he was a Tomlinson postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal, Canada until 2004 where he moved to NRAO as a staff astronomer. In 2006 he won the Bart J. Bok prize which is awarded for “distinguished research by a Harvard Astronomy Ph.D. recipient under age 35,” and in 2010 he won the American Astronomical Society's Helen B. Warner Prize “for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award.” He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has authored or co-authored over 175 refereed publications including 15 in Nature or Science. He was a member of the Academies Astro2010 Panel on Stars and Stellar Evolution Committee.

Dr. Namir E. Kassim
Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Namir Kassim is the Head, Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section, and LWA Project Scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1987 in astronomy. His scientific interests include low frequency radio astrophysics, large HF/VHF arrays, and HF/VHF adaptive optics. Dr. Kassim is a pioneer in the field of low-frequency radio interferometry. He has authored over 100 refereed journal articles in low frequency astronomy, several books and book chapters, and numerous conference proceedings.

Professor Gabriel M. Rebeiz
University of California, San Diego

Diego, and a Faculty-Affiliate at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He is also the Director of the UCSD/DARPA Center on RF MEMS Reliability and Design Fundamentals. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. Professor Rebeiz's expertise includes design of silicon RFICs for microwave and millimeter-wave systems with a specialty on phased arrays and low power circuits, active and passive imaging systems up to THz frequencies (including thermal imagers), THz CMOS and SiGe electronics, RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF MEMS), reconfigurable front-ends including tunable filters and tunable antennas, cognitive radios, planar antennas from RF to THz frequencies, radars, and collision avoidance systems for automotive applications. He is also an IEEE Fellow, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, an URSI Koga Gold Medal Recipient, the 2003 IEEE MTT (Microwave Theory and Techniques) Distinguished Young Engineer, and is the recipient of the IEEE MTT 2000 Microwave Prize, the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award and the 2011 IEEE AP (Antennas and Propagation) John D. Kraus Antenna Award. Prof. Rebeiz has graduated 45 Ph.D. students and 16 postdoctoral fellows, has more than 500 IEEE publications, and currently leads a group of 21 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the area of mm-wave silicon RFICs, tunable microwaves circuits, RF MEMS, planar mm-wave antennas and terahertz systems. He is the author of the “RF MEMS: Theory, Design and Technology,” Wiley (2003). Dr. Rebeiz is a member of NAE.