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Getting to BYU

Current MERS Members

  • Faculty:
  • Master's Students:
    • Jordan Hill, Scatterometry. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Ryan Bartley, SAR/ISAR. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Garrett McDonald, Scatterometry. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Jeff Budge, Scatterometry. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Sam Bury, Scatterometry. Advisor: Dr. David Long
  • Undergraduate Students:
    • Nolan Hutchings
    • Evan Chrisney
    • Spencer Low
    • Jordan Brown
    • Greg Schachterle
    • Harrison Garrett

Past Students

  • Post-Docs:
    • Dr. Aaron Paget.
    • Dr. Jon W. Wallace. Faculty at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. Now at Wavetronix.
    • Dr. Salvador Guitierez. Now at Plattsburgh State University of New York Computer Science Dept.
  • Past Ph.D. Students:
    • Richard Lindsley, Graduated: Dec. 2015, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Enhanced-Resolution Processing and Applications of the ASCAT Scatterometer" (9 MB PDF*)
      • Now at RSS in Santa Rosa, CA.
    • Craig Stringham, Graduated: Dec. 2014, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Developments in LFM-CW SAR for UAV Operation" (23 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Caltech/JPL.
    • Michael I. Duersch, Graduated: Aug. 2013, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Backprojection for Synthetic Aperture Radar" (8 MB PDF*)
      • Now at imSAR in Springville, UT.
    • Keith M. Stuart, Graduated: Dec. 2012, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Application of SeaWinds Scatterometer Data to the Study of Antarctic Icebergs" (4.7 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Sandia in Albuquerque, NM.
    • Michael Owen, Graduated: Dec. 2010, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Scatterometer Contamination Mitigation" (34 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Lincoln Laboratory in MA.
    • Brent Williams, Graduated: Aug. 2010, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Signal Processing Methods for Ultra High Resolution Scatterometry" (11 MB PDF*)
      • Now at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, CA.
    • Evan Zaugg, Graduated: Apr. 2010, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Generalized Image Formation for Pulsed and LFM-CW Synthetic Aperture Radar"
      • Now at Artemis, Inc. in NY.
    • Derek Hudson, Graduated: Dec. 2009, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Improving Accuracy in Microwave Radiometry via Probability and Inverse Problem Theory" (3.7 MB PDF*)
      • Now at NASA/GSFC in MD.
    • Congling Nie, Graduated: Apr. 2008, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Wind/Rain Backscatter Modeling and Wind/Rain Retrieval for Scatterometer and Synthetic Aperture Radar" (26.4 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Micron in Lehi, UT.
    • Haroon Stephen, Graduated: Aug. 2006, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Microwave Remote Sensing of Saharan Ergs and Amazon Vegetation" (8.7 MB PDF*)
      • Now at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in NV.
    • Ivan Ashcraft, Graduated: Dec. 2004, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Microwave Remote Sensing of the Greenland Ice Sheet" (3.6 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Raytheon in Tucson, AZ.
    • Floyd Millet, Graduated: Dec. 2004, Advisor: Dr. Karl Warnick
      • Dissertation Title: "Improving Electromagntic Bias Estimates" (3.4 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Lockheed, CA
    • David Draper, Graduated: Dec. 2003, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Wind Scatterometry with Improved Ambiguity Selection and Rain Modeling" (9.5 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Ball Aerospace
    • Peter Yoho, Graduated: Dec. 2003, Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Improved Performance of Satellite Scatterometer Through Calibration, Design, and Analysis" (5.2 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Lincoln Labs
    • Michael W. Spencer, Graduated: Dec. 2001. Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "A Methodology for the Design of Spaceborne Pencil-Beam Scatterometer Systems" (7.2 MB PDF*)
      • Now at CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    • Jon W. Wallace, Graduated: Dec. 2001, Advisor: Dr. Mike Jensen
      • Dissertation Title: "Modeling Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in Electrically Large Structures"
      • Completed a Post-Doc at BYU. Now at Brennen Univ.
    • Douglas Thompson, Graduated Aug. 2001. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
      • Dissertation Title: "Innovative Radar Interferometry" (10.8 MB PDF*)
      • Recipent of an NSF Fellowship, 1997.
      • Now at Sandia National Labs.
    • Quinn P. Remund, Graduated: Aug. 2000. Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Multisensor Microwave Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere" (33.5 MB PDF*)
      • Recipent of a Rocky Mountain Space Grant
      • Now at Ball Aerospace.
    • Paul E. Johnson, Graduated: Aug. 1999. Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Uncertainties in Oceanic Microwave Remote Sensing: the Radar Footprint, the Wind-Backscatter Relationship, and the Measureemnt Proabability Density Function" (7.2 MB PDF*)
      • Recipent of a NASA Gobal Change Fellowship, 1997.
