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   Scott Shaffer
   Radar System Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Glendora, California
United States Of America
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High School: Royal Oak High School, Covina,  CA
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis - 1984
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles - 1986

Background Information
I was born in Walnut Creek, California in 1962 and have lived in the state all of my life. I grew up in Covina, got a Bachelors at UC Davis and a Masters at UCLA. I now live in Glendora with my wife, Diane, and our two children.

Since 1986, I have been a member of the Radar Science and Engineering section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and have had the opportunity to work on several exciting missions to studied Earth and our surrounding solar system. These missions have included: NSCAT, Magellan, SIR-C, Pathfiinder, TOPSAR, SRTM, MER, Cassini, UAVSAR, Phoenix, and now MSL. Qver the years, I have participated in almost every aspects of designing, building, testing, and operating airborne and spaceborne instruments.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am now working my 4th Mars lander mission, each one has been more exciting than the last. There is something about seeing Mars through the eyes of the lander from the surface of the planet that touches the imagination and transports you to that very spot. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Even though Ive worked on radar remote sensing for most of my career, each day I learn something new. One day it might be learning some geology to work with a scientist that is using radar data. Another day it might be learning some orbital mechanics to determine where the radar was when it images an interesting feature. [more personal reflections ...]