How to map the Earth, or what was the Shuttle for anyway?

The IEEE Los Angeles Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter Present a Special Lecture Event!

How to map the Earth, or what was the Shuttle for anyway?

Dr. Michael Kobrick
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30–7:30 PM

Arms Laboratory, Sharp Lecture Hall
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: Remember when the world was flat? Not any more.  In February, 2000 NASA sent six astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day mission to gather data for the first complete three-dimensional global elevation map of Earth.

The 12 terabytes of raw radar data they collected has been processed into a near-global digital elevation model with 30 meter sampling and vertical accuracy exceeding all the usual standards. The elevation information is easily the most popular and frequently downloaded data set at the land processes distribution archive, and after combining with data from other missions will form the soon to be released NASADem, a single-stop-shopping source for the best (and free!) global digital elevation data available.

Mike will describe what the Space Shuttle was originally intended for, how it evolved, and how a single good idea can turn into a mission that NASA Headquarters has called the single most important accomplishment of the Space Shuttle program.

About the Speaker: Dr. Michael Kobrick is the Project Scientist for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds degrees from several well-meaning institutions of higher learning, including a doctorate from UCLA in Planetary and Space Physics, and for 44 years at JPL has specialized in radar remote sensing of the Earth and planets.

Before conceiving the SRTM mission he was a Principal Investigator on numerous spaceborne radar experiments dating back to the Apollo program. He served as Science Manager for the Magellan mission to map Venus with radar, and has several thousand exciting flight hours on NASA’S DC-8 research aircraft using JPL’s airborne imaging radar system. His current research interests center on the derivation of digital topographic data from interferometric radar sensors and their geoscientific applications.

Directions and Parking: Parking on the Caltech campus is accessible from Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Avenue. Parking is free after 5 pm. Arms Lab location: http://www.caltech.edu/map/charles-arms-laboratory-of-the-geological-sciences

Reservation: Please RSVP with your IEEE membership # to la-grss-officers@ieee.org. You are welcome to bring your spouse as a guest. Non-members can go to www.ieee.org/join, then send your membership number.

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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Infrared Sources and Detectors for Deep-Space Science

The IEEE Los Angeles Photonics and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapters in Los Angeles Present a Special Lecture Event!

Infrared Sources and Detectors for Deep-Space Science

Dr. Ryan M. Briggs
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thursday, August 3, 2017
5:30–7:30 PM

Moore Laboratory of Engineering, Room B270
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: This presentation will describe recent progress in two technology areas relevant to space science: mid-infrared lasers for molecular spectroscopy and superconducting single-photon detectors for optical communication. We have designed and fabricated distributed-feedback quantum cascade lasers for targeted detection of compounds in planetary atmospheres using in situ infrared laser absorption spectroscopy techniques. The lasers are designed for use in low-power instruments; therefore, emphasis is placed on minimizing laser operating current and reducing thermal dissipation to ~1 W. Device performance will be discussed for lasers emitting in the 4 to 10 μm wavelength range.

In order to increase communication bandwidth beyond the limits of existing radio-frequency links, NASA continues to support the development of optical communication transceivers for testing on the next generation of planetary science missions. To resolve signals transmitted from spacecraft several astronomical units away from Earth, we have developed superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors for a ground receiver at 1550 nm wavelength. The principle of operation and fabrication techniques for the detectors will be presented, and performance will be discussed for multi-pixel detector arrays developed for the first deep-space optical communication demonstrations.

About the Speaker: Ryan Briggs received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines and his PhD in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Microdevices Laboratory at JPL in 2011. Dr. Briggs has expertise in design and fabrication of integrated photonic devices, antimonide-based interband lasers, quantum cascade lasers, and optoelectronic device packaging. He is currently Principal Investigator for “Low-Power Long- Wavelength Infrared Sources for Tunable Laser Spectrometers on New Frontiers and Discovery Missions,” under the NASA Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations Program.

Directions and Parking: Parking on the Caltech campus is accessible from Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Avenue. Parking is free after 5 pm. Moore Lab location: http://www.caltech.edu/map/the-gordon-and-betty-moore-laboratory-of-engineering

Reservation: Please RSVP with your IEEE membership # to dzt_ieee@outlook.com. You are welcome to bring your spouse as a guest. Non-members can go to www.ieee.org/join, then send your membership number.