      • Recipent of a Rocky Mountain Space Grant Consortium Fellowship.
      • Now at Ball Aerospace.
    • David S. Early, Graduated: May 1998. Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "A Study of the Scatterometer Image Reconstruction Algorithm and its Application to Polar Ice Studies" (3.9 MB PDF*)
      • Recipent of a NASA Global Change Fellowship, 1993.
      • Now at Qwest.
    • Karl Warnick, Graduated: April 1997. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
      • Dissertation Title: "A Differential Forms Approach to Electromagnetics in Anisotropic Media" Differential forms (8.8 MB PDF*)
      • Recipent of an NSF Fellowship, 1994.
      • Completed postdoc at Illinois, now Professor at BYU.
    • Ryan Reed, Graduated: April 1996. Advisor: Dr. David Long
      • Dissertation Title: "Statistical Properties of the Sea Scattered Radar Return" (5.8 MB PDF*)
      • Now at Raytheon, Tucson, AZ.
  • Selected Past Master's Students:
    • F. Dayton Minor, EE Master's Aug 2016, "Calibration of RapidScat Instrument Drift," (2.8 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • David B. Lindell. EE Master's April 2016, "Arctic Sea Ice Classification and Soil Moisture Estimation Using Microwave Sensors," (30 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Nathan M. Madsen. EE Master's Dec. 2015, "Calibration and Validation of the RapidScat Scatterometer Using Natural Land Targets" (7.3 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Jeffrey R. Blodgett. EE Master's Aug. 2014, "Analysis, Validation, and Improvement of High-Resolution Wind Estimates from the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT)" (11 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Mark Crockett. EE Master's Apr. 2014. "Target Motion Estimation Techniques Single-channel SAR" (30 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • John Barrus. EE Master's Dec. 2013, "Intercalibration of QuikSCAT and OSCAT Land Backscatter" (50.9 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Benjamin Dilsaver. EE Master's Aug. 2013, " Experiments with GMTI Radar Using Micro-Doppler" (13.3 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Joseph Winkler. EE Master's Aug. 2013, "An Investigation into Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) Using a Single-Channel Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)" (60.2 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Kevin Moon. EE Master's Aug. 2012, "Investigations of the Dry Snow Zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet Using QuikSCAT" (4.2 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Kyra Moon. EE Master's Aug. 2012, "Windowed Factorized Backprojection for Pulsed and LFM-CW Stripmap SAR" (1.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Steven Reeves. EE Master's Aug. 2011, "Sea Ice Mapping Using Enhanced Resolution Advanced Scatterometer Images" (9.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Weston Hullinger. EE Master's Aug. 2011, "Mitigation of Sea Ice Contamination in QuikSCAT Wind Retrieval" (2.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Josh Bradley. EE Master's Aug. 2011, "Extending the QuikSCAT Data Record with the Oceansat-2 Scatterometer" (55 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Justin Penner. EE Master's Apr. 2011, "Development of a Ground-Based High-Resolution 3D-SAR System for Studying the Microwave Scattering Characteristics of Trees" (6.7 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Aaron Swan. EE Master's Aug. 2011, "Multi-year Arctic Sea Ice Classification Using QuikSCAT" (5.5 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Brian Gunn. EE Master's Aug. 2010, "Scatterometer Image Reconstruction Tuning and Aperture Function Estimation for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer aboard the Earth Observing System" (14 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Stephen Preston. EE Master's Aug. 2010, "Design and Feasibility Testing for a Ground-based, Three-dimensional Ultra-High-Resolution, Synthetic Aperture Radar to Image Snowpacks" (4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • David Madsen. EE Master's Apr. 2010, "Coherent Change Detection for Synthetic Aperture Radar" (15 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Trevor Paulsen. EE Master's Apr. 2010, "Low Cost/High Prevision Flight Dynamics Estimation Using the Square-Root Unscented Kalman Filter" (5 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Faozi Said. EE Master's Aug. 2009, "An Evaluation of QuikSCAT UHR Wind Product's Effectiveness in Determining Selected Tropical Cyclone Characteristics" (46 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Matthew Edwards. EE Master's Apr. 2009, "Design of a Continuous Wave Synthetic Aperture Radar System with Analog