Principal Investigator (PI), responsible for overall success of NASA mission and leader of the science team. Analysis and interpretation of microwave radiometry results as applied to Jupiter’s atmosphere and radiation belts. Data analysis of plasma, energetic particle, and radio and plasma wave observations. Oversees and participates in overall Education/Public Outreach (E/PO) program.
EXPERIENCE RELATED TO JUNO
Dr. Scott Bolton has 24 years experience at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), spanning a wide spectrum of management, engineering and scientific positions for planetary missions including Cassini, Galileo, DS-1, Voyager, Magellan, Quasat, Solar Probe, and CRAF. His extensive experience managing multiple science investigations on both Cassini and Galileo provides an excellent background and skill set for his role as the Juno PI.
His experience at JPL spans mission design, instrument design and delivery, mission development, science planning, and science operations.
Dr. Bolton’s management experience includes leading groups of scientists on Galileo, Cassini, his research group at JPL, and management of a team of engineers for Galileo operations.
In 2004 he became the Director of Space Sciences Department at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) where he manages the work of about 90 scientists and engineers.
Dr. Bolton led the concept development for the Juno microwave radiometer experiment and has research expertise in multiple areas relevant to the Juno mission (microwave radio astronomy, radiation belts, magnetospheric physics, and atmospheric science).
Since 1999, Dr. Bolton has served as Chair of the Cassini Titan Orbiter Science Team, responsible for developing the multi-disciplinary investigation of Titan. From 1987-1997, Dr. Bolton managed the JPL and instrument teams associated with the Galileo Magnetospheric Working Group. This group was responsible for the definition of Galileo’s “low rate” mission and the planning and management of the fields and particles payload.
Dr. Bolton served as JPL scientist for the PEPE experiment on DS-1 with responsibility for the successful development of the instrument. From 1980-1986, Dr. Bolton worked in the Mission Design and Mission Planning Groups at JPL on advanced mission concepts.
Dr. Bolton received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from U.C. Berkeley in 1990. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2002; JPL Individual Awards for Exceptional Excellence in Leadership in 2002, 2001, and 1996, and Excellence in Management in 2000; he has also received seven NASA Group Achievement Awards.
Dr. Bolton is Co-Investigator on two Galileo experiments, Plasma Wave Subsystem (PWS) and Plasma Subsystem (PLS), and two Cassini investigations, Cassini Plasma Subsystem (CAPS) and Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument (MIMI). He is also the Investigation Scientist for the Radio and Plasma Wave Subsystem (RPWS).
Dr. Bolton has been Principal Investigator on NASA Space Physics and Planetary Astronomy programs since 1988. He presently leads an international research group focused on modeling Jupiter and Saturn’s radiation belts. He is an author of over 60 scientific papers in the refereed literature.