Young Professionals' Program

Event Time Location
Presentation Skills Workshop Monday, July 17, 13:30 - 15:30 Civic Auditorium
Young Professionals’ Mixer Tuesday, July 18, 19:00 - 22:00 Westin Pasadena, Fountain Ballroom
YP/TIE Event: CV/Resume Writing Workshop Wednesday 19 July, 10:30 - 11:30 Sheraton Pasadena, Justine's Ballroom
Career Panel Wednesday 19 July, 14:15 - 15:30 Gold Room (Above Civic Auditorium
YP Breakfast Lecture Series Tuesday-Thursday 17, 18, 19 July, 07:00 - 08:30 Sheraton Pasadena, Piazza Ballroom
GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geoscience and Remote Sensing Thursday 20 July, 08:30 - 09:30 Sheraton Pasadena, Justine's Ballroom

Presentation Skills Workshop

Date: Monday, July 17, 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Civic Auditorium

Come enjoy a relaxing workshop on storytelling with improvisation to sharpen your skills to communicate your science. Whether it is Geoscience, Remote Sensing or any other field, take a few hours to recalibrate your brain and body with Brian Brophy, Caltech Theater Director and JPL Story Coach, for a unique sci-com training workshop. All Welcomed and No ticket purchase is required.

Brian Brophy is the Director of Caltech Theater, Story Coach at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for Missions Trident (Probe to Triton),Veritas (Orbiter to Venus), co-creator of Credible Messenger Training with JPL’s Story Architect Paul Propster, Fulbright Scholar to India and twenty-five-year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry. He also continues as a Scholar in Residence at the Indian Institute of Technology (IITGN) for his fourth tour. Other highlights include Yale-NUS Singapore Artist in Residence, a multi-recipient of the California Arts Council/Culture Affairs Department Artist in Community grants and recipient of a George Soros Foundation funding award for a theater project in Bosnia. During the Covid years of 2020-2023 Brophy facilitated online scientific storytelling workshops and digital lifestyle training with members of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech community.

Young Professionals’ Mixer

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Westin Pasadena, Fountain Ballroom
IEEE student members: USD $10
Student non-members: USD $15
IEEE members: USD $20
Non-members: USD $30
Registration: Online

If you are a student, recent graduate, or young professional attending IGARSS 2023, don't miss out on the Young Professionals' Mixer sponsored by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society!

Join us for an evening of interactive and engaging experiences that bring together a diverse group of academics, graduate students, young professionals, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle, network, and establish new connections.

Moreover, this event offers an outstanding platform for recruiters to connect with and discover promising talent in the field of geoscience and remote sensing.

Indulge in a free flow of drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, while you challenge yourself in a TRIVIA contest and enjoy other surprises!

However, please note that spots are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot now to secure your place at this unforgettable event. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at We look forward to seeing you there!

YP/TIE Event: CV/Resume Writing Workshop

Date: Wednesday 19 July, 10:30 - 11:30
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Justine's Ballroom

A well-crafted resume is essential for a successful job search, serving as a gateway to unlocking new career prospects and making a lasting impression on potential employers.

Join us for an engaging Resume Writing Workshop led by Jillian Kinsey, the owner and founder of Red Pen Wench, a renowned nationwide career services business. With a team of professional writers specializing in resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile optimization, and interview coaching, Red Pen Wench has consistently been voted among the nation’s Best Resume Writing Services by Find My Profession. Drawing from her expertise as a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Jillian will provide valuable insights into crafting resumes that effectively showcase your skills and achievements, helping you navigate the job search process with confidence.

Would you like to receive personalized live feedback on your resume during the workshop? Send your resume to by June 30. Jillian will be selecting 2 or 3 resumes to review during the session.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn valuable resume writing and job search strategies from a trusted expert in the field.

Speaker Biography

Jillian Kinsey, a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, founded Red Pen Wench in 2014 with the desire to assist clients on their academic and professional journeys and make the job search process a more rewarding one. She built a team of exceptional writers with a shared passion for working one-on-one with clients to elevate their career materials. With a genuine passion for crafting content that showcases each client’s unique skill set, achievements, and career journey, the Red Pen Wench team has written hundreds of resumes across a diverse range of industries for professionals around the world.

