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Civil Program

The Civil Program Office works with civilian government agencies to provide world-class JPL scientific and technology expertise to solve problems of national significance. We work with government customers on critical projects to address complex science issues in emerging environmental challenges, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and water resource management. We provide NASA technologies to help our nation to protect homeland security with better search and rescue technologies for natural disasters victims, advanced screening technologies for securing air transportations, and revolutionary technologies to locate and protect first responders. We also apply our unique expertise in oil, natural gas, and alternative fuel technology areas to answer the hard questions in energy generation, storage, distribution, and security management for our nation.

The Civil Program Office works with a wide range of government agencies in different sectors. In the climate and environment sector, we work with Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, and US Agency for International Development. We also work with State of California and many western states on water resource issues. In the energy and transportation sector, we work with Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. In the homeland security sector, we work with Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of Agriculture US Forest Service. In the health sector, we work with Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Edward Chow

Edward Chow

Manager (818) 393-3854

Dr. Edward Chow is the Manager of the Civil Program Office at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He is responsible for the program success for a number of projects with civil agencies and many advanced IT technology development projects. Dr. Chow has been serving as the JPL Program Manager for Department of Homeland Security where he successfully developed the JPL DHS business from the ground up. Dr. Chow has over twenty five years of experience in networking, security, and artificial intelligence technology development. He led the development of the NASA Secured Advanced Federated Environment project with dynamic virtual enclaves across six NASA centers. He was the NASA agency-wide leader of the NASA Collaborative Engineering Environment (CEE) where his team developed and deployed the CEE environment in all 10 NASA centers. He also led the development of the world-wide network video implementations for the NASA Deep Space Network. Dr. Chow served as a Research Associate Professor at University of Southern California where he taught graduate level classes for five years. Dr. Chow received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California in 1988. He is the recipient of the prestigious NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and the JPL Lew Allen Award.