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Project Title: Views on the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015

PIN: DEPS-BPA-12-03        

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS


Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area:  Earth Sciences; Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Policy for Science and Technology; Space and Aeronautics

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   02/27/2013

Dr. David R. DeBoer - (Chair)
University of California, Berkeley

David R. DeBoer is the Project Director for the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) at the University of California, Berekley. The ATA is the first “large-N” radiotelescope that will link many antennas together to yield an effective large aperture radio telescope. He is also on the research staff at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to these positions, he was the Assistant Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility and the the ASKAP project director (building the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope—a $100-million-plus precursor to the giant SKA radio telescope.) He held these positions in Australia from 2006-2010. Prior to moving to Australia, he was the project manager for the ATA construction from 2000-2006. Dr. DeBoer graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1989, with a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics. His undergraduate research heavily utilized the 1.2-meter millimeter-wave radio telescope located at Harvard, as well as the MIT Haystack facility. In 1995, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His thesis work investigated the constituency of the atmospheres of the outer planets. Dr. DeBoer also developed a satellite RFI search and modeling engine currently called the Spaceborne Transmitter Use Search System (STRAUSS). After a brief stint working out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to develop methods to map ozone from satellites, Dr. DeBoer returned to Georgia Tech to oversee the development of a 100-ft radio telescope for use in the SETI Institute's Project Phoenix. Dr. DeBoer then went on to become an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is well-known in the radio astronomy community and is a member of various SKA working groups and task forces, and while in the USA was a member of the International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC) as well as serving on that committee as one of two Australian representatives. He is CORF’s current Chair.

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

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. She was made a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society in 1999. Dr. Judge is CORF’s current Vice-Chair.

Dr. William J. Blackwell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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." He is a member of CORF.

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. Michael M. Davis
SETI Institute [Retired]

Michael M. Davis is the Director of SETI Projects at the SETI Institute. Dr. Davis is responsible for implementing varied strategies for seeking evidence of intelligence beyond Earth. Chief among his duties managing the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a world-class radio telescope being built in northern California by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his current position he was the Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Dr. Davis was chair of CORF (1992-1998), and severed as a member on the NRC Panel on the Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses (2005-2006) and currently, he serves as a consultant to CORF. Dr. Davis has decades of experience in spectrum policy for radio astronomy.

Dr. Todd C. Gaier
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Todd Gaier is a Principal Staff and Group Supervisor at the NASA 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. He is a member of CORF.

Dr. K. I. Kellermann
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Kenneth Kellermann (NAS) is a Senior Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA. He received his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1963. His research interests include studies of the astrophysics of extragalactic radio sources, quasars, galaxies, and active galactic nuclei as well as their applications to cosmology and the large scale structure of the Universe. He is also concerned with radio astronomy instrumentation, especially as applied to high-resolution radio interferometry and aperture synthesis. Dr. Kellermann is a NAS member and currently serves on the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, and served on the NRC’s Committee on Review of Scientific Research Programs at the Smithsonian Institution, The Council of the National Academy of Sciences, The Panel on Radio and Submillimeter-wave Astronomy of the 2000 Decadal Survey of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and many other activities, including CORF as an ex oficio member from 1990-1998. He was recommended by CORF and Chris McKee, NAS. He is a member of CORF.

Dr. David Le Vine
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

David Le Vine is the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Aquarius mission, the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder mission to measure sea surface salinity, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1968. His work has focused on passive microwave remote sensing of the Earth 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. Loris Magnani
University of Georgia

Loris Magnani is the Assistant Department Head in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1987. Before going to the University of Georgia, Dr. Magnani was a Research Associate at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. His current research interests is studying the diffuse molecular component of the interstellar medium using the CH 3335 MHz emission line and the OH 1665 and 1667 MHz lines. Dr. Magnani has also begun to study astrobiology, specifically the distribution of formaldehyde in the outer galaxy. Previously his research has focused on the large-scale distribution of molecular gas at high galactic latitudes; quantifying the turbulence characteristics of small molecular clouds; and developing a new technique to obtain the mass of small molecular clouds. He is a member of CORF.

