Dr. Steffes received the S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA in 1977, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, CA, in 1982. His doctoral research at Stanford University concentrated on microwave radio occultation experiments using the Voyager and Mariner spacecraft, with specific interest in microwave absorption in planetary atmospheres.
In 1982, Dr. Steffes joined the faculty of Georgia Tech and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on microwave and millimeter-wave remote sensing and radio astronomy and has been sponsored by NASA, the NSF, the SETI Institute and by industry. He has been involved with numerous NASA missions, including Pioneer-Venus, Magellan, the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), the High Resolution Microwave Survey (HRMS), and Juno (Jupiter Polar Orbiter).
- Microwave systems for remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and surfaces
- Laboratory measurements of the microwave and millimeter-wave properties of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres
- Radio Astronomy
- Satellite Communications and Navigation Systems
- Radio spectrum Allocation and Usage
- Non-invasive monitoring of glucose in the human body
- IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award for Space Engineering
- NASA Group Achievement Award (1993)
- Distinguished Reviewer, ICARUS (International Journal of Solar System Exploration)
- Metro Atlanta Young Engineer of the Year (Society of Professional Engineers)
- Chair, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Radio Frequencies
- Fellow of the IEEE, "for contributions to the understanding of planetary atmospheres."
- Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies
- ECE Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
K. Devaraj and P.G. Steffes, "The Georgia Tech Millimeter-Wavelength Measurement System and Some Applications to the Study of Planetary Atmospheres" Radio Science, 2011. (doi:10.1029/2010RS004433)
B.M. Karpowicz and P.G. Steffes, "In Search of Water Vapor on Jupiter: Laboratory Measurements of the Microwave Properties of Water Vapor under Simulated Jovian Conditions," Icarus, vol. 212, pp. 210-223, March 2011.
K. Devaraj, P.G. Steffes, and B.M. Karpowicz, "Reconciling the Centimeter and Millimeter-Wavelength Ammonia Absorption Spectra under Jovian Conditions: Extensive Millimeter-Wavelength Measurements and a Consistent Model," Icarus, vol. 212, pp. 224-235, March 2011.
W.C. Barott, M.A. Ingram, and P.G. Steffes, "Scan Loss Pattern Synthesis for Single- and Multi-satellite Tracking LEO Ground Stations That Use Adaptive Arrays," IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 46, pp. 1140-1152, July 2010.
T. R. Hanley and P.G. Steffes, "A High-Sensitivity Laboratory System for Measuring the Microwave Properties of Gases under Simulated Conditions for Planetary Atmospheres," Radio Science, vol 42, no. RS6010, pp.1-12, November-December 2007.
Last revised August 31, 2020