National Academy of Engineering Honors JPL Director Charles Elachi

Elachi received the Arthur M. Bueche Award during the academy's annual meeting in Washington on Oct. 16, for his leadership of JPL and for developments in space-borne radar, which gives more detailed surface and subsurface views of Earth, Venus and Titan. 

"This award is deeply meaningful to me, as it comes from an organization that has some of the most outstanding engineers in the country," Elachi said. 

The academy cites Elachi, a member of the organization, for "innovations in planetary remote sensing science and technology, and distinguished leadership in creating government, university and industry partnerships and space technology policies."