Dechirp" (4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Matthew Tolman. EE Master's Dec. 2008, "A Detailed Look at the Omega-K Algorithm for Processing Synthetic Aperture Radar Data" (14 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Benjamin Lambert. EE Master's Aug. 2008. "Monitoring the Antarctic Ice Sheet from Space" (5.1 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Seth Nielsen. EE Master's Aug. 2007. "A Wind and Rain Backscatter Model Derived from AMSR and SeaWinds Data " (1.2 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Ryan Halterman. EE Master's Dec. 2006. "Observation and Tracking of Tropical Cyclones using Resolution Enhanced Scatterometry" (4.0 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Brandon Hicks. EE Master's Dec. 2005. "Melt Detection and Estimation in Greenland using Tandem SeaWinds and QuikSCAT Scatterometers" (21 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • James Nagel. EE Master's Aug. 2006. "A Prototype Platform for Array Feed Development" (2.0 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. Karl Warnick
    • Chris Chan. EE Master's Apr. 2005. Non-Thesis option. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Jeffrey R. Allen. EE Master's Aug. 2005. Thesis: "An Analysis of SeaWinds Simultaneous Wind/Rain Retrieval in Severe Weather Events." (22.8 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Clayton Davis. EE Master's Dec. 2004. Thesis: "Understanding and Improving Moment Method Scattering Solutions." (2.3 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. Karl Warnick
    • Michael I. Duersch. EE Master's Dec. 2004. Thesis: "BYU Micro-SAR: A Very Small, Low-Power, LFM-CW Synthetic Aperture Radar." (14 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Spencer Haycock. EE Master's Dec. 2004. Thesis: "Frequency Estimation of Linear FM Scatterometer Pulses Received by the SeaWinds Calibration Ground Station." 5.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Lukas Kunz. EE Master's Dec. 2004. Thesis: "A New Method for Melt Detection on Antarctic Ice-Shelves and Scatterometer Calibration Verification." (21 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • David Duncan. EE Master's Aug. 2004. Thesis: "Motion Compensation of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar." (5.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Hyrum Anderson, EE Master's Aug. 2003. Thesis: "Polar Sea Ice Mapping for SeaWinds." Advisor: Dr. David Long (8.8 MB PDF*)
    • Jeremy Luke, EE Master's Aug. 2003. Thesis: "High Resolution Wind Retrieval for SeaWinds on QuikSCAT." (4.9 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Ryan L. Smith, EE Master's Dec. 2002. Thesis: "Micro Synthetic Aperture Radar Using FM/CW Technology." (9.8 MB PDF*) Wavetronix. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Jed Pack, EE Master's April 2002. Thesis: "Algorithms for Snowmelt and Accumulation Monitoring on the Greenland Ice Sheet." Advisor: Dr. Michael Jensen
    • Jarom J. Ballatyne, EE Master's April. 2002. Thesis: "Using Spaceborne Microwave Sensor to Track Large Antarctic Icebergs." (12.7 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Arden A. Anderson, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "Analysis and Usage of the QuikSCAT Calibration Ground Station." (4.3 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Andrew S. Fletcher, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "An Implementation of Field-Wise Wind Retrieval for SeaWinds on QuikSCAT." (1.6 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Richard B. Lundgreen, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "Method of Motion compensation of YINSAR Data." (5.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Brett T. Walkenhorst, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "Development of a Radio Telescope Receiver for Rsearch in Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation." Advisor: Dr. Karl Warnick
    • Jonathan L. Waite, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "Detecting Track Hazards Using an Interferometric Radar." Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • David A. Zaugg, EE Master's Aug. 2001. Thesis: "A Ku-band Altimeter for use in Earth Remote Sensing Applications." Advisor: Dr. Michael Jensen
    • Matthew E. Willis, EE Master's April 2000. Thesis: "Algebraic Reconstruction Algorithms for Remote Sensing Image Enhancement." (1.3 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. Brian Jeffs
    • Jeffery C. Beard, EE Master's April 2001. Thesis: "Railroad Hazard Detection System Using an Interferometric Radar." Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Donald E. Crockett, EE Master's April 2001. "A Ku-band Altimeter for Improved Estimation of Electromagnetic Bias in Radar Altimetry." Advisor: Dr. David Arnold.
