National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Dr. Emerson was an Assistant Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), responsible for Arizona Operations, in Tucson, AZ. His responsibilities included the operation of the NRAO 12-Meter Telescope at Kitt Peak, which undertakes fundamental astronomical research in the range 67 GHz to 300 GHz. He is heavily involved in the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) project. Dr. Emerson received his Ph.D. in radio astronomy in 1973, from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, England. Before joining NRAO, he worked for several years with the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) 100-meter radio telescope at Effelsberg, near Bonn, Germany, and then with the Institute for Radio Astronomy in Millimeter-waves (IRAM) in Grenoble, France. His current research interests include spectral line studies of nearby normal galaxies, and development of millimeter-wave observational techniques.
Aaron S. Evans
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at SUNY Stony Brook. He received his Ph. D. in Astronomy from the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii in 1996. His current research primarily deals with observations of colliding galaxies and their associated phenomena (starbursts and active galactic nuclei). The study of these galaxies requires a multi-wavelength approach, which to date has included optical to mid-infrared imaging, as well as near-infrared and (sub)millimeter spectroscopy. The observing facilities he uses to carry out these programs are the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii (UH 2.2m, UKIRT, JCMT, Keck), the Hubble Space Telescope, the Owens Valley Millimeter Array in California, the Steward Observatory 12m telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, and the IRAM 30m telescope in Spain. Dr. Evans received a NASA/ASEE Faculty Fellowship Award in 2002, and chaired the National Science Foundation’s NRAO 5-Year Proposal Panel. He also served on the NRC’s Committee to Review the Science Requirements for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.
Joel T. Johnson
The Ohio State University
Dr. Johnson is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include microwave remote sensing of geophysical media, both active and passive, application of numerical techniques in electromagnetics to remote sensing problems, and RFI mitigation. Dr. Johnson specializes in RFI mitigation for a variety of purposes, including microwave remote sensing. He is currently co-chair of the Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing (FARS) Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, a committee whose mission is to provide technical assessments, guidance and recommendations regarding matters of frequency sharing and interference between remote sensing and other uses of the radio spectrum.
Kolodzy Consulting, LLC
Dr. Kolodzy is a private consultant. He received his PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to his work as a private consultant, he was the senior technology advisor and consultant to M2Z Networks. Before M2Z Networks he was the Director of the Center for Wireless Network Security (WiNSeC) at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior, he was the Senior Spectrum Policy Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Director of Spectrum Policy Task Force charged with developing the next generation spectrum policy. Dr. Kolodzy has also been a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Advanced Technology Office managing R&D for communications programs developing generation-after-next capabilities. Before DARPA, he was the Director of Signal Processing and Strategic Initiatives at Sanders (now BAE Systems), a premier electronic warfare company. Dr. Kolodzy got his start as the Group Leader and Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory working on Optical Systems for Laser Radars, Signal Processing, and Target Recognition for Acoustics, RF (SAR), and Optical signatures. Dr. Paul Kolodzy has 20 years of experience in technology development for advanced communications, networking, electronic warfare, and spectrum policy for government, private sector and academic groups. He participated in the NRC Computer Science and Telecommunications Board’s Forum on Spectrum Management Policy Reform.
David B. Kunkee
The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Kunkee conducts microwave remote-sensing research related to the development of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite system, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, and the NASA’s Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer. He is active in radio science applications and is an amateur radio hobbyist. He is a member of Commission F of the International Union of Radio Science and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Antennas and Propagation, and Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.
Molly K. Macauley
Resources for the Future, Inc.
Dr. Macauley is a Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs with Resources for the Future (RFF). Dr. Macauley's research at RFF has included public finance, energy economics, the value of information, and economics and policy issues of outer space. Dr Macauley has been a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Macauley has testified before Congress on numerous occasions on topics including space commercialization, remote sensing, and legislative and regulatory space policy. Dr. Macauley has served on many committees, including the congressionally mandated Economic Study of Space Solar Power (chair). She currently serves on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the NRC and is a member of the Steering Committee for Workshops on Issues of Technology Development for Human and Robotic Exploration and Development of Space and the SSB Science Panel Review of NASA Strategic Roadmaps.
