Shailendra Kumar is Director of Engineering for Environment and Energy at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, in the Washington D.C. area. He is responsible for program management, strategic planning and customer development for decision support systems and services that will enable government organizations, regional planners and various stakeholders to assess the impact of climate change in key areas such as energy and water, and to make mitigation and adaptation decisions based on validated scientific data. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Dr. Kumar had over twenty-five years of science and industry experience at NASA-JPL, AT&T Bell Labs, Kitt Peak National Observatory, NEC Electronics, LSI Logic, and various Silicon Valley start-ups in executive and management roles involving cutting edge technology development, raising capital, building customer alliances, marketing, and business development. His science and technology experience includes state-of-the art remote sensing instrumentation for space research, atmospheric modeling, system-on-a-chip products and information systems for telecommunications networks. Dr. Kumar conducted several rocket experiments for studying earth's atmosphere and was a co-investigator on NASA's planetary exploration missions including Voyager, Mariner 10, and Pioneer Venus. In addition, Dr. Kumar has played leadership roles in various telecom industry forums including the ATM Forum, the DSL Forum, and Optical Internetworking Forum. He currently chairs the Climate and Energy Cluster in the Federation for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). He holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA degree from Columbia University.