Elizabeth Kendall, Project Manager, Center for Geospace Studies | SRI International

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Elizabeth Kendall

Project Manager, Geospace Studies

Elizabeth Kendall, Ph.D., has more than a decade of experience in telescopic imaging of HF-induced optical emissions in the upper atmosphere, including recording airglow features on the order of decameters. The combination of this dataset and other diagnostic measurements of the upper atmosphere (e.g., GPS, radar, spectroscopic) enables understanding of the plasma physics processes involved in the ionosphere (the charged part of the atmosphere). This in turn allows better designs for satellite-based communications as well as the testing of fundamental plasma physics theory.

Kendall is SRI's project manager for the Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services (ARSLS) Program of the National Science Foundation. SRI is part of a team led by CH2M HILL, Inc. providing information technology and communications support to Arctic scientists. The team's work covers the entire Arctic, including Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia, and the Arctic Ocean. It provides Internet infrastructure, radio, and satellite phone communications, remote data transportation, and serves as the communications backbone for remote autonomous scientific instrumentation.

Kendall also works on several other projects at SRI. She is the principal investigator (PI) of the SRI-managed Sondrestrom Research Facility all-sky imagers, and co-PI of the Compact Echelle Spectrograph for Aeronomic Research (CESAR). She is also the PI for the National Science Foundation-sponsored Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) Summer School program, which teaches radar methodology to undergraduate and graduate students and is a collaborative effort with MIT Haystack Observatory and Boston University.

Kendall has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Her master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering are from Stanford University. Prior to her employment at SRI, she worked as a research associate at Cornell University.