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As the Laboratory Associate Chief Scientist, Dr. Cinzia Zuffada is a key contributor to the strategic planning of science and technology research and development for JPL and to managing institutional internal R&D investments. Additionally, she oversees a number of programs supporting collaborations between JPL and the academic community as the manager of the University Research Affairs.
For over twenty years, she has led the pioneering Global Navigation Satellite Systems reflectometry technology development at JPL and has played a pivotal role in demonstrating the feasibility of the remote sensing technique for ocean altimetry and land hydrology. She is currently leading a research group to analyze data from the NASA CYGNSS mission to better understand dynamic processes of the terrestrial hydrology.