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M. S., University of Colorado, Astrogeophysics, 1977.

B. S., with honors, California Institute of Technology, Astronomy, 1974.


Caltech Chapter of the Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research, 1974.

Senior Thesis Award in Astronomy, Caltech, 1974.

Nominated for The Aerospace Corporation's President's Award, 1990.


American Astronomical Society

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Member, Earth Observations Committee, International Astronautical Federation

Explorers Club (Fellow)


Expertise in environmental remote sensing physics, phenomenology, and sensor concepts, both passive and active, for atmospheric, oceanographic, and terrestrial applications in the visible, infrared, and microwave. Expertise in systems engineering to ensure that sensing systems meet the needs of the end user. Conceptual design of electro-optical and microwave imagers and sounders, millimeter-wave radars, and lidars. Knowledge of environmental retrieval algori thms, data bases, and user applications. Familiarity with the economics of the remote sensi ng market. Expertise in technical projections for the next decade in international remote s ensing.

Demonstrated ability in technical leadership, customer communications and relations, evaluation of contractor concepts, handling of controversial issues in a team environment, and technical tutorials. Knowledge of the military (tri-services), civilian (NASA/NOAA/academic) and international remote sensing communities. Experience with airborne test beds and field experiments. (Developed at The Aerospace Corporation.)

Definition, evaluation, and implementation of science requirements for interplanetary flight projects. Project science work and mission planning in a matrix organization and interfacing with an outside scientific consortium. Knowledge of solar astrophysics, and of astronomical interferometry (VLBI) for geodetic applications. Extensive image processing and scientific programming experience. Familiarity with FORTRAN-77, VAX/VMS, and the VICAR image processing language. Some experience with budgeting and scheduling, and hiring and supervision of computer programmers and analysts. (Developed at JPL/Caltech.)

Proficiency in handling instruments gained at JPL, Caltech, and observatories (Palomar, Kitt Peak, Sac Peak, Mt. Wilson, etc.). Experience with telescopes, Charge-Coupled Device cameras, spectrophotometers and spectrographs, birefringent filters, solar coronagraphs and magnetographs, image tubes, measuring engines, and darkroom techniques.

Experienced in teaching and course development for UCLA Extension and in public speaking.


Senior Engineering Specialist, Sensing & Exploitation Dept., The Aerospace Corporation, 1986 -
Currently responsible for technical direction of and support to corporate effort s in national and international civil and commercial remote sensing programs and studies. Cur rently representing the corporation to the remote sensing community in Europe and Asia, and organizing and chairing international conference sessions on remote sensing prog rams. Provided the focus for corporate business development in civil and commercial re mote sensing and environmental monitoring from 1994-96. Previously functioned as the project scientist for the military's future environmental remote sensing satellites (Blo ck 6 of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program). Provided aggressive, in-depth contractor evaluations, directed in-house studies, performed independent sensor concept studies, and wrote portions of the RFP. Led an imaging spectrometer design team. Led a team designing an integrated environmental / earth resources / tactical surveillance "super system". Proposed and analyzed unique cloud data collects with Delta Star. Supported Army topographic studies. Principal Investigator for a Hi-CAMP airborne test bed field experiment. Authored corporate remote sensing brochure. Taught electro-optical portion of Earth Remote Sensing course. Twenty-eight publications.

Course Coordinator and Lecturer, UCLA Extension, 1990 -:
Created new course for UCLA Extension on "Earth Remote Sensing" first taught 2/92. Asked to write a book.

Member of the Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1978 - 1986:
Experiment scientist for the X-Ray/XUV/Visible imager on the International Solar Polar Mission. Science study team member for proposed missions, e.g., Starprobe. Task manager in the Image Processing Laboratory (IPL) for Navy meteorological studies and for the application of NASA technologies to art conservation and document preservation. IPL analysis and programming support to the Viking, Voyager, IRAS, and Galileo flight projects. Research and programming support of VLBI applications to geodesy and geophysics. Nineteen publications.

Professional Research Assistant, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1978:
Developed interactive software for analysis of astronomical spectra from the International Ultraviolet Explorer. Wrote a manual and taught others to use the system.

Research Assistant, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1974 - 1977:
Acquired, reduced, and interpreted satellite and ground-based observations of the the Helium spectrum in the solar atmosphere, and of active chromosphere stars. Gained theoretical experience in stellar atmospheres and radiative transfer, and experimental experience with observatory equipment. Seven publications.

Research Astronomer, Sacramento Peak Observatory, summer, 1974:
Developed observing and computer programs to determine why magnetographs do not measure the true solar magnetic field. Operated solar magnetograph and computer link.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Caltech Physics Department, 1974:
Supervised freshman physics labs, conducted individual recitations, graded notebooks, assigned final grades. Acquired experience in using equipment and debugging experiments.

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Caltech Astronomy Department and Big Bear Solar Observatory, summers 1971 - 73:
Performed research on solar phenomena in the chromosphere. Responsible for various phases of telescope operation, including Skylab ground support. Experience with a variety of instrumentation. Four publications.

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