Profile for Charles Webb
NASA-GSFC, Code 615
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Office Phone: 301-614-6956
LIDAR remote sensing; orbit and attitude determination; glaciers and ice caps; ice-sheet mass balance.
Dr. Charles Webb joined the Cryospheric Sciences Lab in June 2010 to support the design and development of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission.
He graduated Tau Beta Pi from Cornell University, earning a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Subsequently, he joined the Edison Engineering program at General Electric, holding positions in mechanical systems, propulsion systems design, and mission design and analysis. While there, he earned an M.S.E. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He continued to serve as a senior engineer, at what had become Lockheed Martin, until returning to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, with an emphasis on dynamic modeling for precision orbit determination. After graduating, he held a joint postdoctoral fellowship with the university’s Center for Space Research and Institute for Geophysics, working to improve the geolocation accuracy of laser spots during the original ICESat mission, and using the altimetry data collected to evaluate ongoing changes in the glaciers and ice caps of Arctic Canada.
- Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 - ICESat-2
- Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar - MABEL
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Geophysics and Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin (2007-2010)
- Research Engineer/Scientist Assistant, Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin (2001-2007)
- Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin (1995-2001)
- Senior Member Technical Staff, Mission Design and Analysis, Lockheed Martin (1992-1995)
- Edison Engineer, General Electric (1990-1992)
- Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering (Orbital Mechanics), University of Texas at Austin (2007)
- M.S.E., Systems, University of Pennsylvania (1994)
- B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University (1990)
- Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Senior Member, American Astronautical Society
- Member, American Geophysical Union
- Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Abdalati, W., H.J. Zwally, R. Bindschadler, B. Csatho, S. Farrell, H. Fricker, D. Harding, R. Kwok, M. Lefsky, T. Markus, A. Marshak, T. Neumann, S. Palm, B. Schutz, B. Smith, J. Spinhirne, and C. Webb. (2010). The ICESat-2 Laser Altimetry Mission Proc. IEEE, 98(5), 735-751
Rim, H., Yoon S., Schutz B., and Webb C. (2010). Effect of Center of Mass Location Error on ICESat Precision Orbit Determination Proc. AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference