Andrew J. Blanchard

GRSS President 1994-1995

Andrew J. Blanchard received a B.S. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1972, an M.S. degree from Colorado State University in 1974, and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, College Station in 1977, all in electrical engineering.

Before joining UTD, he was employed in academia, worked in industry, and was a consultant to government and industry, managing multi-million dollar programs. He has held full professorships with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a research engineer recognized as a research fellow for outstanding research performance for three years with the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. From 1977 to 1979 he was Group Supervisor of the Remote Sensing Group in the Exploration Research Division of Conoco, Inc., Ponca City, OK. From 1989 to 1995 he worked with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), serving as the Director of the Strategic Technology and Research Center (STAR Center). From 1995 to 2000 he was employed as the Director of Research and Budget for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also served as Vice President of Technology, at Clean Earth Technologies, where he was responsible for building programs in sensor systems, imaging and network technologies, and weapons and sensor data links. From 2004 until 2018 he served as the Vice Provost of the University of Texas at Dallas, Dean of Undergraduate Education, Vice President of Information Technology, and since his retirement in 2019, as Professor Emeritus.

His areas of technical specialization include mathematical modeling of electromagnetic phenomena; RF systems theory and design, radar system and antenna analysis; Radar Cross Section theory and measurements, tomographic imaging (microwave, optical and acoustic), and electro-optical system design and modeling.  His recent research includes modeling, designing and testing 400 GHz antenna structures integrated into C-MOS electronics devices.

Dr. Blanchard is a member of The Electromagnetics Society, URSI Commission F, and IEEE Geoscience Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He also served as Chair of the GRSS Senior Council. He is affiliated with AGU, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, ASEE and Tau Beta Pi. In 1986 he received the Eta Kappa Nu MacDonald Award as the “Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor in the United States of America.” He is a registered engineer in the State of Texas, No. 48445 and an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Life Fellow.  His contributions to the IEEE GRSS AdCom since becoming a member in 1986 include eNewsletter Editor-in-Chief, Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Treasurer, Vice President, President and Chair of Strategic Planning for the Society. Dr. Blanchard was the 1996 recipient of the IEEE GRSS Outstanding Service Award and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. (Date: Jan. 2024)

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