Dr. Namir E. Kassim received his B.Sc. from MIT in 1980 in physics, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1987 in astronomy. His thesis research was a survey of our Milky Way Galaxy at a wavelength of 10 meters under the supervision of low frequency radio pioneer Professor William C. Erickson. His scientific interests include low frequency radio astrophysics, large HF/VHF arrays, and HF/VHF Adaptive Optics. He has authored over 100 refereed journal articles in low frequency astronomy, several books and book chapters, and numerous conference proceedings.
Dr. Kassim is a pioneer in the resurgent field of low frequency radio interferometry, and has served as project scientist for the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) in Europe, and is currently the project scientist for the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) under development in New Mexico. He also serves as Chief Scientist for the LWA1 Radio Observatory, led by the University of New Mexico. He currently works in the Remote Sensing Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC and is Head of the Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section.