Submitted by mirsladmin on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:14
Several MIRSL alumni pose with DopplerScatt, a NASA Instrument Incubator Project led by Dragana Perkovic, Ph.D. 2008 (at left), of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. DopplerScatt was featured in the NASA Earth Science Technology Office's 2016 Annual Report (see Page 3). Joining Dragana in the photo are UMass alums involved in the development of this instrument (L-R) Karthik Srinivasan, M.S. 2007; Mauricio Sanchez Barbetty, Ph.D. 2012; Ninoslav Majurec, Ph.D. 2008; and Chad Baldi, M.S. 2014 (photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-CalTech).
Submitted by mirsladmin on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 09:22
Congratulations to NASA and especially to MIRSL alum Chris Ruf, the Principal Investigator of the recently launched Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS). CYGNSS is a constellation of 8 microsatellites that will measure reflected signals from the ocean surface from GPS and other satellite navigation systems. The reflected sig
Submitted by mirsladmin on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:53
MIRSL is participating in the 2016 Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment -- Southeast (VORTEX-SE) sponsored by NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory. During March and April 2016, MIRSL is deploying two mobile radar systems to northern Alabama to study the environment both leading up to and during severe weather outbreaks that can produce tornadoes. MIRSL is partnering with the Purdue University Department of Earth Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences in this project.
The two mobile radars include a polarimetric Doppler weather radar that volumetrically samples storms that pass within 60 km of its deployment site and a continuous frequency-modulated radar that collects vertical profiles of the atmospheric boundary layer throughout the experiment period. Further detail on the radar instrumentation is available here. Current and past radar observations for VORTEX-SE are available here.
Submitted by mirsladmin on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 14:39
Two students won best paper awards during the recent 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans, LA. Sheila Werth presented "Evaluating Parameters for Species-Based Classification of Bird Radar Echoes for Wind Energy Site Assessment" in the Seventh Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy. Her paper won Best Oral Presentation in the student paper competition. Aditya Nagarajan presented "On Learning Patterns Between GPS Derived Precipitable water fields and Radar Reflectivity Fields” which won Second
Submitted by mirsladmin on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:22
Prof. Paul Siqueira is one of 15 scientists selected by NASA to serve on the Science Definition Team of a $600-million collaborative mission between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In a meeting in Toronto on September 30, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of ISRO, signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
Submitted by mirsladmin on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:56
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
Submitted by mirsladmin on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:21
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
Submitted by mirsladmin on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:01
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.
Submitted by mirsladmin on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 11:10
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.
Submitted by mirsladmin on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:26
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!