• Ben Jai

    Ben Jai

    IEMS Mission System Manager

    Benhan Jai is the Manager of the Integrated Earth Mission System. He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the Earth missions at JPL. Jai received his master's degree in Computer Engi... more

    Benhan Jai is the Manager of the Integrated Earth Mission System. He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the Earth missions at JPL. Jai received his master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. Since joining JPL in 1985, he has served in a number of engineering and management roles involving ground data system development, mission operations system development, and mission management at JPL. His previous assignments have included the development of the Ground Data System and the Mission Operations System on many missions including NASA Scatterometer, SeaWinds, Mars Global Surveyor, Stardust, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project.  He was the SMAP Mission System Manager during development phase and launch. He has held positions as Data System Engineer, Ground Data System Manager, Mission Operations Manager, and Mission Manager. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2007 and 2017.

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  • Simon Yueh

    Simon Yueh

    Project Scientist

    Simon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Insti... more
    Simon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from February to August 1991. In September 1991, he joined the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was the supervisor of radar system engineering and algorithm development group from 2002-2007. He was the deputy manager of Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth section from 2007 to 2009, and the section manager from 2009 to 2013. He served as the Project Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius mission from January 2012 to September 2013, the Deputy Project Scientist of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission from Jan 2013 to September 2013, and the SMAP Project Scientist since October 2013. He has been the Principal/Co-Investigator of numerous NASA and DOD research projects on remote sensing of soil moisture, terrestrial snow, ocean salinity and ocean wind. He has authored four book chapters and published more than 150 publications and presentations. He received the IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award in 1995, 2002, 2010 and 2014. He also received the 2000 Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium. He received the JPL Lew Allen Award in 1998 and Ed Stone Award in 2003. He receives the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal in 2014. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and is the Fellow of IEEE. less
  • Peggy O'Neill

    Peggy O'Neill

    Deputy Project Scientist

    Peggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of Californ... more
    Peggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979, and has done post-graduate work in civil and environmental engineering through Cornell University. Since 1980 she has been employed as a Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Branch at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where she conducts research in soil moisture retrieval and land surface hydrology, primarily through microwave remote sensing techniques. She is currently the SMAP Deputy Project Scientist. less
  • Roy Butler

    Roy Butler

    Mission Operations Assurance Manager

    Roy Butler is the Mission Operations Assurance Manager of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. He previously worked as Systems Payload Engineer of the Mars Reconnaissance... more

    Roy Butler is the Mission Operations Assurance Manager of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. He previously worked as Systems Payload Engineer of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission, as well as flight testbed and ground data systems work. He holds degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Philosophy. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2008.

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  • Lynn Marie Osornia

    Lynn Marie Osornia

    Project Resource Analyst (PRA)

    Lynn Marie Osornia is the Project Resource Analyst (PRA), SMAP Business Office. She received her B.S. majoring in Finance from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., in 1998 a... more

    Lynn Marie Osornia is the Project Resource Analyst (PRA), SMAP Business Office. She received her B.S. majoring in Finance from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., in 1998 and an MBA from the University of Redlands, Calif., in 2005. Within the MBA program, she completed the Global Business abroad course held at Cambridge University, England. This course explored the origins, consequences, influences and impact to Europe within the international economy. Post Cambridge she attended the ESSCA School of Management in Paris, France.  Prior to SMAP, as lead, she has supported several projects: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Project (WISE) receiving on behalf of the WISE Project Administration Team, a NASA Group Achievement Award (GAA), April 2003 – January 2010, Space Interferometer Mission Project, January 2010 – June 2010, Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office, June 2010 – September 2012, ColdAtomLaboratory (CAL) Project, September 2012 – November 2015, and finally Soil Moisture Active Passive Project (SMAP), November 2015.

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  • Wallace Hu

    Wallace Hu

    Ground Data System (GDS) Manager

    Wallace Hu is currently working as the SMAP Ground Data System (GDS) Manager. He obtained his BS Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at Lockhee... more

    Wallace Hu is currently working as the SMAP Ground Data System (GDS) Manager. He obtained his BS Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at Lockheed Martin for seven years before joining JPL in the Mission Planning and Sequencing Development Group. Since then, he has worked as the GDSE (Ground Data System Engineer) for the Spitzer space telescope, GRAIL, and RapidScat projects.  His work encompassed managing cost, schedule, design and deployment of the ground data system (software and hardware) from development through operations. He is also the GDS Manager for SWOT, NISAR projects.

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