Career Panel

Date: Wednesday 19 July, 14:15 - 15:30
Location: Gold Room (Above Civic Auditorium)

The Career Panel brings together accomplished leading experts from various backgrounds, including industry, academia, and research laboratories, who will share their valuable experiences, best practices, how to make career choices, and the mindset required to thrive in a successful career.

This career panel presents an exceptional opportunity for students exploring career possibilities, young professionals seeking to enhance their expertise, or professionals looking forward to further advancing their career to gain insights from a distinguished group of professionals.

The panel will feature an interactive discussion, driven by audience questions.


Adriano Camps is an IEEE Fellow and IEEE GRSS past president. He is a professor at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), member of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, and ASPIRE Visiting International Professor at the UAE University in Abu Dhabi. Camps has 30 years of experience in the field of passive microwave remote sensing, including radiometry and GNSS reflectometry for Earth Science applications. His research lines focus on: 1) microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis on microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis (i.e., MIRAS instrument, single payload of ESA SMOS mission), 2) GNSS-Reflectometry, 3) radio-frequency interference detection and mitigation, 4) ionospheric radio-wave propagation, and 5) nanosatellites as a tool to test new remote sensing. He has published over 250 journal articles, authored 9 book chapters, co-authored, “Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing,” and has made more than 515 conference presentations. He has advised 29 Ph.D. students, holds 12 patents, and is co-founder of two startups. He directs the UPC NanoSat-Lab, he has been responsible of the development of the UPC 3Cat program, including the launch of the first Catalan CubeSats, and he and his team were the lead authors of the Catalan New Space Strategy.

Dr. St. Germain is the Division Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the agency’s Earth Science portfolio, including a fleet of 25 satellites that are currently viewing our home planet from space. Her program also includes technology development, development of the next generation of Earth-observing satellites, and a robust research and applications program to understand how land, ocean, atmosphere, and cryosphere systems work and interact.

Dr. St. Germain came to NASA from the NOAA Satellite and Information Service, where she served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Systems (DAAS), with responsibility for leading the development of the nation’s operational weather satellite systems. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. St. Germain served in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L), where she managed a broad portfolio of defense and intelligence satellite programs.

Dr. St. Germain is a leader in enterprise-level planning and multi-organizational space programs of national significance. She is also an expert in major satellite systems development, with particular proficiency in transitioning new technology into operational systems.

Dr. St. Germain had a successful research career at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Nebraska, and the Naval Research Laboratory. She has performed research aboard ice-breakers in the Arctic and Antarctic, flown through hurricanes and tropical storms on NOAA’s P-3 airplanes and measured glacial ice on a snowmobile traverse of the Greenland ice sheet.

Dr. St. Germain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1993). She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy in 2013.

Abhinandan Arya is the Vice President, Head of Technology for Solutions at Synspective Inc., Japan and is leading the core solution research and development using the SAR satellite constellations.

Graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati in Electronics and Electrical with Computer Science and Engineering, he has worked in Research and Development with leading universities and MNCs in India, South Korea, and Japan.

Mr. Abhinandan has demonstrated research, and professional excellence throughout his career working with large corporations, like Vodafone Group, Tech Mahindra, and Rakuten Mobile as an Engineering Leader, and Technology Specialist.

Melba Crawford is the Nancy Uridil and Francis Bossu Professor at Purdue University, where she is a professor in the Schools of Civil Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Agronomy. Previously, she was an Engineering Foundation Endowed Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she founded an interdisciplinary research and applications development program in space-based and airborne remote sensing. Her research interests focus on development of methods in signal and image processing and their application to natural resource management, environmental monitoring, and agriculture. She is currently co-leading an initiative between the Purdue colleges of agriculture and engineering to develop sensing technologies to advance plant breeding and management practices in agriculture in response to climate change.

“Dr. Crawford has made outstanding contributions to algorithms for advancing analysis of remotely sensed data, and particularly for hyperspectral data. Her work in nonlinear feature extraction, transfer learning, and active learning for analysis of high dimensional remotely sensed data has been at the international frontier of the field for more than a decade,” nominators wrote in Crawford’s nomination. In recognition of her contributions, she received the IEEE GRSS David Landgrebe Award for research advances in image analysis (2021).

