Research Opportunities

The University of Houston's Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences graduate research program and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, funded by the National Science Foundation, have funding available for multiple M.S. and Ph.D. students. Research facilities available to GSES students include state‐of‐the‐art instruments and software, including a full-waveform multispectral (NIR and green) airborne lidar unit, airborne hyperspectral imager, and twin-engine aircraft. We are looking for qualified candidates who are interested in research in the following areas:

  1. Design, development, and testing of next-generation lidar, digital image, and hyperspectral sensors.
  2. Research applications of airborne and terrestrial lidar observations, particularly when combined with high-resolution digital imagery and hyperspectral observations.
  3. Study of satellite altimetry (radar/laser) for applications in hydrology, glaciology, geodynamics, and sea-level change.
  4. Applications of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), airborne lidar, and GPS in natural hazards studies and mitigation.
  5. Applications of airborne remote sensing techniques in geomorphology, climate study, hydrology, and tectonics.

Students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, geomatics, geosciences, physics, astronomy, computer sciences, or geography interested in the GSES program are encouraged to inquire via email at gses_grad [at] Prospective students must provide appropriate GRE scores (GRE and TOEFL scores for international students) for admission to the GSES graduate program. Funding is available for start dates in both the Fall and Spring semesters. The deadline for admission for the Fall semester is February 1st, and the Spring deadline is September 1st. The application process and forms can be found on the Civil & Environmental Engineering website.