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Jakob van Zyl

Jakob van Zyl received his Hons. B. Engineering (Cum Laude) in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1979. Dr. Van Zyl received his MS and Ph D in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California) in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He has been with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California since 1986. At JPL he contributed to the design and development of many synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems, including SIR-C, SRTM, AIRSAR, TOPSAR, and GeoSAR. In 1997 he received the Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award for advancement of radar polarimetry, radar interferometry, and synthetic aperture radar from the Aerospace and Electronics Society of the IEEE. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society of the IEEE for his contributions to polarimatric SAR remote sensing. He is currently the associate director of Project Formulation and Strategy at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Formerly, he was the director for JPL's Astronomy and Physics Directorate.

Co-Author of Volume 2 of the JPL Space Science and Technology Series:

Synthetic Aperture Radar Polarimetry