Chief Systems Engineer
Earth Science & Technology Directorate
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Riley Duren is chief systems engineer for the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He has 22 years experience delivering observational systems for the U.S. and international science community and is a veteran of seven successful satellite missions including earth-mapping radars and space telescopes, for which he received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and System Engineering Excellence Awards. He was chief engineer for the Kepler Mission now conducting a search for earth-size planets around other stars. Within JPL’s Global Change and Energy program, his focus is applying systems engineering techniques to the challenge of global change mitigation and adaptation by connecting earth system scientists with decision-makers in areas such as greenhouse gases/carbon, sea-level/ice, freshwater resources, cloud-climate feedbacks, and natural hazards. Since 2008, he has served as one of the co-organizers of grass-roots collaboration between multiple U.S. agencies and international partners to study existing capabilities, notional requirements, and architectural options for deploying policy-relevant global greenhouse gas monitoring systems.