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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2017 GRSS Summer School + Young Professional Event

Join us for the 2017 GRSS Summer School + Young Professional event from July 19- 21, 2017 in Arlington, Texas!  The young professional event is organized by MLA GRSS Chapter!

An elevator pitch can be one of the simplest yet most powerful tools for a researcher to network effectively with other researchers or to get your message heard by management. An elevator pitch should be short, clear, conversational, and intelligible to both non-researchers and researchers not in your niche area. It should: define who you are, describe what your research does, identify your target customers, and explain what’s unique about your research. But simply being able to craft “short” messages is not enough, it should be catered to the person you are pitching the idea to and allow them to understand and appreciate the impact and value of our research. More importantly, it’s not a sales pitch, rather an opportunity to make a good impression that will lead to a deeper dialogue about what you and your research can offer.

At this year’s GRSS Summer School (Wed-Fri, July 19-21) come and learn more about remote sensing theory and practical applications by learning from world-renowned leaders in the field. At the Young Professionals event (Fri afternoon, July 21), hone your elevator pitch skills in small teams while networking with other students, young professionals, and summer school lecturers. Each team will make their best pitch during the Networking Dinner on Friday evening in front of their fellow participants and select members of the IEEE GRSS Administrative Committee. A prize (and honor & glory) awaits the best pitch!

For more information and to register, check out the website!

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The IEEE Los Angeles Photonics and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapters Present a Special Lecture Event!

The IEEE Los Angeles Photonics and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapters in Los Angeles Present a Special Lecture Event!

UV Detectors and Imaging Arrays

Dr. Micheal Hoenk
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
5:30–7:30 PM

2475 E Huntington Dr
San Marino, California

About the Talk: Surface passivation has been a challenge for silicon devices from the beginning, having played a critical role in the development of field-effect transistors and VLSI circuits. Early efforts to develop back-illuminated silicon detectors for ultraviolet astronomy were fraught with surface passivation problems. After discovering a critical problem with detectors in Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide-Field Planetary Camera, researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) pioneered several approaches to the passivation of silicon detectors, including the use of molecular beam epitaxy to grow a surface passivation layer on back-illuminated CCDs. Uniquely among all methods previously explored, delta-doped CCDs achieved nearly 100% internal quantum efficiency and exceptional stability. Several challenges remained in development of these detectors for spaceflight. With the recent development of wafer-scale bonding and thinning technologies, and following JPL’s acquisition and development of 200mm silicon molecular beam epitaxy equipment and processes, these challenges have now been solved. We are currently fabricating delta-doped and superlattice-doped CCDs and CMOS imaging detectors at full wafer scale, and we are exploring a variety of different silicon detectors, including technologies for imaging x-rays on nanosecond timescales, scintillation detectors for detecting gamma rays with sub-nanosecond resolution, and single photon counting detectors for astronomy and astrophysics.

About the Speaker: Dr. Michael Hoenk is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in JPL’s Flight Instrument Detectors & Systems Group. Dr. Hoenk co-invented, developed and demonstrated the first delta-doped CCD, which provided stable surface passivation and nearly 100% internal quantum efficiency. His recent invention and development of superlattice-doped imaging detectors solved an important problem in radiation-induced surface degradation in deep ultraviolet semiconductor metrology systems. He is currently the Lead and Product Development Manager for the OCO-3 Context Cameras, and serves as Focal Planes and Detectors Chair for Team X Instruments studies. Dr. Hoenk is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including JPL’s Lew Allen Award of Excellence and NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Award.

Directions and Parking: One block west of San Marino High School on the north side of Huntington Drive. Masters Realty Meeting Room. Free street parking.

Reservation: RSVP with your IEEE membership # to dzt_ieee@outlook.com. You are welcomed to bring your spouse as a guest. Nonmembers can go to www.ieee.org/join, then send your membership number with your request.

Please see the event flyer for agenda and other details.

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Future of Space-Based Millimeter-Wave Radiometry

Special Panel Event at the Northrop Grumman Azusa Campus sponsored by Northrop Grumman and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles!

