David Long of Brigham Young University's electrical and computer engineering de-partment has accepted an appointment to the NASA Scatterometer Science Working Team.

The team designs equipment for Earth-orbiting satellites to measure wind patterns over the world's oceans. Meteorologists use the observations to predict weather trends.L.A. Fisk of NASA, who announced the appointment, said, "I wish to congratulate you on the confirmation of your NASA scatterometer proposal. I want to thank you for your loyalty, dedication and advocacy of scatterometry through the trying years of the late 1980s."

In the assignment, Long will design equipment to be launched on the Japanese advanced Earth-observing satellite in 1995.

Long, an expert in the field of scatterometry, began his work in this area at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. He joined the BYU faculty in 1990 and recently received a $100,000 research grant to continue his efforts in scatterometry.