Scott Edgington

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Scott Edgington (Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Science - University of Michigan, 1997; B.S.E. in Engineering Physics - University of Pittsburgh, 1992) is a Planetary Scientist interested in the study of the atmospheres of the Jovian planets, radiation transport, and spectroscopy. He is currently Deputy Project Scientist for the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On the project, he also serves in the role of the Investigation Scientist for the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), for which he acts as a liaison between the Cassini Program Office and the CIRS instrument. He also currently serves in the role of the Saturn Atmospheric Modeling Working Group Co-Lead, which is tasked with characterizing the atmospheric structure of Saturn for the Cassini Project. He played a lead role in assisting the Saturn Working Group and Saturn Target Working Team, which oversees the Saturn atmospheric science conducted by Cassini. He served as a Cassini Science Planning Engineer for over ten years and was involved with the day-to-day planning and implementation of atmospheric and ring science activities on board the spacecraft. He has recently taken on an additional role as Investigation Scientist for the Europa-UVS instrument on the newly announced Europa Mission. Previous to his positions on Cassini, Scott held a National Research Council Post Doctoral Fellowship position at JPL (1999-2000) and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan (1997-1999). In these positions, he has conducted research in the areas of photochemistry in Giant Planet atmospheres, ultraviolet spectroscopy, radiative transfer with emphasis on Rayleigh and Raman scattering, meridional dynamics, and condensation processes. While a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he has interpreted ultraviolet spectra of Jupiter, Saturn, and Shoemaker-Levy 9 and developed several photochemical models. He has published several refereed publications and has contributed to professional conferences during his career. His undergraduate degree involved studying engineering physics, a combination of physics, mathematics, material science, and electrical engineering. However, his interests in the study of planetary atmospheres resulted from part time work with a physics professor involved with launching sounding rockets with the aim of studying the Earth’s upper atmosphere.