August 10, 2011 — Gregory Earle has joined ECE as a professor and member of the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research Group.
His research interests include design, modeling, and improvement of space based instruments to measure electric fields and neutral winds in near-Earth space; flight experiments on rockets and satellites; and electrodynamics of plasmas, particularly in the low and mid-latitude regions.
Earle comes to Virginia Tech from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he was on the faculty of the Physics Department since 1996. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2007. Most recently, he was also graduate program chair and associate department head.
While at UT Dallas, he served as co-investigator on the C/NOFS satellite and spear-headed the CubeSat development effort there. His research collaborators included scientists from the Goddard Space Flight Center, Utah State University, the Aerospace Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Southwest Research Institute.
Prior to UT Dallas, Earle worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he worked on over-the-horizon radar systems, hollow-cathode plasma sources, and chemical-release rocket experiments.
He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1988, and his M.S.E and B.S.E.E. in EE from Purdue University in 1983 and 1981 respectively.
Earle has authored more than 40 refereed technical papers. He has also served on a number of NASA teams including the Decadal Survey "Platforms" Subcommittee (2010-2011), the Foundations Roadmap Team (2004-2005), the Sounding Rocket Working Group (1997-2000), and the MOWG for ITM Science (1992-1995, 200-2003).