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What is JCET?

The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) operates under a cooperative agreement between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). JCET meets the common interest of UMBC and GSFC to develop new technology for environmental remote sensing. JCET includes tenured faculty, research faculty, research support staff, students and administrative support staff. Currently there are 12 research faculty members with affiliations to academic departments at UMBC and six UMBC tenured faculty members with a JCET affiliation. There are 21 additional research faculty members and two scientific support staff. Both graduate and undergraduate students work with JCET faculty. JCET’s research focuses on themes which align with NASA’s Earth Science Interests: engineering, mesoscale atmospheric processes, climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, hydrospheric and biospheric sciences, and solar system science including geodesy and geophysics.

A central requirement of JCET is the integration of the faculty into the academic life of the University. The faculty of JCET are expected to teach at least every other year and are active in advising students. JCET faculty are affiliated and teach in Physics, Geography and Environmental Systems, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics/Statistics, and Education. JCET faculty led the formation of UMBC’s Atmospheric Physics Program and are contributing strongly to Geography and Environmental Systems’ new Graduate Program. Graduate students in JCET work both at the UMBC campus and on site at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

JCET faculty are active researchers as well. They are expected to function as Principal Investigators on funded research, to provide scientific leadership for the Center, and to provide service to the scientific community through peer review roles on journals, proposals, and research grants.

As Administrative Director of JCET, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the JCET website. If there is information you do not find on these pages, please feel free to contact me at or 410‑455‑1893.

Danita E. Eichenlaub