William J. Emery William J. Emery
Professor Emeritus
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0431
Office: ECNT 220
Phone: (303) 492-8591

Research Interests

Study of ocean surface processes such as sea surface temperature, ocean color, surface currents, coastal satellite altimetry. The development of processing software for operational weather satellites. Study of high-resolution satellite imagery for urban change detection and mapping of disaster effects. Application of high and moderate resolution satellite imagery to the study of terrestrial vegetation and its variations. Using very-high spatial resolution satellite imagery to study road surface condition changes and other urban effects.


Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 1975
B.S. cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1971

Professional Experience

1987-present, Professor, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado
June 2006, Adjunct Professor in Informatics, Tor Vergata Univ., Rome
1978-1986, Associate Professor, Oceanography, University of British Columbia
1976-1978, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Awards (selected)

Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2012
Fellow American Astronautical Society, 2011
CU Engineering Deans Faculty Fellowship 2011
Fellow American Meteorological Society Fellow, 2009
Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Research Award, 2009
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Outstanding Service Award 2009
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Education Award 2004
IEEE Fellow (2002)
CU Engineering College Research Excellence Award, 2001
IEEE/GRS Outstanding Reviewer Award (1998)
Visiting Fellow of the Australian Earth Observation Center (EOC) (1997-98)
NASA Group Achievement Award, TOPEX/Poseidon Verification Team (1996)
GFSC Group Achievement Award for GSFC DAAC (1995)
GSFC Group Achievement Award, EOSDIS V0 (1995)
Distinguished Lecturer Award, Inst. Indus. Sci, Univ. of Tokyo (1995)
Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, J. Geophys. Res. (1993)
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (1990)
NASA/JPL TOPEX Team Award (1980-85)