    • James E. H. Dyal, EE Master's Dec. 1999. Thesis: "TRMM Sigma-0 Vegetation Signatures and Other Studies." (9 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Gardner Watt, EE Master's Aug. 1999. Thesis: "Vegetation Classification Using Seasonal Variation os Scatterometer Data at C-Band and Ku-Band." (1.7 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Benjamin E. Barrowes, EE Master's Aug. 1999. Thesis: "YSCAT Backscatter Distributions." (2.9 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Ph.D. MIT. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Justin D. Smith, EE Master's Aug. 1999. Thesis: "Studies to Improve Estimation of the Electromagnetic Bias in Radar Altimetry." Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Stephen L. Richards, EE Master's Aug. 1999. Thesis: "A Field-wise Wind Retrieval Algorithm for SeaWinds." (5.1 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • James Bates, EE Master's Dec. 1998. Thesis" The Phase Gradient Autofocus Algorithm with Range Dependen Stripmap SAR." (3.7 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Charles G. Brown, EE Master's Dec. 1998. Thesis: "A Field-Wise Wind Retrieval Algorithm for the NASA Scatterometer." (3.1 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Adam Robertson, EE Master's Dec. 1998. Thesis: "Multi-Baseline Interferometric SAR for Iterative Height Estimation." (7.5 MB PDF*) RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Amy E. Gonzalas, EE Masters's May 1998. Thesis: "An Assessment of the NASA Scatterometer Ambiguity Removal Technique." (862 kB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Thomas Karlinsey, EE Master's Dec. 1998. Thesis: "The Analysis and Design of a Broadband Constant Beamwidth Reflector Dish Antenna." RMSGC grant. Advisor: Dr. Mike Jensen
    • C. Jay Wilson, EE Master's Mar. 1998. Thesis: "Calibration of and Attitude Error Estimation for a Spaceborne Scatterometer Using Measurements over Land." (6.5 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Ryan Jensen, Geography Master's Aug. 1997. Thesis: "Two Cloud-Removal Algorithms Tested for Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) Data." Advisor: Dr. Perry Hardin
    • Randy St.John, EE Master's Feb. 1997. Thesis: "Education and the Internet: A Vision for the Future." Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Travis Oliphant, EE Master's Dec. 1996. Thesis: "New Techniques for Wind Scatterometry." (4.1 MB PDF*) Obtained a Ph.D. from Mayo. NSF Fellowship Recipient while at BYU. Now BYU ECEn Faculty. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Andy Greenwood, EE Master's Aug. 1995. Thesis: "Azimuth Modulation of the Radar Backscatter at Near-Normal Incidence." (3 MB PDF*) Obtained Ph.D. at Illinois. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Larry Arnett, EE Master's Dec. 1994. (non-thesis) Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • R. Scott Collyer, EE Master's Dec. 1994. Thesis: "Dependence of the Normalized Radar Cross Section of Ocean Waves on Bragg Wavelength--Wind Speed and Direction Sensitivity." (3.2 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Warren Davis, EE Master's Dec. 1993. Thesis: "Enhanced Resolution Imaging from Remotely Sensed Microwave Data." (3.8 MB PDF*) At Varian. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Douglas Daum, EE Master's Dec. 1994. Thesis: "Application of Enhanced Resolution Imaging to SSM/I Data." (4.6 MB PDF*) Ph.D. at MIT. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Paul E. Johnson, EE Master's Dec. 1994. Thesis: "Backscatter Sensitivity to the Parameters of a Two-Dimensional Scattering Model." Moved on to Ph.D. at BYU. Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Brian Jarrett, EE Master's Dec. 1994. Thesis: "BYU SAR: A Low Cost Compact Synthetic Aperture Radar." (3.4 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Arnold
    • Charles Hedelius, April 1993. Thesis: "Development of a Wire Wave Guage Array for Measuing Wind-Generated Water Waves." (30 MB PDF*) Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • David Luke, EE Master's (non-thesis) April 1993. Went to HP. Now at startup company. NSF Fellowship Recipient while at BYU. Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Gary Skouson, EE Master's Dec. 1992. Thesis: "Calibration of Seasat Scatterometer Using Tropical Rainforest." (37 MB PDF*) At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor: Dr. David Long
    • Peter Whiting, EE Master's Aug. 1992. Thesis: "Resolution Enhancement of Seasat Scatterometer Data." (2.8 MB PDF*) Ph.D. at Kansas. Advisor: Dr. David Long
  • Selected Past Undergraduate Students:
    • Chris Running, 2015-. SAR.
    • Matthew Hales, 2014-2017. Sys Admin.
    • Emily Prichett, 2014-2015. Iceberg tracking.
    • Chris Maderia, 2011. Sea ice mapping.
    • Chris Welsh, 2009. SAR Algorithms.
    • Jared Hulme, 2007. SAR A/D.
    • Jared Marcum, 2005. SysAdmin
    • Mike Rogers, Apr. 2007. SSM/I and AMSRE.
    • Shuyi Li, Apr. 2005. SSM/I.
    • Paul Cuff, Apr. 2004. Speech Reconstruction. (Ph.D. at Stanford)
    • Isaac Wagner, Apr. 2004. SIR view software.
    • Elizabeth Huestis, Aug. 2001. Web pages.
    • Jorge Cano, B.S. Aug. 1995. RF hardware.
    • Dan Robinson, B.S. April 1995. Software development. (Master's at Illinois)
    • Brian Jones, B.S. Aug. 1999. RF hardware.
    • Alex Shaw, B.S. 1995. Glaciers.

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