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Professor to speak about Penn State space science and research initiatives

Dr. Julio Urbina
2/25/2014 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley will welcome Julio Urbina, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, as the next speaker in its spring 2014 Faculty Lecture Series. Urbina will discuss University space science research and initiatives at 12:15 p.m., March 27, in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley. This series brings distinguished faculty speakers from other campuses and universities to share their research with the campus and community. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Penn State has been developing advanced instruments and technologies for future radars, with primary objectives of making such instruments more capable and more cost effective. This talk will provide an overview of this new instrument and current low and mid-latitude space science research activities being conducted at Penn State.

Urbina joined Penn State in 2006. From 1989-1993, he worked as a RF and Digital Engineer at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During the summers of 2005 and 2006, he worked as a visiting scientist at the Arecibo Observatory in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences group.

His recent research interests include reconfigurable virtual instrumentation design, high-performance computing, cognitive radars, software defined radars, sensors, morph-ware systems, microwave communication, meteor science, and radar remote sensing of the atmosphere and ionosphere.

The Faculty Lecture Series is supported by the student activity fee in cooperation with Alumni and Corporate Relations, Teaching International, and the Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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