2016 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program winners announced

2016 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program winners announced
February 25, 2016

Seven students awarded use of high-performance ASD spectrometers to analyze research projects

BOULDER, Colo. – Feb. 25, 2016 – ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, a global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions today announced the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Programaward recipients for 2016.

Seven students were selected from a group of applicants that reflect the scientific diversity and innovation the Goetz Program has fostered since its inception.

These student researchers will have access to the most advanced spectroscopy tools available. The Goetz Program will provide them with temporary use of instrumentation including the industry-standard FieldSpec® 4 spectroradiometer and the HandHeld 2 portable spectroradiometer.

Recipients of the 2016 Goetz Instrument Support Program award and their research topics include:

Darian Dixon, M.Sc. Candidate

  • Institution: Geology Department, Western Washington University
  • Proposal Title: "Constraining Hydrated Mineral Detection Thresholds for the Mastcam-Z Instrument in Development for the NASA Mars-2020 Rover"

Leslie Forero, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: Wildland Resources Department and Ecology Center, Utah State University
  • Proposal Title: "Using NDVI to strengthen plant growth models"

Gabriel Lewis, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College
  • Proposal Title: "Geophysical Investigation of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance by Light Absorbing Impurity and Albedo Measurements"

Joaquín Muñoz-Cobo Belart, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: Earth Sciences Institute, University of Iceland
  • Proposal Title: "Environmental Mapping and Monitoring of Iceland by Remote Sensing"

Milad Niroumand Jadidi, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
  • Proposal Title: "Rivers Hydro-Morphological Characterization from High Resolution Remotely Sensed Data"

Nicolas Raab, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Proposal Title: "Assessing non structural carbohydrates (NSCs) concentration evolution in leaves throughout the season with spectroscopy"

Aadit Shrestha, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Institution: Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University
  • Proposal Title: "Automation of Red Raspberry Pruning and Bundling"

This is the tenth year of the program, which encourages novel, unconventional and fundamental research. The program is named for ASD Inc. co-founder Dr. Alexander Goetz, who is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of remote sensing and imaging spectrometry and developed some of the first field portable instruments.


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