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   William Farrand
   Research Scientist
Space Science Institute
Boulder, Colorado
United States Of America
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High School: West Morris Central, Chester,  NJ
B.A. in Geology, Franklin and Marshall College
M.S. in Geosciences, University of Arizona
Ph.D. in Geosciences, University of Arizona

Background Information
I have worked extensively in terrestrial remote sensing as well as in the field of planetary science. I received a Ph.D. in the Geosciences with a Minor in Remote Sensing from the University of Arizona in 1991. I have worked in both academic and commercial environments. I worked three years for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) under contract to the government on the Hyperspectral Digital Imagery Collection Experiment (HYDICE). After leaving SAIC, I worked on several commercial hyperspectral remote sensing projects and was a key player in helping Earth Search Sciences, Inc. in the early validation and operation of their Probe-1 hyperspectral sensor. I have also been very active in working with data from the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor missions and am now a science team member for the Mars Exploration Rover mission. I have worked with data from a large number of multi- and hyperspectral sensors including Landsat Thermal Mapper, AVIRIS (Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer) , HYDICE, Probe-1, and Ikonos. I am an expert in the application of advanced processing techniques to hyperspectral data sets. Specifically I have worked with and published on the application of Spectral Mixture Analysis and related techniques such as Orthogonal Subspace Projection and Constrained Energy Minimization to multi- and hyperspectral datasets.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

As a graduate student, I became involved in studying possible analogs for Martian surface materials. Specifically, I was looking at basaltic ashes and tuffs produced by the interactions of magma with surface or near surface water and was examining their reflectance properties in the visible and near infrared. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section I am an avid rock climber. I got started in climbing when I was a grad student at the University of Arizona and have been at it ever since. I have climbed at crags all over the U.S. and at some foreign locales as well. [more personal reflections ...]