Professor Jeffrey Thayer
Dr. Thayer is a Full Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Chief Technology Officer at ASTRALiTe, Inc. He holds US and European patents related to lidar technologies and has over 25 years of experience in lidar remote sensing instrumentation and analysis applied to studies of the atmosphere, near space, and most recently topographic and aquatic environments. He has published over 110 journal articles and has given many seminars and invited talks.
The Active Remote Sensing Lab in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado was developed by Professor Thayer to support lidar development and system builds. Several lidars (of various types including: Rayleigh-Mie-Resonance-Raman-Polarization) have been built in the lab and deployed to remote locations, such as Greenland, and on aircraft, such as the NASA DC-8 and the NCAR GV aircraft. For the past 9 years he has been the Director of the NSF Consortium of Resonance and Rayleigh Lidars involving 5 field sites and 4 universities. Professor Thayer has supervised 12 PhD students, 8 Masters students, three post-doctorates, and numerous undergraduates since joining the faculty at CU in 2004. Prior to arriving at CU, Professor Thayer was a research physicist at SRI International and PI and Co-I of numerous projects.
Professor Thayer has also been recognized for his outstanding research and teaching at CU receiving: Negler Professorship (2017), CU Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research (2016), Aerospace Department’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award (2015), Distinguished Alumni Award SUNY Oneonta (2015), College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2012), Roubos Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellowship (2012).