Scott Palo is a native of Massachusetts and came to the University of Colorado to purse a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering. After completion of his PhD he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and subsequently returned to the University of Colorado as a member the research faculty. In 2001 he was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. As a junior faculty Scott received an NSF CAREER award, the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to conduct research in Tasmania. After receiving tenure Scott spent part of his sabbatical at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand teaching in the Physics department on an Erskine Fellowship. Scott is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and received the United States Antarctic Service Medal for his 8 research visits to the South Pole. Currently Scott conducts research is near earth remote sensing, small satellite systems and unmanned aircraft sensor systems. He is a Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, an affiliate faculty in the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Department and current serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.