Prof. Chris Ruf (CV, bio) leads the Remote Sensing Group (RSG) in the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department (CLaSP) of the College of Engineering, University of Michigan. RSG develops new remote sensing methods and applies them to atmospheric, oceanographic, and terrestial investigations on Earth and to lunar and planetary investigations in space. Remote sensing research in RSG includes the development of forward model inversion algorithms to estimate geophysical parameters from engineering measurements, the development of forward models to predict engineering measurements from the geophysical state, the design and development of remote sensing technologies and instruments to enable new types of measurements, and the development and application of new methods for calibrating raw remote sensing measurements. Most of the recent research activity in RSG has been related to the NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission.

Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with CLaSP and the Dept of Applied Physics are involved in all aspects of RSG research.  Typical post graduate employment opportunities include positions at NASA and NOAA research centers, DoD aerospace research groups, aerospace industry, and academia.  Students are also well prepared to pursue careers in research and development in the related technology fields of satellite and other wireless communications and surveilance.

RSG works closely with scientists and engineers at NASA and NOAA research centers, in the European Space Agency and the affiliated national space agencies of Europe, in aerospace industry -both U.S and international- and at other universities -also both U.S. and international.