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Nerem, Robert Steven Professor

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  • Dr. Nerem's research is focused on measuring changes in the Earth using satellite measurements. He has used satellite altimeter measurements to measure sea level change as well as satellite gravity measurements to measure changes in the distribution of water and ice on the Earth. He is considered one of the leading experts on observations of sea level change. He is also active in projects exploring applications of GPS, as well as innovative uses of astrodynamics and precision orbit determination.

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  • Satellite geodesy, gravity field determination, sea level change, crustal motion, astrodynamics, orbit determination

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  • ASEN 3200 - Orbital Mechanics/Attitude Dynamics and Control
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Presents the fundamentals of orbital mechanics, 3D rigid body dynamics and satellite attitude dynamics and controls. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 5307 - Engineering Data Analysis Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Gives students broad exposure to a variety of traditional and modern statistical methods for filtering and analyzing data. Topics include estimation methods, principal component analyses and spectral analyses. Introduces these methods and provides practical experience with their use. Students carry out problem assignments.
  • ASEN 6070 - Satellite Geodesy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Focuses on the measurement of the Earth's gravitational field, rotational characteristics, and shape using Earth and space-based tracking of artificial satellites. Particular emphasis on satellite altimetry and satellite gravity measurements. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 3200 or equivalent or instructor consent required.
  • ASTR 6620 - Earth and Planetary Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers space and surface geodetic techniques as well as potential theory. Other topics are the definition and geophysical interpretation of the geoid and of surface gravity anomalies; isostasy; post-glacial rebound; and tides and the rotation of the Earth. Same as GEOL 6620 and PHYS 6620.
  • COEN 3210 - Climate Change and Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores the fundamentals of climate change science, but from an engineering perspective. After learning the fundamentals, the relationship between climate change and different engineering disciplines will be discussed. Topics covered include geoengineering, renewable energy, sustainable engineering, coastal engineering, building design, etc. Career options and entrepreneurial opportunities will also be discussed.
  • GEOL 6620 - Earth and Planetary Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Offered alternate years. Covers space and surface geodetic techniques as well as potential theory. Other topics are the definition and geophysical interpretation of the geoid and of surface gravity anomalies; isostasy; post-glacial rebound; and tides and the rotation of the Earth. Same as ASTR 6620 and PHYS 6620.

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