JPL Fellows

A JPL Fellow is one who has made extraordinary technical and institutional contributions to JPL over an extended period of time. Fellows are sought out for advice on strategic technical decisions and for establishing the course for JPL’s future. The current JPL Fellows are:






Leon Alkalai For outstanding leadership in mission formulation systems engineering, advancing JPL’s business capture efforts through improved approaches to competed proposal campaigns, cultivating a new generation of Capture Leads through mentoring and workshops, and exploring new business opportunities through his Blue Sky Projects team. 2014
Austin B. Baggett For exceptional creative leadership in generating world acclaim for JPL's missions and establishing JPL as the agency's lead center in public communications. 2017
David Bayard For world-renowned expertise in Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) spanning conceptualization, formulation, and design of complex space systems and for leadership in precision pointing control systems and estimation theory. 2018
Charles Beichman For pioneering JPL contributions to infrared astronomy in developing NASA space missions and leading the scientific research on mission data, and leadership in the development of new instrumentation for precision radial velocity measurements, effectively advancing NASA’s capabilities to identify Earth-like exoplanets. 2017
Jeff Berner For highly accomplished technical expertise crucial for all DSN-supported NASA and partner agency robotic and Human flight missions and for extremely broad expertise across multiple engineering disciplines utilized to solve highly challenging problems associated with the high-sensitivity receivers, high-stability signals and high power transmitters used for deep space. 2018
Jamie Bock For extraordinary leadership in the development of highly sensitive cryogenic detectors and arrays for long wavelength astronomy and studies of the cosmic microwave background, thereby positioning Caltech-JPL at the forefront of ground-breaking scientific missions and exciting discoveries in cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics. 2012
John Brophy For outstanding leadership and overall systems engineering in the theoretical research, technological development, and mission infusion of position in the field of advanced propulsion engineering. 2012
Bonnie Buratti For world-class planetary science leadership utilized to maximize the scientific output of missions and for exceptional achievements that have furthered JPL’s reputation as the go to institution for planetary science. 2018
Steve Chien For a distinguished record of contributions to the JPL/NASA system-level spacecraft autonomy program, focusing on planning and scheduling systems, resulting in planning and scheduling autonomy (onboard and ground-based) evolving from a high-risk technology to an established capability. 2020
Dariush Divsalar For pioneering work in the field of telecommunications and signal processing through the development of elegant, simplistic solutions in coding and modulation that have increased data return from spacecraft and advanced 3G/4G cellular standards for terrestrial communications. 2015
James Donaldson For exceptional technical leadership in the architecture and design of avionics hardware and software for JPL flight projects. 2013
Riley Duren For extraordinary leadership in the emerging field of “science systems engineering”, advancing science performance by architecting innovative engineering designs, and being a Principal Investigator and thought leader in programs advancing global climate change awareness. 2017
Howard Eisen For distinguished and sustained record of contributions to some of the Laboratory’s most prominent successes such as Sojourner, SRTM, MRO and MSL and for bringing deep technical contributions in the area of mechanical systems and structures, and world-class understanding of the systems engineering into his position on the leadership team of the Solar System Exploration Directorate. 2018
Margret Frerking For a distinguished career with substantial JPL impact and contributions that encompass science, technology development, instrument development, project management, and laboratory leadership, while producing more than 100 publications with a cumulative citation list in the thousands. 2018
Lee-Leung Fu For exceptional and sustained leadership in establishing and nurturing ocean sciences at JPL, promoting and developing space-based precision radar altimetry, and for outstanding accomplishments in applying satellite observations to understand ocean circulation. 2009
Todd Gaier For visionary leadership in the field of microwave radiometry for scientific remote sensing, ultra-low-noise millimeter wave amplifiers, and Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technologies, enabling cutting-edge instrumentation for Earth Science, Astrophysics, and Planetary Science applications. 2015
Dan Goebel For seminal work in conceptualizing, implementing, and trouble-shooting electric propulsion technology for NASA missions (i.e. Dawn, Psyche, etc.) and serving as a JPL expert in other cutting-edge, mission technologies (i.e. microwave sources, advanced plasma sources, high voltage engineering, ultra-linear TWT amplifiers, etc.). 2017
Robert Green For outstanding leadership and seminal contributions to the field of imaging spectroscopy, pioneering the characterization of spectral performance and instrument application to address many Earth and planetary science problems, and for championing this field for current and future NASA missions. 2012
Carl Guernsey For providing nationally recognized technical expertise in propulsion for nearly all JPL Flight Missions in the last 30 years, and for providing the most extensive critical support in the chemical propulsion discipline at JPL over the last 25+ years, participating in numerous Tiger Team and JPL/NASA anomaly situations. 2020
Sarath Gunapala For pioneering a revolution in infrared detector technology, most notably through Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIPs) and high operating temperature barrier infrared detectors (HOT BIRDs), putting JPL at the forefront of this field for both NASA and non-NASA applications. 2014
Fred Hadaegh For distinguished leadership and technical achievements in spacecraft guidance and control, resulting in new and revolutionary notions enhancing JPL’s outstanding statue for its unparalleled capabilities in this field. 2010
