Dr. John Curlander
Internationally recognized for his work in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and data processing, Dr. John C. Curlander is the General Manager for Microsoft's Public Sector Product Group, a newly established division within Microsoft with the charter to develop products and related services designed specifically for public sector customers.
This group complements Microsoft's
nearly 20,000 person public sector services team to provide comprehensive information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities that meet the demanding requirements of the public sector.
From 1980 to 1992, Dr. Curlander
worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he
became responsible for all SAR ground system activities including SAR signal processing research and development, and radar science applications.
research efforts have led to many of the operational techniques currently used in today's SAR processors and has received numerous awards for his
contributions from organizations that include NASA and IEEE
In 1992, Curlander
accepted the position of President and CEO of Vexcel Corporation
in Boulder, Colorado.
In this role, he
led the company to significant growth with an increasing emphasis on satellite ground systems, photogrammetry and radar signal processing.
The innovative technologies developed at Vexcel
leadership led to the acquisition of the company by Microsoft
, a deal which was finalized in May of 2006.
Following the acquisition of Vexcel Corporation by Microsoft in May, 2006, Dr. Curlander served as General Manager of what is now known as Microsoft Boulder.
In this role, Dr. Curlander oversaw the business unit to ensure best execution of the vision that Microsoft has for the group's role in the success of Virtual Earth.
Dr. Curlander received the B.S.E.E. (with honors) and M.S.E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO in 1976 and 1977, respectively.
He received an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree jointly in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1980 and 1985, respectively.