MIRSL Reunion: Columbus Day Weekend 2014

Announcing a MIRSL reunion "The First Ten Years"  this October 12, 2014.  Please join us!  Tentative agenda is MIRSL tour, meet and greet with current students, and lunch around noon, afternoon softball game, dinner at Bub's BBQ, and ...  We hope to see many, or at least a few, graduates from the 80's and 90's, but all MIRSL alumni are welcome.  See the Facebook page for

Phased-array Weather Radar Deployed in Texas

  MIRSL students Krzsystof Orzel and Izzy Masiunas have deployed the first X-band phased-array weather radar atop an engineering bulding on the campus of the University of Texas, Arlington.  This radar is currently operating from this vantage point until June to observe severe weather concurrent with ongoing operations of CASA's Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Network.  Comparisons of the phased-array's measure

Moble X-band radar deployed to Dallas/Ft Worth for tornado season

 MIRSL's X-band polarimetric mobile Doppler radar, X-Pol, has been deployed to the Dallas/Ft Worth area to serve as a temporary node in CASA's Dallas/Ft Worth Urban Testbed. It is deployed at the site of a future CASA radar to be installed in June 2014. In the interim, the X-Pol radar will provide needed coverage of the western sector of the network as several major events are planned in the Dallas Ft Worth Area, including the NCAA Final Four, during the Spring 2014 tornado season.

Congratulations to Rafael Medina

Congratulations go to Dr. Rafael Medina who successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Beam Steering Control System for Low Cost Phased Array Weather Radars:  Design and Calibration Techniques" on December 10, 2013.  We wish him best of luck in his new career, and best wishes to all for a Happy Holiday.

Yang Lei's poster a winner

Congratulations to MIRSL student Yang Lei who won Second Prize in the 2013 ECE Departmental PhD Poster Session held on Friday October 18th.  Yang's poster was entitled "Forest Stand Height Inversion using Spaceborne Repeat-pass L-band  INSAR Correlation."  Yang is pursuing his PhD under the supervsion of Prof. Paul Siqueira.  Nice work!

Another win at AMS Radar Meteorology Conference

Congratulations to Rob Palumbo who won the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 36th AMS Conference on Radar Meteorology held in Breckenridge, Colorado 16-20 September 2013.  Rob's paper was entitled "Polarimetric Observations of Prescribed Bushfires in South Australia using an X-band Phased Array Radar" and was co-authored by W. Al-Ashwal, D. Gray, S.J. Frasier, D.J. McLaughlin, E.J. Knapp, B. Ferguson, and C.P.

MIRSL graduate caught on camera at JPL visit

MIRSL graduate Dragana Perkovic-Martin (Ph.D. 2008) was recently photographed during a vist by NASA administrator Charles Bolden to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA to learn about upcoming Earth-observing missions.  Dragana is working on the RapidScat mission which will attach a radar to the International Space Station for monitoring global ocean surface winds. 

Phased-array weather radar completes deployment in Australia

MIRSL student Rob Palumbo has recently completed the deployment of a Raytheon/First-RF Phase-Tilt Weather Radar to Australia.  Hosted by the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Rob and the phased-array observed numerous targets including weather, aircraft, bushfires, wind farms, ships, and sea clutter.  Results from these observations are being presented in upcoming conferen

Prof. Parente and students present at WHISPERS 2013

Professor Mario Parente and students Neda Rohani and Arun Saranathan presented three papers at the 5th Workshop on Hyperspectral Imaging and Signal Processing - Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), June 25-28, 2013 in Gainesville, FL.  They include "Graph-based Identification of Boundary Points for Anomaly Detection" by Rohani and Parente, "Threshold-based Segmentation Method for Hyperspectral Images" by Saranathan and Parente and "A New Semantic Wavelet-Based Spectral Representation," co-autho

Congratulations to recent Ph.D. graduates

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Venkatesh and Dr. Jorge Trabal, who successfully defended their dissertations this winter and spring.  Vijay will be joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory supporting the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) Program climate research facilities, while Jorge will be joining Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  We wish them both the best of luck in their new careers.


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