Dr. Marie Colton
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
MARIE COLTON is the Director of the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). She earned her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. Her research interests are in active remote sensing of water bodies. During her career she has been an aerospace engineer at NASA, a physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, an oceanographer at the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, and center director of NOAA’s satellite service. While serving as acting director of GLERL, Colton also worked as technical director for NOAA’s Ocean Service, where she oversaw all of the science and technology enterprise from hydrographic mapping to ecology.
Dr. Sandra L. Cruz-Pol
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
SANDRA CRUZ-POL is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include microwave remote sensing of natural phenomena, modeling of the microwave atmospheric absorption and microwave sea surface emissivity, and stratus cloud studies using W and Ka-Bands. She is currently working on several microwave remote sensing projects sponsored by NSF (Engineering Research Center for Subsurface Sensing and Image Systems in collaboration with Northeastern University), NASA (Tropical Center for Earth and Space Sciences), IBM and IAP. She is also working in the retrieval of multidimensional cloud liquid water content images using a dual-frequency millimeter-wave Cloud Profiling Radar System in a joint project with the University of Massachusetts’ Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory. Dr. Cruz-Pol is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and the Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. She is currently the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GRSS Newsletter. She was the counselor for the student chapter of the IEEE in UPRM, the largest in IEEE Region 9. She has been a recipient of NASA, GEM, NSF-GEE and GTE Fellowships. She has also spent time as a researcher at AT&T Laboratories, Lincroft, NJ, and Middletown, NJ. She is a member of the NRC Committee on Radio Frequencies.
Dr. Lennard A. Fisk
University of Michigan
LENNARD A. FISK is the Thomas M. Donahue Distinguished University Professor of Space Science in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fisk was previously the associate administrator for space science and applications (the predecessor to the current Heliophysics and Earth Science divisions) and chief scientist at NASA. He has served as a professor of physics and as vice president for research and financial affairs at the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the board of directors of the Orbital Sciences Corporation and co-founder of the Michigan Aerospace Corporation. He is an active researcher in both theoretical and experimental studies of the solar atmosphere and its expansion into space to form the heliosphere. Dr. Fisk received his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego. He was a member of the 2012 NRC Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics). Other relevant NRC service includes chair of the Committee on the Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Missions, co-vice chair of the Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program, chair of the Space Studies Board, chair of the Planning Committee for Workshop on U.S. Civil Space Policy, chair of the Planning Committee for Decadal Science Strategy Surveys: A Workshop, chair of the Committee on an Assessment of Balance in NASA's Science Programs, and current member of the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Dr. Albin J. Gasiewski
University of Colorado Boulder
ALBIN GASIEWSKI is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and is the Director of the NOAA-CU Center for Environmental Technology (CET). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. His technical interests include passive and active remote sensing, radiative transfer theory and applications, electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits, electronic instrumentation, airborne sensors, meteorology, and oceanography. From 1989 to 1997 he was faculty member within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an associate professor at Georgia Tech, he developed and taught courses on electromagnetics, remote sensing, instrumentation, and wave propagation theory. From 1997 through 2005 he worked at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), in Boulder, Colorado, where he was Chief of the Microwave Systems Development Branch of the ESRL Physical Science Division. In 2006 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CU. Dr. Gasiewski was the 2005-2006 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and is also a member of the International Union of Radio Scientists (URSI), where he served as Vice Chair of the United States National Committee of URSI (USNC/URSI) Commission F. He served on the U.S. National Research Council's Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 1989-1995 and on the USNC/ URSI from 1996-1997 and again from 2009-2011. He co-chaired the previous NRC spectrum study on passive science.
Dr. Jeffrey Herd
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation
JEFFREY HERD is the Associate Group Leader of the Radiofrequency and Quantum Systems Technologies Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership of Advanced RF Technology efforts. The Laboratory’s activities in this area include significant programs in developing future radars for air traffic control, weather surveillance, and airborne collision avoidance. Before joining Lincoln Laboratory in 1999, Dr. Herd worked in the Sensors Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. From 1992-1994, he was a visiting scientist at the Institute for High Frequency Physics at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR) in Munich, Germany. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; he received his Ph.D. in 1989.
