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Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

Vice president of the California Institute of Technologyn, USA

California, USA


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Charles Elachi serves as Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He joined JPL in 1970. He is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science and Vice President of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, U.S.A.

Elachi has been a principal investigator on a number of research and development studies and flight projects sponsored by NASA. He is author of more than 230 publications in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory, and holds several patents in those fields. He taught the Physics of Remote Sensing at Caltech from 1982 to 2001. He has chaired a number of strategic planning committees for NASA and lectured in more than 20 countries about space exploration and Earth observation.

Elachi has received numerous national and international honors and awards, including «America>s Best Leaders» by U.S. News & World Report; and Exceptional Service, Outstanding Leadership, Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and Distinguished Service medals from NASA.

Elachi received a Bachelor>s degree (1968) in Physics from the University of Grenoble, France; the Diplome Ingenieur (1968) in Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble; and a Master>s degree (1969) and Doctorate (1971) in Electrical Sciences from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He also has a Master>s degree (1983) in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA (1979) from the University of Southern California.