Peter H. Siegel (BA Astronomy, Colgate Univ., MS Physics, Columbia Univ., PhD Electrical Eng., Columbia Univ.) has held appointments as Faculty Associate in Electrical Engineering and Senior Scientist in Biology at the California Institute of Technology; and Senior Research Scientist and Technical Group Supervisor for Submillimeter Wave Advanced Technology (SWAT) at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, both in Pasadena California. He has been working in the areas of millimeter and submillimeter-wave technology and applications for more than 40 years, and has been Principle or Co- Investigator on more than 75 R&D programs and been involved in delivering critical hardware for four major THz space flight instruments. He has published more than 300 articles in the THz field, and has given more than 200 invited talks in the U.S. and abroad on this subject. Among many other duties, Dr. Siegel is founding Chair, and now serves as elected General Secretary, of the International Society for Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz), the oldest and largest venue devoted to the field of far IR techniques, science and applications. He also served as founding Editor-in-Chief (since 2010) of the first journal devoted exclusively to the topic of THz – the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, which he brought from concept to an Impact Factor of 4.3 in only 3 years. Dr. Siegel has been an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer, co-Chair and Chair of MTT Committee 4—THz Technology, a TPC and Speaker’s bureau member, an MTTS AdCom member for 5 years and an organizer and chair of seven special THz sessions at the IEEE International Microwave Symposia.
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