Dr. Linwood Jones
University of Central Florida
LINWOOD JONES is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Central Florida Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Central Florida. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1971, his MEE from University of Virginia in 1965, and his BSEE from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1962. Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized expert on microwave remote sensing for Earth Science applications. He has played an active role in every NASA scatterometer mission flown in space from SkyLab S-193 to the present QuikSCAT. Also, he has extensive experience in space technologies with over forty years experience in NASA, DOD and commercial space programs with strong background in satellite systems engineering, and microwave remote sensing physics and instrument design and development. He has been a developer of geophysical algorithms for passive (radiometry) and active (scatterometry) microwave remote sensors for earth observations. In 1999 he was elected Fellow of IEEE for contributions to the development and application of active microwave remote sensing technology for satellite oceanography.
Dr. Paul Kolodzy
Kolodzy Consulting, LLC
PAUL KOLODZY is a private consultant with Kolodzy Consulting. He provides wireless communications consultation services to Government (DoD and Civilian) and commercial customers. 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 to that, he was the Senior Spectrum Policy Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Director of the 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. 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 and the 2010 spectrum study which focused on passive uses.
Dr. Robert Palmer
University of Oklahoma
ROBERT PALMER is the Tommy C. Craighead Chair in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OU. Dr. Palmer has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1989). Dr. Palmer began his career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Radio Atmospheric Science Center of Kyoto University, Japan, from 1989 to 1991. His major accomplishments were the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of the lower and middle atmosphere. After his time in Japan, Dr. Palmer held the position of research associate in the Physics and Astronomy Department of Clemson University where he continued his work with atmospheric radar. From 1993 to 2004, he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his interests broadened into areas including wireless communications, remote sensing, and pedagogy. While in Nebraska, he received several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments. Currently, Dr. Palmer serves as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of OU's interdisciplinary AdvancedRadar Research Center (ARRC), which is the focal point for radar research and educational activities on the Norman campus. Since coming to OU, his research interests have been focused primarily on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, especially related to phased array radars and other innovative system designs. Dr. Palmer has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere with over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and 200 conference presentations. Common themes throughout this body of work include an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigationusing advanced array/signal processing techniques. Dr. Palmer served on the NRC Committee on Evaluation of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Planning Process.
Mr. Dean Paschen
FIRST RF Corporation
DEAN PASCHEN is the Director of Advanced Programs for FIRST RF Corporation. Mr. Paschen received a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Illinois in 1981 and 1982, respectively. At FIRST RF, Mr. Paschen is responsible for engineering development tasks on government R&D contracts relating to aerospace and defense applications and development of advanced radio frequency (RF) and antenna technologies. These areas include: broadband antennas, conformal antennas, and phased array antenna systems. The systems engineering supports radar, communications, electronic warfare (EW), threat neutralization, algorithms, navigation, identification, guidance, antenna pointing, seekers and fuzing, telemetry, and remote sensing. His first employment following graduate school was an antenna engineering position at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. After nearly 26 years leading to the Chief Technologist position in the antenna group at Ball, Mr. Paschen moved to FIRST RF Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. He has 15 issued patents and 11 published papers.
Dr. Michael W. Spencer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MICHAEL W. SPENCER is the Deputy Manager for Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. His research interests are in radar systems engineering, modeling and simulation of advanced remote sensing systems, and stochastic signal processing. Dr. Spencer came to JPL in 1990 and initially worked on modeling and simulation for the NASA scatterometer (NSCAT) instrument, a Ku-band radar launched in 1996 to measure sea-surface winds from space. He was involved as a lead systems engineer for the SeaWinds instrument (a follow-on to NSCAT) from the early conceptual design phase through launch, calibration, and operations on the QuikSCAT satellite in 1999 and again on the ADEOS-2 satellite in 2002. He continues to be interested in wind sensing from space, and has developed concepts for future high-resolution systems. More recently, Dr. Spencer has been lead payload system engineer for the development of an advanced radar for the measurement of soil moisture. For the Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission, he has been responsible for the design of a unique L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which utilizes a large rotating mesh reflector antenna to achieve a very wide measurement swath. In addition to the above activities, Dr. Spencer has held system engineering and management roles on the Aquarius and GeoSAR projects. Previous to coming to JPL, Dr. Spencer was with the Aerospace Corporation, where he was involved with the modeling and simulation of advanced sensor systems.