- Ph.D. Electrical Engineering -  Magna Cum Laude 
  The 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 at Mayaguez
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FACULTY PROFILE: 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.  

 Member of:

  • The National Academies-Committee for Radio Frequencies (CORF)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
  • IEEE Senior member
  • IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society (Newsletter Associate Editor)

Founder and Director of:


  • Applied Electromagnetics Commitee (current President)
  • Personnel Commitee
  • ABET 2000 Acreditation Commitee
  • Library Committee (1994-2005)

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