Nikola Subotic - Co-Director
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
25 years of experience in SAR/EO systems analysis and imaging systems concept development in the areas of automatic target recognition and MASINT algorithms.
Lisa Phillips - Office Manager / FSO
30 years experience in office management in a variety of business settings.
Joseph Burns - Manager of Sensor / Signal Processing Technologies Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
20 years of experience in electromagnetic analysis, image and signal processing in the areas of sleep research, environmental metrics and novel remote sensing concepts.
Robert Shuchman - Co-Director
Ph.D., Oceanic Sciences / Natural Resources
30 years experience in SAR, MS, and photo-imaging applied to oceanography, earth resources, and military coastal environmental assessment.
Greg Leonard - Business and Operations Director
MBA, BS Physics
20 years of experience in EO system design and application of novel imaging concepts to defense and bio-medical problems.
Colin Brooks - Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences
MEM, Resource Ecology
20 years of experience in the application of remote sensing and GIS technologies to the modeling and understanding of environmental processes. Extensive background in the application of decision support systems and geospatial data for solving diverse problems in agricultural systems, Great Lakes ecology, contaminated areas, transportation applications, and ecosystems undergoing land cover change.
Don Atwood - Senior Research Scientist
Over 20 years of experience in remote sensing of the environment. Past work has included development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) navigation systems, photogrammetry, and optical digital image processing. Current focus is on the application of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for land cover classification and extraction of geophysical properties such as biomass. Much of his research has been performed in high latitude polar environments.
Laura Bourgeau-Chavez - Research Scientist
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Ph.D., Forestry and Environmental Management
Over 20 years experience in the application of remote sensing to characterize and measure landscape ecosystems. Her work has focused on SAR and the fusion of SAR and Multispectral data for mapping and monitoring wetlands and monitoring soil moisture for fire danger prediction in boreal regions.
Gary Fahnenstiel - Senior Scientist
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Aquatic Ecology
Dr. Fahnenstiel has over 30 years of experience in Great Lakes limnology research. He is a leading freshwater biologist, with expertise in ecosystem dynamics, invasive species, and phytoplankton ecology. His recent interest includes harmful algal blooms (HABs), and the identification of particular environmental factors that leads to HABs to better help manage and reduce their occurrence.
Nancy French - Senior Research Scientist
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Ph.D., Natural Resources
Over 20 years of experience on the use of remote sensing to ecology and vegetation. Her work has involved studying SAR, MS, and HS image data to characterize spatial and temporal patterns of fire and its impact on carbon cycling.
Jessica McCarty - Research Scientist
Ph.D., Geography and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Technology
Over 10 years of experience in the application of remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial modeling for agriculture and food security, natural resource management and planning, land cover and land use change, regional fire and burned area mapping, quantifying carbon and other emissions related to air quality from vegetative biomass burning, modeling spread of future cropland and wildland fire across landscapes under climate change scenarios, and data mining. Research areas include North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eurasia (emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe).
David Millie - Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Botany, Aquatic Plant Biology-Phycology; MS Aquatic Biology and Phycology, BS Biology and Chemistry
25+ years experience in Algal Quantitative & Physiological Ecology, Marine & Freshwater Biology, and Cell Biochemical Regulation. Recent work addresses the linkages among anthropogenically-derived stressors, water quality, and the regulation of harmful algal blooms. Currently implementing cutting-edge statistical methodologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, decision/model trees, non-parametric analyses) to model the relationships among ecological quantifiers and biota. Expertise in photopigment-based characterization of algal populations and associated physiological rate processes.
Christopher Roussi - Senior Research Scientist / Engineer
MS, Electrical Engineering
25 years of experience in SAR signal processing, target recognition, design of instrumentation radars and real-time signal processors for radar fingerprinting.
David Schwab - Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Oceanic Science
Dr. Schwab is an expert on hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions with over 40 years of experience. His work covers a wide range of topics in geophysical fluid dynamics including theoretical, numerical, and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges, wind waves, and air-sea interaction. Schwab's current interests are applications of hydrodynamic modeling to water quality problems, including transport of bacteria from tributary sources to swimming beaches and predictive tracking of algal blooms.
