Graduate Study in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Certificate Program in Remote Sensing

Remote sensing refers to a means of investigating the properties of a target using measurements made at some distance from the target. Applications range from astronomy and environmental applications to medical radiography and automotive collision avoidance radars, as well as security-enhancing sensors. In the last three decades, sensing of the Earth and its atmosphere has increased very substantially because of climate change and global pollution concerns and because of the need for measurements to support the increasingly sophisticated weather and earthquake forecasting and oil and gas surveying capabilities.

Students completing the master's or doctoral degree requirements of the Schools listed below may be awarded a Remote Sensing Certificate. The primary administration of the certificate is through Dr. Irina Sokolik of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Departmental contacts are listed below:

Aerospace Engineering: Dr. Robert Braun
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Dr. Manos Tentzeris
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: Dr. Irina Sokolik
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Dr. Michael Bergin
Chemistry and Biochemistry: Dr. Thomas Orlando
City Planning: Dr. Steven French

The courses that would be used to satisfy the requirements of this certificate have been divided into two areas:

  1. First, a group of core courses that cover both fundamentals and applications of remote sensing;
  2. Second, elective courses that cover a range of courses that cover fundamental physics, data analysis methods, and application areas.

A total of twelve credit hours are required to obtain the certificate, including at least two core courses. Nine of the credit hours must be at the 6000 level or above.

Area 1: Core Courses

CP 6531Intro to Remote Sensing3
EAS 4430Remote Sensing&Data Anly3
EAS 4460Satellite & Radar Met3
EAS 6145Remote Sens Atmos&Oceans3

 Area 2: Electives

AE 6353Orbital Mechanics (AE 6353 is a pre-requisite for AE 6354)3
AE 6354Adv Orbital Mechanics3
CEE 6222Hydrometeorology3
CEE 6462Signals&Inverse Problems3
CEE 6483Geo Spatial Image Analy3
CP 6521Advanced GIS3
EAS 4510Exploration Geophysics3
EAS 4520Exploration Seismology3
EAS 6134Inverse Methods in EAS3
EAS 8803Special Topics (may be taught as Atmospheric Radiative Transfer)3
EAS 8803Special Topics (may be taught as Optical Techniques in Atmospheric Sensing)3
ECE 6272Fund-Radar Signal Proces3
ECE 6780Medical Image Processing3
ECE 7370Antennas/Waves in Matter3

Courses in Development

AE/EAS 4XXX: Designing a UAV for Remote Sensing Applications - This course is currently being planned and EAS recently received a NASA grant to provide education in this subject area.

EAS 6XXX: Earth Science/Geological Applications of Remote Sensing - A new faculty member in EAS geodetic remote sensing will be creating this course. It probably will include Global Positioning System (GPS) applications

Other new courses on remote sensing may qualify as electives for this certificate with approval by the Remote Sensing Certificate, Dr. Irina Sokolik.


Students may choose to pursue graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, the European campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Metz, France. Undergraduate programs are also offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. In addition to courses taught in English by regular Georgia Tech faculty, students also may participate in courses and academic programs offered by partner French universities.