David B. Pollock

Associate Research Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.,
The University of Alabama in Huntsville,
Huntsville, AL 35899

Phone: (256) 824-2514    Fax: (256) 824-6618      email: pollockd@email.uah.edu


MS (Optical Sciences), University of Arizona, 1983

MS (Physics), University of Louisville, 1962


Research Interests

Mr. Pollock has had a long, productive career in remote sensing. His broad responsibilities have been the optical-mechanical-cryogenic-electronic-nuclear hardening, development, design, fabrication, assembly and test of optical systems and components. The optical components are for use with light beams whose energy density ranges from less than a pico-watt per centimeter square, the thermal emission from 300 Kelvin objects, to greater than a giga-watt, the prompt radiation from exo-atmospheric nuclear events. The work has included the radiometric and the goniometric calibration of cryogenic long wavelength infrared remote sensors, their calibrators, ground-based airborne and exo-atmospheric and nuclear debris radiation shields for infrared detectors. He has been on the engineering staffs of Rockwell International and Teledyne Brown Engineering. In his present position as Associate Research Professor he is active in developing remote sensors for the measurement of transient induced flow in miscible fluids in a micro-gravity environment and the development of high accuracy remote sensing standards. The fluid flow work is for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the remote sensor calibration standards work is in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, the Missile Defense Agency, NOAA, NASA and the remote sensing science community. Active support of the annual Remote Sensing Calibration Conference is by paper contribution, session chair and conference content selection. Recently, as the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Data Certification and Technology Transfer team and as a member of the Principal Investigators Executive Committee for the successful Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) Program, his responsibilities were for the certification of the Virtual Level 2 data produced by the MSX Spacecrafts' suite of eleven Radiometric and Spectro-photometric Imagers. Specific responsibilities included the pointing and alignment of all the instruments and the calibration and data reduction processes for nine of the suite of eleven instruments, the Ultra-violet Visible Imaging Spectrometers and Imagers (UVISI). The satellite produced a nominal 8 giga Bytes of science data a day after its launch April 24, 1996.


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