Meet Dr. Eric Rignot: Principal Scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Dr. Eric Rignot is principal scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. His research interests are geoscience applications of radar interferometry and polarimetry.
He is a principal investigator on several NASA-funded projects to study the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets using radar interferometry combined with other methods; the interactions of ice shelves with the ocean; and the dynamic retreat of Patagonian glaciers. He received the JPL Lew Allen Director's Award for Excellence in 1998. Dr. Rignot is a member of the American Geophysical Union, and the International Glaciological Society.
He has been widely interviewed by media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, CNN Radio, ABC Radio and France’s Figaro Times.
Dr. Rignot holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in astronomy from the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie in France, and a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, France.