Dr. Eastwood Im is currently the Manager of the Earth Science Instruments and Technology Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has extensive experience in spaceborne meteorological radar science remote sensing, radar design and advanced technology. Dr. Im was the first instrument architect of the multi-functional radar for the Cassini Mission to Saturn during the pre-project phase (1987-1991), and went on to become the system engineer of that instrument until its launch in 1997. He was the CloudSat radar instrument manager from inception through the end of the first year of flight operations (1998-2007). Dr. Im has been a member of NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Science Team and the Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team, focusing on the studies of advanced radar techniques and algorithms for precipitation and cloud parameter retrievals and calibration. Since 1998, Dr. Im has been the Principal Investigator of several NASA studies, developing new radar technologies for future spaceborne atmospheric science missions. Dr. Im is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. He is recipient of the NASA’s Exceptional Technology Achievement and Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medals, and JPL’s Explorer Award and Awards of Technical Excellence. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois in electrical engineering.


Dr. Jeffrey K. Lazo is Director of the Collaborative Program on the Societal and Economic Benefits of Weather Information (the Societal Impacts Program) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The Societal Impacts Program aims to improve the societal gains from weather forecasting by infusing social science and economic research, methods, and capabilities into the planning, execution, and analysis of weather information, applications, and research directions. His research interests include nonmarket valuation, value of information, environmental economics, risk perception research, survey research, and econometric analysis. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 1993.


Dr. David McLaughlin is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1989, spent the period from 1989 through 1999 at Northeastern University, and joined the University of Massachusetts faculty in January of 2000, where he held the Armstrong Professorship in Engineering. His research interests include radar design, remote sensing and sensor networks.


Dr. Robert Palmer has a PhD in electrical engineering and holds 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 is Director of the interdisciplinary Atmospheric Radar Research Center (ARRC), which is the focal point for OU’s weather radar research and education activities. His research interests have focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of the atmosphere. Dr. Palmer has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array/signal processing techniques.



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