Welcome new Professor of Geospatial Engineering
UNSW Civil & Environmental Engineering is delighted to announce that Professor Nancy Glenn has joined the School to lead our surveying and geospatial group as Professor of Geospatial Engineering. Nancy is an expert in remote sensing of the environment, dryland ecology and geological engineering, and an innovative researcher and leader in multidisciplinary projects.
Most of her research is focused in dryland ecosystems and understanding how these ecosystems respond to changes in climate and disturbance. Her current research focuses on soil and vegetation characterization with lidar and imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral) for ecological structure and function, and modelling.
Nancy comes to Sydney from the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University, Idaho. Her research at Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) focused on methodological development of point cloud analysis tools, hyperspectral data fusion, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Most recently, she expanded research to incorporate the human dimension. Professor Glenn was a Founding Director of the Human-Environment Systems Initiative, an intensive research effort at Boise State University that couples the human and biophysical sciences.
An award-winning researcher, Professor Glenn has won over $US25 million in research grant funding. She is also a Licensed Professional US engineer.
Professor Glenn’s experience in remote sensing processing and interpretation ranges from synthetic aperture radar (SAR), hyperspectral, multitemporal multispectral, and lidar (airborne laser scanning (ALS), and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS)). Her work also incorporates visualization, geostatistics, machine learning, high resolution global positioning systems (GPS) and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for field validation and analysis of spectroscopy, ALS, and TLS data.
We are delighted to have a scholar of her standing and vision join us, and hope that we can both benefit from and support Professor Glenn’s extensive expertise and innovative research projects.