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Congratulations 2017 Rising Researchers

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers.

The Rising Researchers program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields. Congratulations to the 2017 Rising Researchers.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Rising Researchers

Discipline: Defense & Security
Nathan Cahill
Nathan Cahill
Rochester Institute of Technology
Nathan Cahill is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and an Associate Dean of the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. He directs the Image Computing and Analysis Lab at RIT, which focuses on the development of mathematical models and computational algorithms for the analysis of color, hyperspectral, and medical imagery in a variety of applications. Before joining the RIT faculty, he spent thirteen years as a researcher at Eastman Kodak Company and Carestream Health, during which he earned a DPhil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. He has published over 60 journal and conference papers to date and is an inventor on 26 US patents.
Piecewise Flat Embeddings for Hyperspectral Image Analysis (DS122-13)


Discipline: Nanotechnology
Matt Graham
Matt Graham
Oregon State University
Matt Graham is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Oregon State University since September 2013. Before that, he received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and was a Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University from 2010-13. At Oregon State, Professor Graham’s lab is called Micro-Femto Energetics Lab and it studies the ‘on-chip’ behavior of electrons in materials by combing high temporal resolution (~10-15 s) with small spatial resolution (<10-6 m).
Ultrafast microscopy for resolving the efficiency-limiting photocurrent generation dynamics in van der Waals materials (DS117-5)


Discipline: Nanotechnology
John Hennessy
John Hennessy
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
John Hennessy is a technologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He received his BE and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2002 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010, respectively. His current research interests include the development of atomic layer deposition and etching processes for optical and electrical applications related to UV detector-integrated filters, UV reflective coatings, and semiconductor surface passivation.
Materials and process development for the fabrication of far ultraviolet device-integrated filters for visible-blind Si sensors (SI102-14)


Discipline: Defense & Security
Daniel LeMaster
Daniel LeMaster
Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. LeMaster is the Technical Advisor for the EO Target Detection and Surveillance Branch in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). His purview includes the efforts of 18 engineers and scientists. He is a author or co-author on over 30 conference and journal papers, 1 book chapter, and 1 patent (pending). Some of his recent research activities have improved high altitude reconnaissance imaging systems and provided new tools for treaty inspectors. He has also served as a conference chair, committee member, and guest journal editor for SPIE.
pyBSM: A Python package for modeling imaging systems (DS128-6)


Discipline: Nanotechnology
Yongmin Liu
Yongmin Liu
Northeastern University
Dr. Yongmin Liu obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, and he joined the faculty of Northeastern University at Boston in fall 2012 with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu’s research interests include nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, plasmonics, metamaterials, nano optomechanics, as well as optical imaging and sensing. He has authored and co-authored over 50 journal papers, including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters. Dr. Liu received Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2016), 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2016), Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship (2015), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2009).
Deep-subwavelength near-field imaging based on perovskite and doped semiconductors at infrared frequencies (DS118-2)


Discipline: Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing
Daniela Moody
Daniela Moody
Descartes Labs
Daniela’s work at Descartes Labs focuses on developing improved feature extraction algorithms for multi-spectral satellite imagery that combine sensor fusion, adaptive signal processing, and machine learning techniques. She was at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 9 years prior to joining Descartes, working on remote sensing and machine learning applications in various research areas, including space systems, astronomy, and nuclear non-proliferation. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Signal Processing, from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2012.
Crop classification using temporal stacks of multispectral satellite imagery (DS122-30)


Discipline: Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing
Shuo Pang
Shuo Pang
University of Central Florida
Dr. Shuo Pang is an Assistant Professor at CREOL-College of Optics and Photonics at University of Central Florida. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and Bachelor degree in Optical Engineering from Tsinghua University. His research focuses on developing computational imaging systems and their applications in biomedical diagnosis and industrial testing. He holds 10 US patents in imaging systems and is a recipient of 2016 Ralph E Powe Junior Faculty Award (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) in Engineering or Applied Science.
Compressive Video Sensing with Side Information (DS110-2 and SI120-8)


Discipline: Optical Design & Engineering
Junsuk Rho
Junsuk Rho
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
Junsuk Rho is currently an assistant professor with dual appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of Korea. Before joining POSTECH, He received a degree his B.S. (2007), M.S. (2008), Ph.D. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Berkeley, respectively and then he worked as a Ugo Fano Fellow in Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Rho has published over 15 high impact peer-reviewed journal papers including Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Nature Communications. He has also received honorable awards including Samsung Scholarship (2008-2013), the Optical Society of America (OSA) Milton/Chang Award, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Scholarship (2011 & 2012), Materials Research Society (MRS) student award (2012), U.S. DOE Argonne Named Fellowship (2013) and Edmund Optics award (2015).
Hyperlens for real-time high-throughput biomolecular imaging (DS118-12)


Discipline: Remote Sensing
Adrian Tang
Adrian Tang
UCLA / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Adrian Tang has over 16 years of CMOS/SiGe IC design experience in both research and commercial wireless environments with projects ranging from commercial Bluetooth and WLAN chipsets to mm-wave and THz chipsets for communication, radar and spectrometer systems. Adrian is currently a researcher with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles. At JPL, Adrian currently directs the space-system-on-chip (SoC) laboratory and is currently leading development of a wide range of CMOS SoC chipsets for spectrometer, radiometer, and radar instruments targeting Earth science, planetary, and astrophysics investigations at microwave to sub-mm-wavelengths. At UCLA his research focuses on low power backscatter communication systems and high speed wire-line data links.
Overview of CMOS technology for radiometry and passive imaging (DS118-10)


Discipline: Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging
Fei Tian
Fei Tian
Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Fei Tian is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. at ECNU (China) and Ph.D. at Stevens. Her research interests focus on the development in the interface of photonics and functional nanomaterials and thin films at multi-length scales. She has authored multiple publications in the field of fiber optics and sensing and her research is funded by ACS PRF and NSF.
Lab-on-fiber optofluidic platform for in-situ study of therapeutic peptides and bacterial response (SI112-7)

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9 October 2017

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