Dr. Upendra N. Singh

NASA Technical Fellow for
Sensors and Instrumentation
at the NASA

Dr. Upendra N. Singh, NASA Technical Fellow for Sensors and Instrumentation at the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, NASA Langley Research Center is an internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and laser remote sensing expert with 30 years’ experience. Dr. Singh served as the Principal Investigator of the $70 M multi-Center NASA Laser Risk Reduction Program (LRRP), which he envisioned, formulated and implemented during 2002-2010. His LRRP program has led the way to a significant reduction in risk for lasers in space for global remote sensing using lidars. He is currently serving as Principal Investigator of two Earth Science Technology Office funded programs to enable space-based measurements of Carbon Dioxide and 3-D Winds. In last two decades, Dr. Singh has organized 35 international symposia/conferences and has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific articles in atmospheric sciences and remote sensing area.

Dr. Singh began his career at LaRC in 1996 and served as an Aerospace Technologist in Remote Sensing Technology Branch (1996-’99) and as the Branch Head of Electro-Optics and Controls Branch (1999-2001) in Engineering Directorate (ED). Upendra served as the Chief Technologist (2001-2013) and Associate Director for Sensor Systems (2013-2016) in ED providing technical leadership to more than 350 highly qualified professionals in the area of science, aeronautics and exploration. Dr. Singh earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France in 1985. He served as a Chief Scientist from Hughes STX Corporation at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1990-'96) and an Assistant Research Scientist at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (1985-'90).

He is graduate and a Senior Executive Fellow (2002) of the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. In 2002, he was selected into the NASA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) and received his SES certification from US Office of Personal Management (OPM) in 2005. He served on the Board of Editors for Journal of Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Elsevier Science Ltd, England (2000-2008) and is the Associate Editor for SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2007-current). He served as the President of International Coordination Group of Laser Atmospheric Studies (ICLAS) of International Radiation Commission (IRC) during 2008-2015. He served on the Board of Director for the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) during 2009-11 and SPIE Symposium Committee (2006-2015). He is an elected fellow of the SPIE, and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Dr. Singh has received numerous awards and honors, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2016) for “Outstanding leadership in resolving laser/lidar technical challenges and forging international space agency alliances.” Earlier, he was awarded NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2001) for “Significant contributions and distinguished, internationally recognized, scientific and technical leadership of NASA programs in the area of active and passive remote sensing of the atmosphere.” He was awarded NASA Langley’s H.J.E. Reid Award (2005) for co-authoring an outstanding paper and NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal (2006) for “Exceptional service in envisioning, formulating, and implementing an integrated NASA laser risk-reduction strategy.” He also received NASA Group Achievement Award (1998) for “exceptional research and technology innovations, and team dedication in completing a pioneering two-micrometer transmitter for NASA New Millennium Program's coherent wind lidar instrument” and NASA Group Achievement Award (2010) for “Outstanding contributions of the 2-micron Coherent Doppler Wind Lidar Development Team for enabling technology needed for space based global measurements of winds.”

Dr. Singh earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France in 1985, Diplome d'Etude Approfondis (D.E.A) in Optics and Signal Processing from University of Franche Compte, Besançon, France in 1982; M. Phil. (Physics) in Quantum Electronics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 1980; M. Sc. (Applied Physics) in Quantum Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India in 1979 and B. Sc. (Physics Honors) from L.N. Mithila University, Darbhanga, India in 1975.