Mark Stuff - Senior Research Scientist
Over 20 years of applied mathematics and statistics to various remote sensing problems, most notably in focusing moving objects in SAR data that are undergoing non-trivial motions.
Brian Thelen - Senior Research Scientist
Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D., Statistics and Probability
25 years of experience in statistical image and signal processing for conventional/unconventional imaging systems and in algorithmic solutions for inverse problems. Extensive experience in application and implementation of cutting-edge statistical and mathematical methodologies for inverting and exploiting data collected from sensing systems.
BS, Wildlife Ecology and Management
Assistant research scientist with experience in environmental remote sensing, specifically wetland ecology and mapping invasive species, as well as GIS applications and field data collection. Interested in river management and landscape restoration utilizing GIS modeling and data acquisitions through remote sensing.
BS, Earth Science
Assistant Research Scientist with experience in using GIS and remote sensing for environmental analyses. Current research interests include incorporating GIS into modeling the growth and emissions of historic and potential wildfires, the mapping of rangeland and cropland fires, and assessing road conditions.
Assistant Research Scientist with experience in geospatial analysis and remote sensing. Current interests include wetland mapping methodologies, conceptual models of environmental phenomena, and K-12 remote sensing education.
MS, Natural Resources; BA, Biology
Research Scientist with interest/experience in the development of GIS-based products for wetland/forest management, modeling carbon dioxide emissions from forest fires, integrating classification methods for improved distinction among specific crop types, and wetland and forest field data collection.
MS, Engineering Physics
Senior scientist with 15 years experience in the fields of signal processing, sensor characterization, performance prediction and machine inference.
BA, Geography; MA, Geography with concentration in GIS and Remote Sensing
Geographer with interests in applying Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing analysis to Great Lakes, Land Use Land Cover, Environmental and Transportation issues. Other interests include air photo interpretation and using remote sensing and geospatial analysis for emergency management planning and response.
BS, Earth Science
Research Associate with an interest in using GIS and remote sensing to solve environmental and geological issues. Field experience includes the use of ASD Spectroradiometer, groundwater monitoring wells and water quality measuring devices.
MS, Environmental Science; BS, Biology
Assistant Research Scientist with interest in applying GIS and remote sensing techniques to environmental problems. Current research interests include using optical and SAR data to map wetland ecosystems.
K. Arthur Endsley
Geophysicist with experience in subsurface surveys, waveform processing, geospatial analysis, remote sensing and web development; interested in applying geophysics to a wide variety of field investigations as well as building analytical models of physical processes.
MS, Computer Science
Mr. Garbarino has over 30 years of experience working with computers in all aspects, and applying those computers to scientific problems, with an emphasis on signal processing, sensor phenomenology, and image exploitation. Much of this work has been in the areas of algorithm and GUI design and implementation. He has acted as both technical and program lead on multiple efforts. He has extensive operating system experience, particularly in Unix/Linux, and has acted as group leader for a computer and network support group.
MS, Natural Resources and Environment; BA, Environmental Biology/Zoology
Spatial ecologist interested in applying remote sensing and spatial analysis techniques to complex environmental questions. Current research interests include mapping aquatic vegetation with satellite remote sensing and the use of full-waveform lidar data for sensing multidimensional forest structure.
BS, Electrical Engineering
Recent Michigan Tech graduate interested in applying embedded sensors to remote sensing problems.
MS, Biomedical Engineering; BS, Electrical Engineering
5 years of experience in environmental remote sensing algorithms, GIS software programming, environmental instrumentation design, and microfabrication design.
Liza Jenkins, CMS
Ph.D. Pre-candidate; MS and BS, Natural Resource Management
Over 10 years of experience in satellite remote sensing and spatial data analysis. Research interests include the fusion of electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar data, innovative field data collection schemes and sensors, temporal monitoring and detection of landscape change, and big data analysis for natural resource applications. Her work has focused on Arctic and boreal systems in the domains of fires, lakes, peatlands, wetlands, and glaciers.
MS, Environmental Science, BS, Earth Science
Assistant Research Scientist focused in GIS and remote sensing applications of the Great Lakes watersheds. Water quality issues of interest include open lake water quality, sediment transport in coastal areas, watershed analysis and stream flow dynamics.
