Xi Shao received his B.S. degree in space physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China in 1996, his Ph.D. degree in astronomy in 2001, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering with microelectronics major in 2004, both from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
He is currently an Associate Research Scientist at CISESS/ESSIC and Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland. He has authored/co-authored over 60 scientific journal publications in various areas. He supports radiometric calibration and validation work for Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument and Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R mission. He is experienced in antenna design for various RF communication applications. He also works on various plasma physics-related projects such as space weather modeling and prediction, satellite protection through radiation belt remediation, ionosphere heating experiment and modeling, and laser proton accelerator design.