Mike Zugger is a senior research engineer at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory, where he is involved in electronic and electro-optical design and testing, astronomical simulation and space systems design and testing.
He was the lead electrical engineer on the NASA Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer's X-ray telescope beginning with the project from pre-proposal work until early orbit in 2005. He was systems engineer for the X-ray Flux Monitor during the JANUS satellite proposal and Phase A Concept Design. He has tested and built a variety of electronic and electro-optic systems including fiber optic equipment and an instrument for studying color vision.
Zugger received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1998 and 2011, respectively, from Penn State.