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Dr. Jeffrey R. Piepmeier – NESC Academy Biography

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Jeffrey R. Piepmeier earned the B.S. Engineering degree (electrical concentration) from LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas in 1993 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He is currently the Chief Passive Microwave Instrument Engineer in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He served as Instrument Scientist for the SMAP microwave radiometer and GPM microwave imager and as Deputy PI for IceCube. Previously at GSFC, he was Associate Head of the Microwave Instruments and Technology Branch and Instrument System Engineer for the Aquarius Radiometer. He has been PI and Co-I on multiple NASA Earth Science Technology Office projects. He is a past chairperson of the National Academies’ Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF). He has received six NASA Group Achievement Awards, NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, and Outstanding Leadership Medal. His research interests include mission architecture design, microwave radiometry and technology development to enable the next generation of microwave sensors.