David R. Thompson is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he is a Technical Lead in the JPL Imaging Spectroscopy Group. His research advances the algorithms and practice of imaging spectroscopy for characterizing Earth and other planetary bodies. David is Instrument Scientist for NASA’s EMIT mission, NASA’s SBG mission, and NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission. He is Investigation Scientist for NASA’s Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) project. He has received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, the Lew Allen Award for Excellence, and the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal.