Our Research


The Remote Sensing for Space Sciences team is a new group (three-years old) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. The group conducts research that is focused on two branches of the field of remote sensing:

Typically the techniques and instrumentation we develop in one branch have application in the other.

Students working with our group have the opportunity to participate in a cross-disciplinary team with strong ties to researchers inside and outside of the academic world, both here in the USA and internationally.

The Remote Sensing for Space Sciences Group is part of Georgia State University’s Astro-Informatics cluster.

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Research Group

We design, build, and field instruments, and develop custom algorithms for data reduction and analysis, and numerical simulations.


Stuart Jefferies


Dmitriy Shcherbik,                                   Research Engineer
Doug Hope                                             Senior Scientist

Ph.D. Researchers

Deborah Gulledge                                          NSF Graduate Research Fellow (advisor: S. Jefferies)
Ryan Hall                                                           2CI Fellow                                                     (advisor: S. Jefferies)
Aparna Venkataramanasastry       Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and  Technology (advisors: P. Martens, S. Jefferies)
Arturo Martinez                                        2CI Fellow                                          (advisors: F. Baron, S. Jefferies)
Caleb Abbott                                      (advisors: F. Baron, S. Jefferies)
Toqi Saker                                                (advisors J. Banda, S. Jefferies)

Ph.D.  Researchers  (External)

Daniele Calchetti (Univ. of Rome)        (advisors: F. Berrilli, S. Jefferies)
Piermarco Giobbi  (Univ. of Rome)    (advisors: F. Berrilli, S. Jefferies)
Cody Shaw (Univ. of Hawaii)              (advisors: J. Kuhn, S. Jefferies)

Masters Researchers

Venus Pagidimarri                           (advisors: J. Banda, S. Jefferies)

Undergraduate Researchers

Samantha Champeau                 (advisor: S. Jefferies)







Anderson Thrasher                        (advisor: S. Jefferies)
Blake Mincey                                    (advisor: S. Jefferies)

Assistant Researchers

Ty Tidrick                                    (advisors: S. Jefferies, D. Hope)
Ashish Tiwari                                             (advisors: S. Jefferies, D. Hope)
Varun Chaturmutha                          (advisor: S. Jefferies)


Scientific articles with student authors


Previous Team Members

Optics Laboratory

We are developing an optics laboratory for rapid prototyping and testing of instruments that have been developed and validated using numerical simulations, using photons on the bench. Once the performance of an instrument has been practically validated, the laboratory also serves as a testing and calibration facility for the field version of the instrument.

Building the turbulence generator for the ARES system

Our group recently received a $658K award from the Department of Defense DURIP program to build an advanced atmospheric simulator and test bed for the validation of novel methods for high-resolution imaging through atmospheric turbulence (ARES: a simulator for the Advanced Reconnaissance of Earth-orbiting Satellites).


Our group participates in a number of close collaborations with other  research groups here in the USA and in Europe.  These interactions offer a number of opportunities for students including cross-disciplinary research, exposure to the different research environments in academia, private business, and the government, summer internships, and international exchanges.

Computer Science, Georgia State University

Prof. Juan Banda

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

Prof. Jeff Kuhn

Department of Physics, University of Rome, Tor Vergata (UNITOV)

Prof. Francesco Berrilli

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prof. Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Neil Murphy

European Space Agency/NASA

Dr. Bernhard Fleck
  • Internships at NASA/Goddard

Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Ryan Swindle

Private Business: Eddy Company/ Mojave Solar

Mr. Wayne Rodgers (Owner of the Eddy Company and Mojave Solar)
  • Consulting

Private Business: Advisory Ltd. (U.K.)

Dr. Gary Bamford                                         (Owner of Advisory Ltd.)


Enquiries about the Remote Sensing for Space Sciences Group should be addressed to

Prof. Stuart M. Jefferies

E-mail: sjefferies@gsu.edu

Phone: +1 (404) 413-6017

Mailing address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, 25 Park Place, Suite 608, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA