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Louis Allen Rose (Ph.D. 1977, Advisor: E. Ney)


My wife, Emmanelle, and I have been married for 47 years.

We have three children: a daughter in Scotland, a daughter in Tennessee, and a son in California. We are doting grandparents and we look forward to seeing our four grandchildren as often as possible. My family loved life in Minneapolis, and even now my children will speak fondly of the "Minnesota Years." In 2011, we moved from our home of 34 years in Bowie, MD to Columbia, TN to be closer to our younger daughter and her family. As a graduate student, I was extremely fortunate to be able to work for Dr. Ney on a thesis project that involved measuring the infrared emissions spectra of various fine grained materials and making comparisons to the infrared spectra of comets to gain information about the composition and size of cometary grains. After leaving Minnesota, I spent two years as a NAS/NRC Research Associate in the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. There I worked in a group of graduate and postdoctoral students analyzing spectra of X-ray emitting astrophysical objects obtained from the High Energy Astrophysical Observatory (HEAO-1) satellite, launched in 1977. When my postdoctoral appointment at Goddard ended, I worked briefly as an optical systems analyst for Analytic Decisions Inc., a company in Rosyln, Virginia that provided technical support to Government Agencies on infrared measurement programs. In 1981 I joined the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as a research physicist, working first in the Acoustics Division for two years and then moving to the Remote Sensing Divisions where I remained for the rest of my 25-year career at NRL. In the Remote Sensing Division, I used microwave radiometers in field experiments to measure brightness temperature and emissivity of ocean surfaces to provide calibration/validation for the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) instruments aboard the Defense Meteorological Satellite Platform (DMSP) and to aid in the development of ocean wind vector retrieval algorithms for the WindSat satellite. I retired from NRL in April, 2006.
Soon after retiring from NRL, I began teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy, where for 3 years I was an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. In 2011, I became an Adjunct Professor in the Physics Department at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Once while I was a postdoc at Goddard, Dr. Ney came and delivered the weekly lab-wide scientific colloquia. Dr. Frank McDonald, who was one of Dr. Ney’s first PhD students, introduced him by saying “It is sometimes said that there is a Minnesota Mafia at work in NASA. If that be true, then our speaker today is surely the Godfather.” Dr. Ney then proceeded to give one of the best and most entertaining lectures I had ever heard him give. Afterwards many people gathered around to thank him, and one of my fellow postdocs said to me, “Wow, working for him must have been a lot of fun.” Dr. Ney was one of my heroes and working with him was one of the highlights of my professional life, but all of the physics and astrophysics professors I had at Minnesota were excellent. In particular, the training in radiometry I received from Drs. Peter Roll and Ed Ney helped prepare me for the work I did later at NRL.