Upendra Singh is chief technologist of the Systems Engineering Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center. He is also principal investigator of NASA's Laser Risk Reduction program at Langley and is an international recognized expert in the field. He has chaired more than 25 international conferences in remote sensing and has authored or coauthored more than 250 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
Singh was formerly chief scientist for Hughes STX Corporation at NASA/GSFC, where he designed and developed two state-of-the-art lidar systems--NASA's first mobile stratospheric Rayleigh/Raman ozone lidar system for monitoring ozone depletion and a mobile Aerosol and Temperature (AT) lidar system with three primary (1064, 532, and 351 nm) and one secondary (382 nm) wavelengths for stratospheric aerosol measurements.
He received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in August 2001 for his work in remote sensing. He is a Fellow of SPIE, and has chaired more than 20 conferences on lidar remote sensing at SPIE symposia. He also serves on the SPIE Board of Directors.