Albin J. Gasiewski, Co-Chair, received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Previously, he had received M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and he received a B.S. degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. From 1989 to 1997 Dr. Gasiewski was a faculty member within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an associate professor there, 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’s) 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 of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directs the NOAA-CU Center for Environmental Technology. 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. Dr. Gasiewski was the 2005-2006 president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and was the General Co-chair of IGARSS 2006 in Denver, Colorado. He is also a member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), where he currently serves as vice chair of the United States National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI) Commission F. He served on the U.S. National Research Council’s Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 1989 to 1995 and on the USNC-URSI from 1996 to 1997.
Donald C. Backer is a professor of astronomy and chair of the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Backer received a bachelor of engineering physics degree from Cornell University in 1966, a Master of Science degree in radio astronomy from Manchester University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Cornell University in 1971. He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research assistant at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, and 2 years as a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 1975 he has been at the University of California, Berkeley. His past duties have included serving as executive officer, and later chair, of the U.S. Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) network. More recently he has served on the board of the Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Association and the visiting committees of the NRAO and the Haystack Observatory and is currently on the visiting committee of the Arecibo Observatory serving as chair. He chaired Commission J of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science from 1997 to 1999 and was an NRC ex officio member. Professor Backer’s research interests have focused on pulsars and active galactic