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Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes is the George W. Edwards/El Paso Electric Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) since 2012. He received the BSEE degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), in 1985, and the MSEE, Electrical Eng. D, and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1988, 1988, and 1992 respectively. He was a member of the faculty at the Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) from 1992 to 2012.   He has held faculty research internship positions with Air Force Research Laboratories, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the UTEP Campus Coordinator for the NOAA Center for Earth Systems Science and Remote Sensing Technology led by City College of New York and was interim director of the UTEP Regional Cyber for Energy Security Center. He was the Founding Director of the UPRM Institute for Research in Integrative Systems and Engineering (IRISE) and was Associate Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS) led by Northeastern University. He was also UPRM campus coordinator for the Center for Power Electronic Systems (CPES) a NSF ERC led by Virginia Tech. He was director of the UPRM Tropical Center for Earth and Space Studies (TCESS), a NASA University Research Center and Director of the UPRM Laboratory for Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing (LARSIP). His research interests are in integrating physical models with statistical, and machine-learning approaches for information extraction using remote or minimally intrusive sensing. His work has been focused in recent times in multi/hyperspectral remote sensing for earth sciences, national defense and security applications. He has over 160 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings, and has supervised over 55 post-doctoral, doctoral and master students. Dr. Velez-Reyes is a Fellow of SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics), Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, and Senior Member of IEEE. In 1997, he was one of 60 recipients from across the United States and its territories of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House.  He received the IEEE Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 1999. He chairs the SPIE Conference on Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He is a life member of SHPE and SACNAS. He is a member of ASEE, AMS and AGU.


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