- Ph.D. Electrical Engineering - Magna Cum Laude
Pennsylvania State University
- MS. Electrical Engineering - Magna Cum Laude
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- B.S. Electrical Engineering - Magna Cum Laude
University of Puerto Rico
Prof. Sandra L. Cruz Pol
Dr. Cruz-Pol obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the
Pennsylvania State University, at the
Communications and Space Sciences Lab. There she concentrated in the area of microwave remote sensing, specifically in the Microwave Atmospheric Absorption near the 22 GHz water vapor resonance line, and studies of the microwave sea surface brightness temperature seen from space over calm ocean.
Her MS degree was from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, while working at the
Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory where she worked with Phase errors for Polarimetric Radars. She designed and implemented hardware modifications to a C-band radar system that measured ocean wind surface currents. She also developed software to analyze polarimetric data from the HP8510B Network Analyzer Based scatterometer
and for an FM-CW 35 GHz radar.
She is a faculty member at UPRM since 1991 where she is currently a Professor. UPRM is the largest hispanic Engineering College and the seventh largest Engineering College in the US. With close to 40% women, UPRM has the highest percentage of female undergraduate engineering student in the nation.
Dr. Cruz-Pol research has been sponsored by NSF, NASA, IBM and IAP within the microwave remote sensing area including an Engineering Research Center (ERC) for
Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere.,
for which she is PI at UPRM (See CASA) In the
two projects sponsored by NASA under the Tropical Center for Earth and Space Sciences (TCESS)and
FAR (Faculty Award for Research), she worked in the radio path delay algorithm calibration using Topex/Poseidon satellite data together with ancillary data. In addition, she worked in the retrieval of multidimensional cloud liquid water content images using a dual-frequency millimeter-wave (W and Ka-Bands) Cloud Profiling Radar System (CPRS) in a joint project with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL).
She teaches courses in the area of Applied Electromagnetics including Antenna Theory, Electromagnetic Theory, Microwave Engineering and Microwave Remote Sensing,
among others. Her research interests include remote sensing of natural phenomena, modeling of the microwave atmospheric absorption, and X-band weather radar networks.
Dr. Cruz Pol is a member of the Committee for Radio Frequency
(CORF) of the
National Academies and is a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and of the Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.
She is currently the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GR&S Newsletter.
She was the counselor for the student chapter of the IEEE in UPRM, the largest
in Region 9. She was also the advisor for the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor
Society at UPRM. She is founder and director of the
UNCEF Campus Initiative at UPRM since 2002. She has been recipient of NASA, GEM, NFS-GEE and GTE Fellowships and the GEM mentorship Award. She was selected Outstanding Professor of the Year from the ECE department on 2003 and received the NASA Faculty Award for Research in 2001. In addition she has experience coordinating the Educational and Outreach component on two Engineering Research Centers from NSF.
She founded the green campus initiative (Campus
Verde) at UPRM in 2007.
The National Academies-Committee for Radio
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
IEEE Senior member
IEEE Geoscience & Remote
Sensing Society (Newsletter Associate Editor)
Founder and Director
- Applied Electromagnetics Commitee
- Personnel Commitee
- ABET 2000 Acreditation Commitee
- Library Committee (1994-2005)