Display Name: 
Mike Zugger
Title 1: 
Senior Research Engineer
Department 1: 
Applied Research Laboratory



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.


Home Institution: 
Pennsylvania State University
Last Name: 
VPL Research Tasks: 
Task A: Earth as an Exoplanet
Task E: The Observer
Research Expertise: 
radiative transfer, polarization