MS, Electrical Engineering; BS, Engineering Physics; BS, Electrical Engineering
12 years experience in optical signal processing and non-contact diagnostics, machine vision & image processing, and EM phenomenology. Interest in applications of GIS, astronomy, neuroscience, and AI.
MS, Conservation Biology
Behavioral ecologist with interest and experience in field biology; additional interests in the use of GIS and remote sensing to observe patterns of species occurrences and interactions, with special concern for the conservation of biodiversity.
Ph.D. Candidate, Statistical Signal Processing
10 years of experience in statistical signal processing. Research interests include information theoretic approaches to inverse imaging, and computational techniques for solving large inverse problems.
Ph.D., Applied & Interdisciplinary Mathematics
Applied mathematician with interests in inverse problems, partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, and optimization. Particular emphasis on applications in signal processing, image processing, and ocean-wave estimation.
Mary E Miller
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering; MS Imaging Science; BA Physics
Primary research interest is utilizing remotely derived image data in physically based environmental models. Strong interest in fire science especially fire effects and mitigation. Recent projects include the development of a physical model of post-fire dry ravel, reducing noise in LiDAR waveforms for determining forest biometrics and prioritizing fuel reduction treatments.
Ph.D., Forestry - Resource Inventory
Chuck is a registered forester (MI) and a certified photogrammetrist with more than 50 years experience, both civilian and military, in the interpretation and analysis of all types of remotely sensed imagery, and 40 years experience teaching remote sensing and GIS.
MS, Geographic Information Systems; BS, Geography-GIS
Analyst with experience in hyperspectral and lidar remote sensing of Great Lakes wetlands; using remote sensing principals and general/statistical programming for image analysis; and in-situ experience with the collecting and processing of spectral signature data.
MS, Computer Science
Computer Scientist working with Remote Sensing/GIS programming, web development, and database management. Also interested in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics, and Computer Vision.
MS, Geographic Information Systems; BS, Geography
Analyst interested in high resolution hyperspectral remote sensing of Great Lakes wetlands, integrating GIS, remote sensing and statistical programming software for image processing, general geospatial programming solutions, and spectral signature field data collection and processing.
Ph.D., Applied Physics
Area of expertise is penalized-likelihood estimation for image reconstruction. Additional research interests are: (1) information-theoretic approaches to electro-optic sensor design, and (2) statistical optics.
Lin van Nieuwstadt
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Senior research scientist with 20 years experience in remote sensing hardware, microwave circuitry, and system engineering. Research interests microwave breast cancer imaging and remote sensing systems development.
MS, Physics; BS, Electrical Engineering
Research Scientist/Engineer with experience in physics based modeling, electromagnetic analysis, and signal and image processing techniques with applications in remote sensing and imaging systems.
BS, Computer Science
15 years plus as a software engineer and systems administrator. Programming experience include C, C++, Fortran, Python, ASP.NET, and various other languages and has maintained various flavors of Windows and Unix/Linux systems.
BS, Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management
Over 14 years experience with GIS analysis, field data collection with a focus on water quality and terrestrial environments, outreach and web design, international conference management, workshop, focus group, and technical advisory group coordination, and database management.
MS, Biomedical Engineering; MSE Electrical Engineering, BSE Electrical Engineering
Analyst with five years experience in radar communications, signal and image processing, and RF experiment design and implementation. Academic experience in computer architecture and microprocessor design.
MS, Information System Security; BS, Computer Information Systems Management
19 years of experience in Computer and Network operations. For the past 15 years has managed a wide variety of network environments, primarily in the classified environment, including day-to-day maintenance of user and e-mail accounts, discretionary access controls, system folder maintenance, software upgrades, server and desktop support, configuration management, and maintenance.
AA, Liberal Arts
Over 15 years experience in the coordination, planning, and support of daily operational and administrative functions.
BS, Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management
Over 15 years experience with GIS analysis, field data collection with a focus on water quality and terrestrial environments, outreach and web design, international conference management, workshop, focus group, and technical advisory group coordination, and database management.
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