Future of  Space-Based Millimeter-Wave Radiometry

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:00–7:00 PM

Northrop Grumman Campus
Azusa, California

Panel Members

  • Dr. Chris Ruf, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and IEEE GRSS Distinguished Lecturer
  • Dr. Shannon Brown, Senior Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA
  • Mr. Jeff Hawkins, Independent Contractor at Northrop Grumman and retired Meteorologist and Oceanographer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA

RSVP:  To attend, please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Bzez1rvf5G8R454z2 by Thursday, April 20th. It is pertinent that you RSVP by Thursday, April 20th so that an accurate Northrop Grumman visitor list can be generated allowing a seamless security check-in process.

Directions:  Northrop Grumman is easily accessible from the 210 freeway with entrances and exits just east of campus off Vernon Avenue. Please see the Northrop Grumman Visitor’s Guide for detailed directions.

Parking:  Parking is available outside the Building 59, Executive Lobby on Hollyvale Street (as indicated on map). Additionally, there is an overflow parking lot just southeast of Bldg. 59, off 3rd street. Parking is free and unlimited.

Check-in:  Check-in will be located in Northrop Grumman’s Building 59, Executive Lobby from 5:00pm-5:45pm. Northrop Grumman is a closed campus and all visitors are required to furnish proof of identification prior to entering the campus.

Please see the flyer for more information.

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Northrop Grumman and IEEE GRSS Panel Discussion

Save the Date for a Special Panel Event at the Northrop Grumman Azusa Campus sponsored by Northrop Grumman and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles!

Future of  Space-Based Millimeter-Wave Radiometry

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:00–7:00 PM

Northrop Grumman Campus
Azusa, California

Panel Members

  • Dr. Chris Ruf, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and IEEE GRSS Distinguished Lecturer
  • Dr. Shannon Brown, Senior Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA
  • Mr. Jeff Hawkins, Independent Contractor at Northrop Grumman and retired Meteorologist and Oceanographer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA

See save the flyer and please check back for more information in near future.

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IEEE Photonics and GRSS Special Lecture by Mr. Thomas Pagano

The IEEE Los Angeles Photonics and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapters in Los Angeles Present a Special Lecture Event!

CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder

Mr. Thomas Pagano
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
5:30–7:30 PM

Von Karman Auditorium
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

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About the Talk: The CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS) will measure upwelling infrared radiation of the Earth in the MWIR region of the spectrum from space on a CubeSat. The observed radiances can be assimilated into weather forecast models and be used to retrieve lower tropospheric temperature and water vapor for climate studies. Multiple units can be flown to improve temporal coverage or in formation to provide new data products including 3D motion vector winds. The spacecraft will be a commercially available CubeSat and the integrated system will be a complete 6U CubeSat capable of measuring temperature and water vapor profiles with good lower tropospheric sensitivity. The CIRAS is the first step towards the development of science instruments requiring infrared measurements while reducing the cost of the payload, spacecraft and launch. Examples of science results and imagery obtained from NASA satellites as they relate to weather forecasting, and research in climate and atmospheric composition will be presented.

About the Speaker: Mr. Pagano is the Principal Investigator for CIRAS and the Project Manager for AIRS/AMSU/HSB Suite of instruments on the EOS Aqua Spacecraft. He was the lead engineer responsible for the calibration of the AIRS instrument in orbit. Prior to joining JPL in 1997, he was the Chief Systems Engineer on the MODIS instrument development program at Raytheon SBRS since 1985. He has a BS in Physics from UC Santa Barbara, and an MS in Physics from Montana State University. He holds 2 US patents and is author of numerous papers on space remote sensing systems.

Please see the event flier for agenda and other details.

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GRSS-YP Technical Poster Session

The IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles Section

Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Chapter

and Young Professional Affinity Group Present a

Technical Poster Session !

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016
5:00–7:00 PM

Moore courtyard/arch walkway and Moore Room B270
Caltech Campus
Pasadena, California

Bring a poster, model, demo, or other portable artifact describing your work. The item could be old or new, related to remote sensing or not. We will have poster stands and tables to accommodate. Posters will be arrayed in the room and on the outdoor areas just outside the room. Don’t have a poster printed? Bring an e-poster and we will do an e- poster session talk indoors.  Prizes will be awarded to the participants.

RSVP by Nov 2, 2016 to  ieee-yp-la-excom@listserv.ieee.org and la.grss.officers@ieee.org for participation and with any special request.