Dr. Crawford is a Fellow of the IEEE, Past President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, a former IEEE GRSS Distinguished Lecturer, and the previous Treasurer of the IEEE Technical Activities Board. She received the GRSS Outstanding Service Award in 2020.

Dr. Crawford has also helped shape the application of remote sensing through numerous advisory roles. She was a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. State Department, where she served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She advanced machine learning methodology in the applications community, co-leading DoE, NSF, and USDA funded research initiatives in earth and plant science. Dr. Crawford has also served in advisory roles on the NASA Earth System Science and Applications Committee, the NASA Earth Observing-1 Science Validation team, the NSF National Ecological Observatory Network Advisory Board, the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center Committee, and the IEEE Advisory Committee to the S. African Government on Human Capacity Development in Space Applications and Engineering.

William Deal is a Consulting Engineer and senior technologist with Northrop Grumman’s Space division in Redondo Beach, CA. Dr. Deal is Frequency Converter product champion for Northrop Grumman’s Common Space Vehicles and Payloads business area, as well as product champion for Northrop Grumman’s advanced Indium Arsenide Composite Channel MMIC nodes. Dr. Deal is currently the PI on the NASA ESTO SMICES, IRAST, and Ultra RF projects.

He was awarded the IEEE MTT-S “Distinguished Young Engineer” award in 2009 and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has served as Co-Editor for several IEEE Journals for a cumulative time of more than 12 years. Dr. Deal’s group has won “best paper” awards in the IEEE MWCL, EDL, and THz Transactions journals.

Dr. Deal received his PhD at UCLA in 2000. He worked for several startup companies before joining Northrop Grumman in 2003.

YP Breakfast Lecture Series

Exploring the Applications of Remote Sensing Technology

Join us for an unforgettable breakfast lecture series focused on the practical applications of geoscience and remote sensing technology!

Our distinguished speakers will provide valuable insights and perspectives into real-world applications of this powerful technology.

Engage with fellow students, young professionals, and experts through interactive lectures, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities - all while enjoying breakfast.

This event is open to all IGARSS attendees, regardless of age or professional status.

Whether you are seeking to explore different career paths or are interested in the latest advancements in remote sensing technology, our lectures offer practical knowledge and skills to help you advance in your field. Don't miss this chance to unlock the potential of remote sensing technology and create a positive impact on society.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!


As places are limited, we kindly advise you to register at your earliest convenience to ensure your attendance at these breakfast lectures.

One-day lecture: USD 5
3 days lectures: USD 10

Breakfast Lecture 1
Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Piazza Ballroom

“Cloud Practice, AI, Analytics, Data Visualization and Machine Learning”

Dr. Chris Mattmann, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO) at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

This lecture will focus on the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, cloud practice, data analytics and visualization, and machine learning. The lecture will also cover how NASA and JPL apply advanced technology in these fundamental topics to their missions.

Dr. Chris Mattmann is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and the Division Manager for the Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Development Organization in the Information Technology and Solutions Directorate (ITSD) at NASA JPL. Dr. Mattmann is also JPL's first Principal Scientist in the area of Data Science.

He contributes to open source as a Director at the Apache Software Foundation where he was one of the initial contributors to Apache Nutch as a member of its project management committee, the predecessor to the Apache Hadoop project. Dr. Mattmann is the progenitor of the Apache Tika framework, the digital "babel fish" and de-facto content analysis and detection framework that exists.

Dr. Mattmann is the Director of the Information Retrieval & Data Science (IRDS) group at USC and Adjunct Associate Professor. He teaches graduate courses in Content Detection & Analysis & in Search Engines & Information Retrieval. Mattmann has materially contributed to the understanding of the Deep Web and Dark Web through the DARPA MEMEX project. Mattmann's work helped uncover the Panama Papers scandal.

Breakfast Lecture 2
Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Piazza Ballroom


Dr. Robert Jarnot, Instrument Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Digital electronics and analog to digital converters are key to many remote sensing devices hence they play a critical role in providing scientific data as well as determining the quality and the structure of the data.

