Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
areas of expertise: remote sensing, wireless communications, signal processing and estimation, environmental sensing, microwave atmospheric sounding, meteorological satellites, spike signal processing in neurons, electrical engineering
David Staelin has been a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty and Research Laboratory of Electronics since 1965. He also was assistant director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (1990-2001); co-founder, MIT Venture Mentoring Service (2000); chairman, MIT's EECS Graduate Area in Electronics, Computers and Systems (1976-1990); and a faculty member of MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Program (1985-1998). He was a director of environmental research and technology (1969-1978), and co-founder and chairman of PictureTel Corp. (1984-87). He is a fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, and received the 1996 Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
Staelin was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (2003-05), chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Radio Frequency Requirements for Research (1983-86), and a member of several NASA committees and working groups, including the Space Applications Advisory Committee; the Advanced Microwave Sounder Working Group; the Geostationary Platform-Earth Science Steering Committee; and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Science Steering Group. He was principal investigator for the NASA Nimbus-E Microwave Spectrometer (launched 1972 on Nimbus 5), and the Scanning Microwave Spectrometer (launched 1975 on Nimbus 6). He was co-investigator of the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Spectrometer (1977 launch, Nimbus 7) and the Voyager Planetary Radio Astronomy Experiment (1977 launch, Voyagers 1 and 2). Additionally, he is a member of the NASA Atmospheric Infrared Sounder team (Aqua launch 2002), the NPP Science Team, the NOAA IPO Sounder Operational Algorithm Team, and the NASA Precipitation Mapping Mission Science Team.
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