UH NCALM/Geosensing Systems Engineering Hires Two New Professors

July 10, 2011

Dr. Guoquan Wang joins NCALM and the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences as an assistant professor. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. (2001) in Solid Earth Geophysics from the Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration. He was an Assistant Professor of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez from August 2006 to August 2011 and tenured on July 1, 2011. He and his colleagues established the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Real-Time High-Rate GPS Network, which has become an infrastructure for multi-hazards (e.g., earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, landslide, subsidence) study and structural health monitoring in this region.

Dr. Wang is a Co-PI of the Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONET), an NSF funded instrumentation project with the mission of installing 50 new permanent GPS stations and refurbishing 50 existing stations in the Caribbean and Caribbean-border nations in five years (2011-2016). His most recent research interests focus on the applications of high-precision GPS and LiDAR technologies in geological hazards study.

Dr. Hyongki Lee joins NCALM and the Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences program at the University of Houston as a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Lee is a geodesist and earned his Ph.D. (2008) in Geodetic Science from Ohio State University. He received his B.Sc. (2000) and M.Sc. (2002) in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea. His doctoral dissertation focused on satellite radar altimetry and its applications on terrestrial surfaces.

After his graduation, Dr. Lee continued to work at the School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Scientist for three years. He has been working on various disciplines of Earth sciences using satellite altimetry, gravimetry, and synthetic aperture radar measurements, publishing more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles. His recent research interests include monitoring natural hazards such as flood, drought, hurricane, and tsunami using satellite geodetic observations, towards their potential warning and disaster loss mitigation.