Charles Elachi

Charles Elachi

Charles Elachi

Dr. Charles Elachi is the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Elachi received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1968 from the University of Grenoble, France; the Diplom-Ingenieur in engineering in 1968 from the Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble; and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical sciences from Caltech in 1969 and 1971 respectively.

He has been a principal investigator on a number of NASA flight projects: Shuttle Imaging Radar series (science team leader), the Magellan Imaging Radar (team member), and Cassini Titan Radar (team leader). He is the author of over 230 publications and three textbooks in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory.

Elachi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received numerous awards, including the American University of Beirut Honorary Doctorate (2013), the Association of Space Explorers Congress Crystal Helmet Award (2012), the Pasadena Arts Council Inaugural AxS (Arts & Sciences) Award (2012), the Lebanese American University Honorary Doctorate (2012), the National Academy of Engineering Arthur M. Bueche Award (2011), and the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France (2011).