Shawn Goodman is an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He currently serves as the Deputy Division Manager for the Mechanical Systems Fabrication and Test Division. Additionally, he is the Project System Engineer and Engineering Technical Authority for the agency’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission. SMAP is the first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. Its high resolution space-based measurements will give scientists a new capability to better predict natural hazards of extreme weather, climate change, floods and droughts and improve our understanding of Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles.