Goutam Chattopadhyay

Goutam Chattopadhyay


NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

4800 Oak Grove Dr. Pasadena, CA 91109, USA


  • 2020, THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award, Past Awardees**
  • 2023**
  • 2027 IMS Co-Chairs, IMS Executive Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Chair, Budget Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Chair, MAPCon ExCom, Meetings and Symposia Committee, Standing Committees**
  • DML-E, TC-21 Terahertz Technology and Applications, Technical Committees**
  • MAPCon, MTT-S Financially Co-Sponsored Conferences, Meetings and Symposia Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Member, TC-21 Terahertz Technology and Applications, Technical Committees**
  • Member, TC-8 RF NANOTECHNOLOGY, Technical Committees**
  • Member, TC-29 MICROWAVE AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, Technical Committees**
  • Members, Subcommittee: India Business, Inter-Society Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Membership, Strategic Planning Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Past Chair, Member and Geographic Activities Committee, Standing Committees**
  • President Elect, Administrative committee officers**
  • Speakers bureau, TC-21 Terahertz Technology and Applications, Technical Committees**


Goutam Chattopadhyay is a Senior Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, a BEL Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 2000. He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA) and IETE (India), Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

His research interests include microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz receiver systems and radars, and development of space instruments for the search for life beyond Earth.

He has more than 350 publications in international journals and conferences and holds more than twenty patents. He also received more than 35 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He received the IEEE Region-6 Engineer of the Year Award in 2018, Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), India in 2017. He was the recipient of the best journal paper award in 2020 and 2013 by IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, best paper award for antenna design and applications at the European Antennas and Propagation conference (EuCAP) in 2017, and IETE Prof. S. N. Mitra Memorial Award in 2014.


Are We Alone? NASA Technologies to Find Life Beyond Earth and Answers to Other Science Questions

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which completed eighty years of its existence in 2016, builds instruments for NASA missions. Exploring the universe and our own planet Earth from space has been the mission of NASA. Robotics missions such as Voyager, which continues to go beyond our solar system, missions to Mars and other planets, exploring the stars and galaxies for astrophysics missions, exploring and answering the question, “are we alone in this universe?” has been the driving force for NASA scientists for more than six decades.

Fundamental science questions drives the selection of NASA missions. We develop instruments to make measurements that can answer those science questions. In this presentation, we will present an overview of the state of the art instruments that we are currently developing and layout the details of the science questions they will try to answer. Rapid progress on multiple fronts, such as commercial software for component and device modeling, low-loss circuits and interconnect technologies, cell phone technologies, and submicron scale lithographic techniques are making it possible for us to design and develop smart, low-power yet very powerful instruments that can even fit in a SmallSat or CubeSat. We will also discuss the challenges of the future generation instruments in addressing the needs for critical scientific applications.

The research described herein was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, under contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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