Timothy Krabach For seminal and cutting-edge leadership in device physics (focal plane arrays and infrared sensors), microdevice technology, and optical systems, resulting in successful NASA and non-NASA projects, and the potential for future applications in these areas. 2014
Charles Lawrence For outstanding leadership of astrophysical missions as well as their required technological development, opening up future directions for JPL in this important arena. 2013
B. Gentry Lee For depth and breadth of expertise in space systems engineering and ability to apply that across the spectrum of capabilities related to JPL space exploration missions. 2009
Steven Macenka For in-depth, expert knowledge and outstanding distinguished leadership in interferometry and advanced optical systems, resulting in novel concept design and implementation of outstanding optical programs for NASA and JPL. 2010
Soren Madsen For accomplishments resulting in the successful execution of several highly visible flight missions and significant technical and scientific contributions to the Institution, especially in the areas of advanced radar systems and in-situ scientific analytical instruments. 2020
Rob Manning For extraordinary systems engineering leadership in spacecraft Entry, Descent and Landing, and excellence across a broad spectrum of disciplines essential to the success of JPL flight projects. 2009
Brian Muirhead For his in-depth knowledge, experience and contributions in spacecraft and instrument systems design, development, integration, test and operations for JPL missions and NASA's human spaceflight program. 2009
Tien Nguyen For outstanding leadership and exceptional technical contributions to device physics, analog electronic design and analysis, control systems and failure analysis for JPL missions and instruments. 2009
Shouleh Nikzad For international renown for her contributions to JPL’s MicroDevices Laboratory (MDL) and her vision which has resulted in the expansion of JPL core capabilities from technology to instrumentation and has led to the development of a new generation of ultraviolet imaging spectrometers and cameras. 2020
Robert Rasmussen For outstanding leadership and superb technical contributions in advancing the state of spacecraft design, in demonstrating an unusually deep understanding of hardware, software and their interactions, and for pioneering a model-based systems engineering methodology and accompanying software architecture that addresses the systems engineering challenges of our increasingly complex missions. 2009
Marc Rayman For outstanding leadership and exceptional technical expertise in systems engineering, reaffirming JPL’s leadership position in the field of solar electric propulsion engineering. 2013
Dave Redding For exceptional leadership in the development and application of wavefront sensing and control (WFSC) systems, a critical technology for large optical systems integral to both NASA and non-NASA work. 2012
Glenn Reeves For groundbreaking, state-of-the-practice contributions to flight software development and flight project systems engineering, expanding JPL’s core competencies in autonomy, data management, and many other software-resident functions that are so crucial to the success of the Laboratory’s increasingly complex missions. 2014
Ernesto Rodriguez For creative leadership and technical expertise in radar altimetry, scatterometry, interferometry, sounding, terrain classification, and electromagnetic scattering theory. 2013
Paul Rosen For fundamental contributions in planetary and Earth sciences, signal processing and algorithm development, scientific data processing and production methods, and for worldwide renown expertise in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR (InSAR). 2020
Alejandro Miguel San Martin For exceptional leadership and technical expertise advancing the state of practice and JPL’s leadership in autonomous onboard spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control systems and technology. 2013
Donald Sevilla For state-of-the-practice leadership of mechanical systems engineering (mechanisms and mechanical devices) keeping JPL mechanical design principles and flight project practices at the forefront of the industry. 2017
Linda Spilker For increasingly critical scientific leadership for a range of the Laboratory’s missions, particularly flagship missions, encompassing formulation through closeout and for expertise in planetary ring science, performing ground-breaking research and publishing key work during the Voyager period, and then leading the rings team for Cassini’s Infrared Composite Spectrometer. 2020
Adam Steltzner For exceptional leadership and technical expertise in Entry, Descent, and landing (EDL) systems engineering, most notably the Skycrane System which enabled the successful touchdown of Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover on the Martian surface. 2013
Jennifer Trosper For exceptional leadership and technical expertise in mission operations development and execution for missions to the Martian surface. 2013
Jeffrey Umland For seminal mechanical systems engineering acumen and expertise contributing to the JPL state of the practice reputation from mission formulation through implementation, as demonstrated on MSL, InSight and other flight projects. 2013
Michael Watkins For his versatility across many science and engineering disciplines, including demonstrated achievements and outstanding leadership in space navigation, gravity science and space geodesy. 2010
Chris Webster For pioneering the development of tunable laser spectrometers (TLS) for flight and robotic missions - transfer of this technology to commercial and industry applications has revolutionized the real-time detection of gases and isotope ratios in diverse environments. 2017
Michael Werner For scientific accomplishments and outstanding leadership as Project Scientist for Spitzer Space Telescope, Chief Scientist for the Astronomy and Physics Directorate, and for fundamental contributions to making JPL a work leader in astrophysical research. 2009
Richard Zurek For outstanding leadership as project scientist on JPL missions to Mars and personal research that has contributed significantly to the understanding of planetary atmospheres. 2009