Michael J. Kavaya has worked on coherent-detection pulsed lidar for over 30 years, with an emphasis on wind measurement. He received a PhD in EE from Caltech. He began his career at NASA/JPL with a -coherent lidar studying aerosol backscatter. He developed a technique to calibrate the lidar’s measured aerosol backscatter coefficient using a calibrated hard target. He then joined Coherent Technologies, Inc., and developed the first solid-state coherent Doppler wind lidar at 1 micron and the first eyesafe version at 2 microns. He then joined NASA/MSFC to work on measuring winds from space with a -coherent lidar, later transferring to NASA/LaRC to continue pursuing the space wind mission using LaRC’s record-high-energy, 2-micron laser. At LaRC, he has advanced the space mission through leading technology advancement, compact packaging, theory, parameter tradeoff studies, space mission computer simulation, aircraft instrument development and flight, space mission designs, and mission education and advocacy.