Jeff Dozier - (Chair)
JEFF DOZIER is a Distinguished Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He founded the Bren School and served as its first dean for six years. His research interests are in the fields of snow hydrology, Earth-system science, remote sensing, and information systems. He has led interdisciplinary studies in two areas: one addresses hydrologic science, environmental engineering, and social science in the water environment; the other involves the integration of environmental science and remote sensing with computer science and technology. He was a principal investigator on the Landsat 4 and 5 programs, when the satellites carrying the first Landsat Thematic Mapper instruments were launched. He served as the senior project scientist for NASA’s Earth Observing System when the configuration for the system was established. He is a fellow of the AGU and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honorary professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal. He also helped Disney Animation Studios win the 2014 Oscar for Best Animated Feature, for the film Frozen. He received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Michigan. He has previously served on many Academies’ committees and has chaired eight of them.
Steven J. Battel
STEVEN J. BATTEL, NAE, is president of Battel Engineering, and provides engineering, development, and review services to NASA, the Department of Defense, and university and industrial clients. His areas of specialization include program management, cost and schedule evaluation, systems engineering, advanced technology development, spacecraft avionics, power systems, high-voltage systems, precision electronics, and scientific instrument design. He developed scientific instruments for recent space missions including Curiosity, Mars-Phoenix, Cassini, HST, LADEE, MAVEN, ExoMars and Mars2020. Mr. Battel was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope External Readiness Review Team for SM-2, SM3A, SM3B and SM4; the AXAF/Chandra Independent Assessment Team; the TDRS-H/I/J Independent Review Team; the Mars Polar Lander Failure Review Board; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Genesis Failure Review Board. He is a current or former member of more than 80 review boards for NASA missions. Prior to Battel Engineering, he worked as an engineer, researcher, and manager at the University of Michigan, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Battel is a fellow of the AIAA and AAAS and a member of Sigma Xi. He is currently a member of the AURA Space Telescope Institute Council. He has previously served on an Academies’ Committee.
Victoria E. Hamilton
VICTORIA E. HAMILTON (vice chair) is a staff scientist and acting section manager at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in the Department of Space Studies. Hamilton has extensive experience with laboratory spectroscopy and Mars data analysis, as an affiliate of the Mars Global Surveyor TES science team, and as a participating scientist on the Mars Odyssey and Mars Science Laboratory missions. She is a science team co-investigator and deputy instrument scientist on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. She has published on laboratory mineral and meteorite spectroscopy, numerical modeling of infrared spectra, martian surface composition, martian atmospheric aerosol composition, and surface thermophysical properties. Hamilton has built, operated, and managed a NASA-supported spectroscopy laboratory equipped with three spectrometers for measuring visible, near infrared, and thermal infrared properties of rocks, minerals, and meteorites in reflectance and emission. She has received the NASA Group Achievement Award for the MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team. She received her Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University. She has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Melissa A. McGrath
MELISSA A. McGRATH is a senior scientist at the SETI Institute. Her research expertise includes planetary and satellites atmospheres and magnetospheres, particularly imaging and spectroscopic studies of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites. She is currently a co-investigator on the Ultraviolet Spectrometer instrument on the ESA JUICE mission to Ganymede, as well as a co-investigator on two instruments for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. Previously, McGrath served as chief scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. McGrath has served as the chair of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences; as president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission 16 (Physical Studies of Planets and Satellites); and as scientific editor for both The Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal Letters. McGrath has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal; the NASA Superior Accomplishment Award; and the NASA Ames Honor Award in Lunar Science. Dr. McGrath earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia. She has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Anna M. Michalak
ANNA M. MICHALAK is a faculty member in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. She is also a professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Prior to joining Carnegie, she was the Frank and Brooke Transue Faculty Scholar and associate professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Michalak studies the cycling and emissions of greenhouse gases at urban to global scales—scales directly relevant to informing climate and policy—primarily through the use of atmospheric observations. She also explores climate change impacts on freshwater and coastal water quality via influences on nutrient delivery to, and on conditions within, water bodies. Her approach is focused on the development of spatiotemporal statistical data fusion methods that optimize the use of limited in situ and satellite data. She is the lead author of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, a former editor of the journal Water Resources Research, chair of the scientific advisory board for the European Integrated Carbon Observation System, member of the OCO-2 science team, and former member of the NASA Advisory Council Early Science Subcommittee. Michalak is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (nominated by NASA), the NSF CAREER award, and the Leopold Fellowship in environmental leadership, among other recognitions. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Michalak has served on an Academies’ Committee.