Dr. Darren S. McKague
University of Michigan

Darren S. McKague is a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences at at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. in Physics Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, with a focus on Earth atmospheric and surface remote sensing, radiative transfer, data exploitation, and mathematical inversion techniques. Prior to join U. Michigan he was a Principal Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Dr. McKague’s responsibilities have included the development of Pre-Phase A design concepts for space-borne remote sensing instruments for a number of proposals to NASA and NOAA; developing hardware designs and brass-board demonstration units for space-borne technologies, and focusing in particular on microwave/mm-wave radiometer calibration schemes and combined passive and active radar/radiometer designs. He was lead scientist and the calibration lead for the Global Precipitation Mission Microwave Imager (GMI) proposal and program, and was a member of the Algorithm Integrated Program Team for NPOESS Space Environmental Sensor Suite (SESS) and Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) proposal. He has also developed new algorithms for the remote sensing of water vapor profiles, clouds, temperature profiles, and surface emissivity in the microwave region of the spectrum. He has received numerous awards and honors, including membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. McKague was recommended by Karen St. Germain (former CORF chair) and Jeff Piepmeier (former CORF chair). He is a member of CORF.

Dr. Timothy J. Pearson
California Institute of Technology

Timothy J. Pearson is a Senior Research Associate at California Institue of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1974, after which he held a postdoctoral position at Caltech. He has been at Caltech since. Dr. Pearson’s research interests include statistics of radio sources, and radio interferometry and its application to observations of active galactic nuclei and the cosmic microwave background radiation. He uses radio telescopes at Cambridge, Owens Valley Radio Observatory, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the Cosmic Background Imager in Chile. Currently he is an Associate Editor for the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Dr. Pearson was recommended by former BPA Chair Anneila Sargent (NAS). He is a member of CORF.

Dr. Alan E.E. Rogers
MIT Haystack Observatory

Alan E.E. Rogers is a Research Affiliate at MIT/Haystack Observatory. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University College of Rhodesia in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. After his thesis he remained at MIT as a Senior Research Scientist at the university’s Haystack Observatory, where he worked on planetary radar. During a brief leave of absence in Zimbabwe in 1968 he developed radio telemetry collars for research on warthogs. Back at MIT, he aided in the development of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) for Geodesy and Astronomy and was co-recipient of the Rumford medal awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971 for the development of VLBI. From 1994 to 2002 he worked with industry in the development of radio location systems for cellular phones to meet the E911 accuracy required by the Federal Communications Commission. His current interests include radio arrays and spectrometers specializing in the detection and measurement of weak radio astronomy signals requiring very long integration times. Dr. Rogers currently leads the Deuterium Array project, a radio astronomy observatory designed to detect and measure the deuterium line at 327 MHz in the Galactic plane, thereby constraining the cosmological abundance of deuterium. Dr. Rogers is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of the American Astronomical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was recommended by James Moran, NAS, Harvard University (past CORF member), Donald Backer, UC-Berkeley, (former CORF chair), and Dan Smythe, MIT (former CORF member). He is a member of CORF.

Dr. Gregory B. Taylor
The University of New Mexico

Gregory Taylor is head of a radio group and is in charge of the Long Wavelength Array project at the University of New Mexico. He also holds an adjunct position on the scientific support staff at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, and faculty in the Deptartment of Physics at New Mexico Tech. In 2004-2005 he was on sabbatical at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), an independent laboratory of Stanford University. Dr. Taylor's research interests include radio afterglows from gamma-ray bursts, and radio galaxy environments. He is a member of the IAU and the AAS. Dr. Taylor was recommended by Geoff Bower, UC-Berkeley, and former CORF member Steve Ellingson. He is a member of CORF.

Dr. A. Richard Thompson
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

A. Richard Thompson is currently an independent consultant, primarily working with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.. He retired from the NRAO after a distinguished career in radio astronomy, and CORF relies on his extensive knowledge of radiofrequency interference issues, intemational radiofrequency management, and U.S. positions on radio regulation. Dr. Thompson served on CORF from 3/1/79 to 6/30/91, an ex officio member from 1991 to 1999, and has been a consultant since 1999. In that capacity he attended annual meetings of the International Radio Consultative Committee Study Group 7. He also attended World Administrative Radio Conferences and other conferences as a U.S. representative, through his past position with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).

Dr. Liese van Zee
Indiana University

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. She was recommended by past CORF chair Paul Vanden Bout, past CORF vice-chair Douglas Bock, and Chris McKee, NAS. She is a member of CORF.