James M. Moran
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Dr. Moran is Professor and Senior Radio Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University. He has made fundamental and far-ranging contributions to astronomy through his key developments of radio spectroscopy combined with interferometry. He has used these techniques to study cosmic masers and has obtained, among other important results, the most direct and definitive evidence for the existence of a super-massive black hole. He observes molecular masers to study the dynamics of gas surrounding putative black holes in nearby galaxies. These masers can be tracked precisely in position and velocity with intercontinental arrays of radio telescopes operating as very long baseline interferometers. With the high angular resolution provided by these interferometers, he is able to measure the orbital characteristics of the gas as well as the mass and location of the black hole. Dr. Moran was principal investigator of the Sub-millimeter Array, an eight-element linked interferometric array, built near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii and used to study planetary atmospheres, star formation, quasars, dust and gas distribution in nearby galaxies, and spectral lines from highly redshifted galaxies. Prof. Moran served on the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union (Member; 01/01/2000 - 12/31/2002), the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (Member; 08/03/1998 - 06/30/2002) and its Panel on Radio and Sub millimeter-wave Astronomy (Vice Chair; 11/13/1998 - 12/31/2001), the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science (Ex Officio Member; 01/01/1991 - 12/31/1993), and CORF’s Subcommittee on Radio Astronomy (Member; 07/01/1984 - 06/30/1987). Dr. Moran is an NAS member.
Lee G. Mundy
University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Mundy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland at College Park. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1984 from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mundy studies the dense ISM, star formation and the initial stages of planet formation utilizing observations at centimeter through near infrared wavelengths and radiative transfer modeling tools. The observations are mainly acquired with the VLA and BIMA/CARMA millimeter array, and though a SIRTF legacy project which is mapping five major molecular clouds and over 100 compact cores. Dr. Mundy is also collaborating with NASA Goddard in studies of a number of mission concepts for submillimeter through near infrared wavelength space interferometers. Dr. Mundy has published extensively.
Timothy J. Pearson
California Institute of Technology
Dr. Pearson is a Senior Research Associate at Caltech. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1977, 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.
University of Michigan
Dr. Ruf is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Ruf works in microwave radiometry, an important area of remote sensing and radio-frequency protection issues. His research interests include Earth environmental remote sensing, synthetic thinned aperture radiometry, mitigation of radio frequency interference, self-contained end-to-end radiometer calibration system, use of stationary statistical properties of upwelling radiances to constrain absolute accuracy and long term stability of satellite measurements, and profiling of lower, middle and upper atmosphere using multispectral, multisensor and climatological databases. Before his position at U. Michigan, Dr. Ruf was an Instrument Scientist for the NASA TOPEX Microwave Radiometer and a Science Team member of the NASA JASON-1 Microwave Radiometer and NPOESS Conical Microwave Imager/Sounder. He has received numerous awards, including the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Prize Paper Award. Dr. Ruf is an Associate Editor of AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology Associate Editor and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, a member of URSI Commission F, and a past member of the NRC’s Committee on Radio Frequencies.
Frederick S. Solheim
Dr. Solheim is President of Radiometrics Corporation, where he develops ground-based microwave radiometers for atmospheric and terrestrial remote sensing. Dr. Solheim was heavily involved with the development of the patented frequency-agile design that allows flexibility for a variety of atmospheric remote sensing applications used in the company’s radiometers. His research interests include microwave radiometry and radiosonding for profiles of temperature, water vapor, and cloud liquid. Dr. Solheim also conducts research in signal propagation. Previously, Dr. Solheim worked with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.
David H. Staelin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Staelin is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the EECS faculty and the Research Laboratory of Electronics since 1965. He also was Assistant Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (1990-2001); Co-founder, MIT Venture Mentoring Service (2000); Chairman, MIT's EECS Graduate Area in Electronics, Computers, and Systems (1976-1990); and a faculty member of MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Program (1985-1998). He was a director of Environmental Research and Technology, Inc. (1969-1978), and co-founder and Chairman, PictureTel Corp. (1984-87). His research interests include remote sensing, wireless communications, signal processing, estimation, environmental sensing, microwave atmospheric sounding, and meteorological satellites. Dr. Staelin was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (2003-05), Chairman of the NRC’s Committee on Radio Frequencies (1983-86), and a member of several NASA committees and working groups, including the Space Applications Advisory Committee; the Advanced Microwave Sounder Working Group; the Geostationary Platform -- Earth Science Steering Committee; and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Science Steering Group. He was Principal Investigator for the NASA Nimbus-E Microwave Spectrometer (launched 1972 on Nimbus 5), and the Scanning Microwave Spectrometer (launched 1975 on Nimbus 6). He was Co-Investigator of the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Spectrometer (1977 launch, Nimbus 7) and the Voyager Planetary Radio Astronomy Experiment (1977 launch, Voyagers 1 and 2). Additionally, he is a member of the NASA Atmospheric Infrared Sounder team (Aqua launch 2002), the NPP Science Team (launch ~2010), the NOAA IPO Sounder Operational Algorithm Team, and the NASA Precipitation Mapping Mission Science Team. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, and received the 1996 Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
Alan B. Tanner
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Tanner is an engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests in include propagation, aperture synthesis, radiometers, and sounding. Dr. Tanner is involved in GeoSTAR, a microwave sounder intended for geosynchronous orbit.