Kevin Brown is the CALIPSO Project Manager. He oversees and coordinates the efforts of the instrument, operations and science teams and manages the interfaces between the Mission partners. After launch, he will also lead the activation and commissioning of the satellite. Mr. Brown works at NASA Langley Research Center, which houses the CALIPSO Project Office and Mission Operations Control Center. Mr. Brown is supported in all his responsibilities by his deputy, Kurt Detweiler, also of Langley Research Center.
Image left: Shown here is Kevin Brown, the project manager for CALIPSO.
Mr. Brown received a bachelor's degree in physics and engineering in 1984 from Washington and Lee University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1986.
He began his career at NASA in 1989 as the electronics subsystem manager for the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment, a differential-absorption lidar remote sensing system flown on the NASA ER-2 aircraft. He has continued work on lidar systems ever since. When CALIPSO was selected as an Earth Systems Science Pathfinder (ESSP) mission in December 1998, Mr. Brown joined the team as the Payload/Instrument Manager. Upon completion of the instrument suite in 2003 he moved up to Deputy Project Manager. He has held his current position of Project Manager since January 2006.