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James C. Weatherall

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S., California Institute of Technology

Jim's recent research earns two new patents. Development of a contrast phantom for active millimeter wave imaging systems receives patent US 9,075,132 B2 and Method for identifying materials using dielectric properties through active millimeter wave illumination receives patent US 8,946,641 B2. The work is described in the IEEE publication, Spectral Signatures for Identifying Explosives with Wideband Millimeter-Wave Illumination.
(photo right: Awarded for his patents by Dr. Reginald Brothers at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.)

Jim graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in astronomy, writing a senior thesis Solar Velocity with Respect to the Interstellar Medium at Mt. Wilson Observatory. His Ph.D. thesis in plasma physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder entitled Nonlinear Langmuir Waves in a Weak Magnetic Field, discusses type III solar radio bursts.

As a post-doc, Jim was a National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Resident Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and worked in the High Energy Astrophysics group. As a Senior Engineer in high-powered microwaves at General Dynamics, he designed magnetrons and Cerenkov amplifier sources. While a tenured Associate Professor of Astrophysics at New Mexico Tech, Jim taught graduate level courses, acted as department chair and organized graduate seminars. He researched radio emission from pulsars and his work identifies unique signatures for the radio emission process in relativistic plasma of the pulsar magnetosphere.

Currently, Jim is a Battelle Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Homeland Security developing electromagnetic screening technologies. He has received patents for several inventions and awarded by the IEEE/AIAA for his outstanding research.

Jim's associations include Clark Lake Radio Observatory, Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Webb Schools of California.

Kate Weatherall
B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Kate is a researcher, writer, technical editor, and web developer working in the scientific, computing and academic communities. Experience as a webmaster and administrator led her to form Weatherall Technical Applications in 2001, managing technical aerospace contracts, and designing, developing, and producing websites for sports clubs and musicians. Photography remains an essential component to her work, capturing the dynamics of sporting events and special moments of cherished celebrations. Most recently she has served as a religion teacher in Linwood, NJ, and a volunteer for a national charity in Atlantic City, NJ.

Prior to starting a family, Kate's responsibilities included academic administrative assistant in Miami, Florida; assistant editor at the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences in Boulder, Colorado; and office manager in Greenbelt, Maryland. Actively participating as a parent and community volunteer, she served as an advisory board member at a pre-school in Claremont, California and a private school in Socorro, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Kate established a food cooperative, returned to college, was elected president for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and worked as a computer and web consultant. After earning her B.S. and graduating with honors, Kate was employed by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as information services coordinator, technical editor, and web designer.

Fulfilling her degree requirements included writing a technical communication thesis, Structuring a Web Site: Mapping, Modularity, Metaphors, Hierarchy, and Non-Linearity, discussing the design, developmental, and corporate elements necessary to create an effective website. She also completed a geology research thesis entitled Uranium in Socorro County, analyzing the sources and transport processes of uranium throughout the state of New Mexico and the possibility of it affecting the local environment.

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AIPS++ (Astronomical Information Processing System) software is designed to
calibrate, edit, form, analyze and enhance data received from radio telescopes into usable images.
ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), an international astronomical partnership
building a complete imaging telescope producing astronomical images at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths.
(Designed, developed, and maintained both websites. Wrote and edited technical documentation.)

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