Dana X. Kerola received a BS degree in physics (with distinction) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1973, and an MA in astronomy from UCLA in 1975. He obtained a PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Arizona (UA) in 1994. After completing a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine in 1995, he returned to Tucson where he worked at UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and with UA’s Terrestrial Biophysics Remote Sensing Group as a Research Associate. He began working at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (NGES) as a Scientific Consultant in 2003, and by the end of 2004 became employed directly with their Aerospace Systems Division in Azusa, California as an NGES Physicist, working in areas of passive microwave radiative transfer, meteorological satellite sensor calibration, retrieval of environmental parameters, hyperspectral image analysis, and space-based infrared systems simulation and engineering. At the start of 2008, Dr. Kerola took an Atmospheric Scientist position at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he is involved in polarized atmospheric radiative transfer modeling and spacecraft sensor vicarious calibration.