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Jeffrey J. Puschell (Ph.D., Astrophysics, 1979)


I am a Principal Fellow for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA.

I am an internationally recognized expert in the system engineering of space-based imaging and remote sensing systems. My
graduate education, which balanced theoretical and hardware-related work, was excellent preparation for an ongoing successful 30-plus-year career in developing infrared and visible wavelength systems for operational and research applications. I have authored or co-authored more than 130 papers on a variety of research topics in astrophysics, space-based imaging and remote sensing and optical communication. I have been a leader in community service activities including Chair, External Advisory Board, Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Institute (CREST) at City College of New York; Chair, Technical Advisory Board for a major government classified program; panel member for the government’s Tech 2025 technology future study and member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee. I have been an innovator in optical systems science and engineering for more than 25 years. My career includes a series of breakthroughs ranging from a method for estimating distance to the most distant known galaxies developed in 1982, described in a 1999 conference overview as “…pioneering even by today’s standards…” to being technical lead for an impressive string of “firsts” including first autonomously operating LIDAR and first demonstration of laser communication with a submerged submarine. In July, I became Chief Scientist for the nation’s highest priority operational environmental remote sensing system, NPOESS VIIRS, a space-based 22-band visible-infrared imaging spectroradiometer. My ongoing work with nanoantenna arrays promises to revolutionize imaging and remote sensing technology with electronically steerable imagers for ground, air and space platforms. My wife Dana and I live in Solvang and Hermosa Beach, CA. We have been married for more than 33 years. We have fond memories of our graduate school years in the Cities. We have three children: Ann, a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, who is married and living
in Munich, Germany; Brian, a computer science major at Santa Monica College; and Crystal, an anthropology student at Allan Hancock College. Back in graduate school, KSTP decided to cover the 1979 total solar eclipse and fy reporters and cameramen on their private
plane up to Manitoba, they invited me to join them and to
bring along a few colleagues and friends. See photo at
left with Vincent Icke.