Space Dynamics Laboratory welcomes USU alum as new director

Karen Wolfe
Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory
September 8, 2008
Dr. Douglas Lemon

North Logan, UT—The Utah State University Research Foundation announced today that Dr. Douglas Lemon has been selected as the Space Dynamics Laboratory’s new director, replacing Mike Pavich who is retiring after 5 years of dedicated service.

“The university is extremely pleased that Dr. Lemon has taken on the challenge of leading the Space Dynamics Laboratory in the midst of robust growth,” said USU President Stan Albrecht.  “Coupled with a deep affection for this university and the community, Dr. Lemon brings decades of scientific and technical vision which positions SDL to continue its impressive record of providing engineering solutions to problems of national significance.”

Lemon holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from USU and was awarded the university’s coveted Robins Award in 1974.  Lemon’s career spans nearly 30 years in various roles at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Washington state.  Since 2007, he has acted as PNNL’s Director of Laboratory Strategy responsible for creating an institutional strategy, identifying emerging trends and opportunities, and overseeing the laboratory’s R&D initiatives. 

Lemon also served as CEO of Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Inc., a PNNL technology spin-out company.  As SDL looks into the future through its strategic plan, it aims to identify technologies that have the potential of development into for-profit companies.

Lemon looks forward to returning to the valley and the challenges that await him at SDL.  "I am honored to be selected to lead SDL into its next period of growth and accomplishment” said Lemon of his new role. “The nation faces many challenges such as understanding climate change, developing new sources of energy, and continuing to provide national and homeland security. SDL can contribute significantly to the needed solutions through its outstanding people and unique facilities. I am looking forward to returning to Cache Valley where I grew up and to Utah State University where my career in science and technology began."

Lemon’s first day at the Lab will be October 20.

The Space Dynamics Laboratory of North Logan, Utah is a nonprofit research corporation owned by Utah State University. SDL has designed, fabricated and operated nearly 500 payloads, including shuttle experiments, small satellites and satellite-based sensor systems. Core competencies include infrared and hyperspectral sensor development, data compression and processing, cryogenic systems and sensor calibration.