Dr. Robert Thompson
Dr. Rob Thompson is the CAL Project Scientist. He has over twenty years of research experience and numerous publications in atomic and molecular physics,laser physics, and cavity quantum electrodynamics. His current research interests include studies of degenerate quantum gases in microgravity; space-based quantum sensors; and optical clocks. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Anita Sengupta
Dr. Anita Sengupta is the CAL Project Manager. At JPL she has been designing and developing plasma propulsion and entry, descent and landing systems for the past decade. Prior to CAL she was the parachute systems engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission. She holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a MS and PhD in Aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is a Research Associate professor.
Dr. David Conroy
Dr. David Conroy is the CAL instrument systems engineer. At JPL, he designed, developed, built, delivered, and operated a miniature ion energy spectrometer aboard the AFRL technology development mission TacSat-2. He also designed and fabricated the prototype preconcentrator gas chromatograph subsystem of the Vehicle Cabin Air Monitoring system for use on the ISS. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington and PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Dana Anderson
Dr. Dana Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Anderson is a member of the CAL engineering team and responsible for the design of the atom chip. His research interests include Real-time holographic systems, optical sensing and precision measurement, and atom optics. He received his Ph.D. From the University of Arizona. For more information, visit his website
Dr. David Aveline
Dr. David Aveline is the Ground Testbed Lead. He received a NASA Group Achievement award for his work producing the first Bose-Einstein Condensation at JPL in 2006. He also led the development of the Atomic Physics Package for the Quantum Gravity Gradiometer. His research includes atom chip technology, optical micro-resonators, and photonics. He received his bachelor of science from Cornell University in applied and engineering physics and his masters and Ph.D in physics from University of Southern California.
Dr. Ethan Elliott
Dr. Ethan Elliott is a member of the quantum sciences and technology group at JPL and a member of CAL's Ground Testbed team. He has a decade of experience in the design, assembly, and operation of cold atom experiments that range from applied instruments and interferometers while a civilian engineer for the Navy to basic research investigating the fundamental properties of strongly interacting atomic vapors. He received his masters and Ph.D. in physics from Duke University for studies of quantum transport and scale invariance in ultra-cold Fermi gases.
Steve Greenberg, the CAL Mission Assurance Manager has 30 years experience as a System Safety Engineer, Product Assurance Engineer, System Test Engineer, and Mission Assurance Manager. At JPL, Steve has been system safety lead for earth science projects including Cloudsat, OSTM-Jason, OCO, Aquarius and SMAP, system safety engineer for the MER rovers, and mission assurance manager for OCO-3. He holds a BS in applied physics from CSU Northridge and MS in environmental science from Loyola Marymount University.
James Kellogg is a CAL Laser & Optics System Cognizant Engineer, and a member of the CAL Ground Testbed and Integration Team. He has extensive research experience in atomic physics systems development for laboratory and space applications. He received a NASA Group Achievement award as the Technical Lead in the development of the Integrated Micro Primary Atomic Clock Technology (IMPACT) physics package. James also received NASA Group Achievement awards for his contributions to the Atom-Wave Gravity Gradiometer, and for the GRAIL Flight Payload Development team. He received a B.S. in Physics with a Minor in Astrophysics from The University of Colorado, and an M.S. in Physics from the University of California at Irvine.
Michael Kline is the CAL Flight Systems Engineer. Michael has been a member of the technical staff at JPL for the past 16 years. Prior to CAL he worked as a systems engineer on several missions including SMAP, Mars 2016, Genesis, and Stardust. He received is BS is aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and MS in Aerospace Engineering from UT Austin.
Dr. James Kohel
Dr. James Kohel, the CAL Laser & Optics Technical Lead, has over twenty years of research experience in laser, atomic and molecular physics, including the development of cold atom interferometers for inertial sensing. He has also worked to develop a multi-line UV Raman spectrometer for the detection of biological molecules, and was a member of the GRAIL Mission Payload & Integration Test Team. He received a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jun Liu has been working in the field of mechanical engineering both at JPL and private industries for more than 20 years. Prior to CAL, he was a cognizant engineer for Phoenix, MSL and a few other missions, and participated JPL frontier proposal and numerous instrument proposals as the mechanical lead. He holds Ph.D. in Tribology (a branch of mechanical engineering) from The University of Leeds, UK.
Dr. Jason Williams
Dr. Jason Williams is a CAL PI and a member of the CAL Ground Testbed. He specializes in developing light pulse atom interferometers and optical atomic clocks, and their applications to both fundamental and applied physics in space. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University studying ultracold Fermi gases and held a NIST NRC Postdoctoral RA at JILA and the University of Colorado developing high-precision optical lattice clocks.
Clifford Yamamoto, the CAL Electronics and Software Lead, has been working in the field of embedded systems design both at JPL and at private GPS and defense companies for over 20 years. Prior to CAL, he was the lead engineer for the Baseband Processor used to control the Software Defined Radio currently onboard the ISS for the Communications, Navigation and Networking Reconfigurable Testbed (CoNNECT) program. Clifford holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Daniel Zayas, the CAL Thermal Lead, has been developing thermal control systems for spacecraft and instruments since 2008. He is also the Thermal Lead for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) mission to the International Space Station, and previously contributed to the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He holds BS in Physics and Aerospace Engineering, and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.