This lecture will focus on the key aspects of spectrometers by an expert in the field Dr. Robert Jarnot who has been the key engineer for many NASA and JPL missions that have been launched into space.

Breakfast Lecture 3
Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Piazza Ballroom


Dr. Shannon Brown, Principal Technologist and supervisor of the Microwave Instrument Science group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Radiometers have been a challenge to design them ultra-low noise, and ultra-stable for providing accurate and high-resolution data critical to scientific studies in many fields including atmospheric science, soil moisture, ocean salinity, and planetary observations.

This lecture will cover the fundamentals of passive receivers, challenges, and how to excel in the design, operation, and analysis of radiometers. Dr. Shannon Brown who is the lead of the Microwave Instrument Science Group at NASA JPL has played a key role in several successful NASA missions including but not limited to Juno Microwave Radiometer for Jupiter and the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) instrument currently operating on the International Space Station.

GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Final Program

Date: Thursday, 20 July, 08:30 - 09:30
Location: Sheraton Pasadena, Justine's Ballroom
  1. “SURFACE: Super Resolution for Agriculture”
    Valerio Marsocci
    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

  2. “Eyes on our Bogs!”
    Linda Toča
    The James Hutton Institute / University of Reading, UK

  3. “AI-Based Classification of Post-Disaster Building Damage with Remote Sensing Data”
    Chang Liu
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

  4. “Understanding Belizean Mangrove Valuation with Remote Sensing”
    Mira Kelly-Fair
    Boston University, USA

  5. “An Innovative Digital Concept to Enter a New era of Sustainable, Responsible and Healthy Travel”
    Lucille Alonso
    L&F EnviroConsulting, France

  6. “From Expertise to Public: Remote Sensing's Visual Alchemy for Sustainable Future”
    Danwei Lu
    Tsinghua University, China

  7. “SURGE: Sustainable Urban Remote Sensing with Deep Learning”
    Muhammad Salem
    Kyushu University, Japan

  8. “Identification of Potential Nodes for New Construction of Roads to Increase the Sustainability of Growing Cities”
    Sunni Kanta Prasad Kushwaha
    Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee, India

  9. “Object-Based Urban Trees Characterization with Airborne Lidar for Microclimate Simulation”
    Xihan Yao
    University of California, Berkeley, USA

  10. “DeepLCZChange: AI for Urban Climate Resilience”
    Conrad Albrecht
    German Aerospace Center, Germany

Are you a young professional interested in tackling sustainability challenges using remote sensing technologies? If so, we have an exciting new competition for you! IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is pleased to introduce the "GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Remote Sensing" competition, designed to challenge participants to develop innovative and effective solutions to pressing environmental issues.

The competition will take place in an elevator pitch format, with participants having only one minute to capture the attention of judges with their innovative ideas. All students and young professionals attending IGARSS 2023 are eligible to participate.

The topics for proposed solutions can relate to deforestation and forest degradation, climate change, agriculture and food security, water resource management, natural disaster response and management, urbanization and land use change, and energy resource management. However, this list is not exhaustive - we welcome all innovative ideas related to leveraging remote sensing technologies to tackle sustainability challenges.

To enter, simply submit an abstract of 400-500 words that clearly describes the problem at hand, why it's important to tackle that problem, current practices used to solve the problem, the proposed solution, and how it aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entries will be evaluated based on

  • The clarity and innovation of the idea
  • Relevance of proposed solution with sustainable development
  • Costeffectiveness and reproducibility of the proposed solution
  • Generalizability of the proposed solution from local to global level

After Phase I, 10 innovators will be selected to compete in the Phase II which will take place live at IGARSS 2023.

Three winners will be selected by the judging panelists based on the criterion mentioned above, and awarded cash money of 500$, 300$, and 200$ and certificates.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas to bring your solutions to life! Submit your abstracts by June 10, 2023, through this form.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send us an email at

Timeline of the competition

By June 10, 2023Abstract submission via Google Form for Phase I of the competition.
June 23, 2023Announcement of selected innovators for Phase II.
July 20, 2023, 08:30 - 09:30GeoPitch live competition and announcement of the winners.