Joseph G. McMichael

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Radar Science & Engineering Section,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
M/S 300-331
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (818) 354-4321
Email: joseph.g.mcmichael [@]

Photo on right: Performing planetary radar tracks at Goldstone Deep Space Communcations Complex, April 2015.

Brief Biography

Joe McMichael is a member of the Radar Algorithms and Processing Group (334D) at JPL. He develops advanced signal processing algorithms in support of planetary and earth-observing spacecraft radar. Since joining JPL in 2014, Joe has supported missions including the MARSIS ground-penetrating radar at Mars, the Goldstone Solar System Radar (GSSR), and the TOPEX ocean altimeter.

Prior to joining JPL, Joe was a member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques Group. He has taught lectures on SAR and radar detection theory for MIT Professional Education. Joe received a S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 and a B.S. from Seattle University in 2009, both in electrical engineering.

Recent Work

  • (Jun 10, 2015) Attended the “Future of Planetary Radio Astronomy” Workshop at Green Bank Telescope, WV.

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Link to presentation, “Development of Long-Code Capability at Goldstone and Initial Results for NEA (357439) 2004 BL86, Venus, and Galilean Satellites”

Curriculum Vitae

My CV is available here.


A list of my publications is available here. My research interests include:

  • Digital signal processing

  • Radar beamforming and waveform design

  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)

  • Wireless communication

Professional Experience

  • 2014 - present: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Radar Algorithms and Processing Group

  • 2011 - 2014: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques Group

  • 2013 - 2014: MIT Professional Education, Synthetic Aperture Radar and Detection Theory Instructor

  • 2010 - 2011: Bose Advanced Development, Active Noise Cancellation Intern

  • 2008: Boeing Phantom Works, Math and Computing Technology Intern

  • 2007: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Microelectronics and Signal Processing Intern


  • J.G. McMichael. “Timing Offset and Quantization Error Trade-off in Interleaved Multi-Channel Measurements.” S.M. Thesis. MIT, Cambridge, MA, May 2011. (pdf)

  • “Quantization Error in Time-Interleaved ADCs” - MIT EECS Masterworks (pdf)


  • S.M. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 (advisor: Prof. Alan Oppenheim)

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Seattle University, 2009