About the Dinner: The dinner buffet at the Athenaeum is $42 plus tax per person. Chapter members and non-members would pay for their meal; please bring cash. RSVP to la.grss.officers@ieee.org by Nov 2 if you wish to join us for dinner.

Please see the event flier for agenda and other details.

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Talk by Dr. Shannon T. Brown

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles Presents a Special Lecture Event!

Exploration with  Passive Microwave Radiometers at JPL:
Past, Present and Future

Dr. Shannon T. Brown
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
5:30–7:30 PM

Buwalda Room, Arms Laboratory
Caltech Campus
Pasadena, California

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About the Talk: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been developing microwave radiometers since the early 1960s for planetary missions initially and then Earth itself. This talk highlights the developments of the past and how they relate to on-going and future research in microwave radiometry at JPL. Examples include the Juno Microwave Radiometer (MWR) system and the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) system. Key science resulting from instruments such as these will be presented, ranging from observations of a rapidly intensifying hurricane on Earth to observations on the deep circulation within Jupiter. Prospects for the future of radiometry will be presented focusing on emerging technology trends and what small-satellite systems could mean for observing the Earth system like never before. The complete abstract of the talk can be found here.

About the Speaker: Dr. Brown is a senior technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  He joined JPL in 2005 as a member the Microwave Advanced Systems section.  He received a B.S degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan.  He received a Ph.D. in 2005 in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, also from the University of Michigan.  His research interests include microwave radiometer system development, calibration, geophysical algorithm development for both passive and active sensors, extraction of climate data records and radiometer science.  He has been involved with the spaceborne Topex, Jason-1, 2 and 3 Microwave Radiometers and the WindSat Polarimetric Radiometer.  He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer being developed for the US Air Force and instrument scientist for the NASA Juno Microwave Radiometer on the Juno New Frontiers mission to Jupiter.  He is a member of the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team, the Ocean Salinity Science Team, the SMAP Science Team.  He received a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2009 and the JPL Lew Allen Award in 2010.  He has also received four NASA Group Achievement Awards.

About the Dinner: The dinner buffet at the Athenaeum is $38 plus tax per person. Chapter members and non-members would pay for their meal; please bring cash. RSVP to la.grss.officers@ieee.org by Oct 2 if you wish to join us for dinner.

Please see the event flier for agenda and other details.

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Distinguished Lecture Event by Dr. Son Nghiem

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles Presents a Distinguished Lecture Event!

Remote Sensing with Multiple Satellite Sensors for Interdisciplinary Science Investigation of Arctic Sea Ice and Halogen Chemical Processes

Dr. Son V. Nghiem
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5:30–7:30 PM

Sharp Lecture Hall
Caltech Campus
Pasadena, California

About the Talk: The drastic reduction of perennial sea ice in the Arctic since year 2000 has transformed the Arctic sea ice cover composition. This is particularly important during the winter-spring transition, as it is the polar sunrise period for halogen photochemical processes to occur in the Arctic troposphere. To investigate impacts of sea ice reduction on the atmospheric chemical processes, we conducted the InterDisciplinary Science (IDS) BRomine, Ozone, and Mercury EXperiment (BROMEX) in March-April 2012 around Barrow, extending out inland and offshore over the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea with a number of measurements continuing to the present. In this lecture, we will show key results, including discoveries that lend science support to the Minamata Convention, a global treaty to curb mercury pollution.

 

About the Speaker: Dr. Nghiem is the Science Applications Development Lead of the Radar Science & Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research encompasses active and passive remote sensing, development of advanced satellite radars and radiometers, electromagnetic scattering and emission modeling, Earth science and applications. Dr. Nghiem has published over 220 scientific articles including refereed journal papers, book chapters, and conference papers. He received the 1999 Lew Allen Award for Excellence in recognition of his pioneering research in the areas of polarimetric scatterometry for Earth science remote sensing and contributions to future advanced satellite instrument concepts. He is a recipient of the 2006 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for developing scientific applications of scatterometry in land, ice, and snow processes. He received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to understanding the melt state of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, its significance in Earth science missions, and its implications in climate change.

About the Dinner: The dinner buffet at the Athenaeum is $38 plus tax per person. Chapter members and non-members would pay for their meal; please bring cash. RSVP to la.grss.officers@ieee.org by April 7 if you wish to join us for dinner.

Please see the event flier for agenda and other details.

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