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Hamid Hemmati

Hamid Hemmati received a M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado University. Prior to joining JPL in 1986, he worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as a researcher, and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-Boulder) as a post-doctoral associate. He is now a Principal Member of Technical Staff and the Technical Group Supervisor of the JPL Optical Communications Group, which is developing laser-communications technologies for telecommunication to and from spacecraft in Earth orbit and deep space. Hamid's research interests include free-space optical communications technologies, space-qualifiable laser transmitters, lidar, laser altimetry, and large-aperture low-cost ground receiver telescopes. He has organized and chaired conference sessions for SPIE, IEEE Aerospace, and IEEE LEOS. He has also served on several NASA advisory and review boards for laser remote sensing and lidar instruments. Dr. Hemmati has published more than 100 journal and conference papers, has been granted seven patents, and has received 30 NASA Certificates of Recognition.

Editor of Volume 7 of the Deep-Space Communications and Navigation Series:

Deep Space Optical Communications