Marv Kleine 8/26 Lockheed Martin Overview
Marv is the Chief Technologist for Lockheed Martin, ISR Systems, working on
Special Programs. Marv has 22 years experience in Sensor Processing. Marv is an
“AZ award winner in 1997, recognized for conceptualizing and developing technical
innovations for Special Programs which have proven to be on the leading-edge of
technology” : M&DS Fellows Program, Established in 1993 to enhance the
“technical” career path, Existing fellows make recommendations, & Final decision by
president of M&DS.
Received his PhD from ASU in 1994 studying Astrophysics
Received his Master’s Degree from ASU in 1981
John Schneider 9/2 History of RADAR
John Schneider is a Senior Radar Systems Engineer for the Lockheed Martin Corporation
Management and Data Systems facility in Goodyear, AZ. Mr. Schneider was a 1985
graduate of the University of Akron BSEE program. He has since been employed at the
Lockheed Martin Goodyear facility (formerly owned by Goodyear Aerospace and, later,
by Loral Defense Systems). Mr. Schneider has over 18 years experience in design,
development, integration, flight testing, and data processing for synthetic aperture radar
systems and their associated systems. In his spare time, Mr. Schneider is a musician,
plays basketball and soccer, and watches way too much television.
Dan Cable 9/9 Physics of SAR
Attended ASU as physics graduate student: 1970 - 1976. Used just one resume for
Goodyear Aerospace, bought by Loral, bought by Lockheed Martin. Never moved or
changed jobs once. The work was so exciting I ran to work! Spent 25 years with the
company, now retired, but am still consulting with Lockheed on multiple advanced
Specialized in Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Formation Processing Algorithm
Development. Never did the same thing twice, and had a ball doing it.
Francisco Rojas 9/23 MTF analysis of the MODIS sensor MTF
analysis of the MODIS sensor on the TERRA on the TERRA satellite
1992 BSEE, Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas at
El Paso in El Paso, TX.
1994 MSEE New Mexico State University, MSEE in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
2002 Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering and minoring in Remote
Sensing, University of Arizona in Tucson.
Completed the International Space University, Multi-Disciplinary Space
Studies in Barcelona, Spain. Area of emphasis in satellite applications.
In 1999 attended the NASA Goddard High Performance Computational Earth and
Space Sciences workshop in Greenbelt, Maryland.
1991–2002 Part-time Member of Technical Staff with the Planetary Radar Group
at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Ca
1994-1996 was a Senior Programmer with the Accugraph Corporation
1996–2002 Research Assistant at the University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
2002-present, Senior Research Engineer, Lockheed Martin Management and Data
Active member of IEEE and SPIE
North Larsen 9/30 Radiative Transfer
Lockheed Martin, Management and Data Systems, Phoenix, AZ: Research and IRAD
Eastman Kodak Company, Commercial and Government Systems, Rochester, NY:
Proposal, grant, and white paper writing, radiometry, radiative transfer simulations,
cloud detection research, and atmospheric correction algorithms. Multi and
Hyperspectral remote sensing efforts.
Raytheon Systems Company, Information Technology and Scientific Services,
Lanham, MD: National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System
(NPOESS). Developed algorithms to retrieve Environmental Data Records for
government contractor. Development of the winning VIIRS Sensor for NPOESS
program. Remote sensing algorithms in cloud detection, imagery, cloud properties,
and surface snow/ice retrievals. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document writing.
Coordinated team of 7 contracted scientists across America to develop cloud,
snow/ice, and radiative transfer algorithm products. Using MAS multi-spectral data
and radiative transfer code simulated cloud and surface scenes to test algorithm
capabilities. Participated in FIRE-ACE NASA field campaign in Alaska. Presented
work to government at numerous meetings.
University Space Research Associates NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD Visiting
Scientist :Collaborative research on cloud masking globally using MAS
(multispectral), AVIRIS (hyperspectral), AVHRR, and LIDAR data.
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
Radiative Transfer, Multi and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Cloud detection, Cloud
Imagery, Imagery, Surface reflective properties, Atmospheric Physics, DISORT,
LOWTRAN, MODTRAN, VIIRS cloud and snow/ice retrieval algorithms, MODIS
Persuing on a PhD. Atmospheric Science (University of Alaska) expected completion
in next year
M.S. Atmospheric Science (University of Alaska) 1994, B.S. Physics (The Evergreen
State College) 1990
Rod Pickens 10/7 Image Processing Science Intro: Jay
MSEE in 1984 from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington
BS Biology in 1980 with a minor in Math at Western State College in Colorado
1995 to present: Lockheed Martin in Phoenix, Arizona Research Engineer
1984 to 1995: Texas Instruments Defense Group in Dallas, Texas
Research Lab in Image Processing for Image Understanding
Gary Mastin 10/14 Ground Processing
Gary Mastin was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. He attended Ottawa University in
Ottawa, Kansas where he graduated with a BA degree in Physics in 1976. In 1977, Gary
completed a MS degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri –
Columbia. It was at the University of Missouri that Gary was introduced to the emerging
field of digital image processing. From 1977 through 1979, Gary worked for the
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) in Ann Arbor where he was
involved with early work in synthetic aperture radar digital image processing. Gary left
the ERIM in 1979 to pursue a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Following the completion of his Ph.D. in Engineering Science in 1983, Gary accepted a
position at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. At Sandia, Gary worked
as a lab-wide consultant and researcher in digital image processing. His image
processing tasks included shock wave physics, inertial confinement fusion, synthetic
aperture radar, weapons manufacturing quality control, accelerator diagnostics, and arms
control and treaty verification, just to name a few. During this time, Gary also did some
work for the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA through the Defense Intelligence
Agency, for the FBI regarding bank robberies and drug smuggling, and he testified as an
expert witness in a criminal trial. During his Sandia tenure, Gary published over 25
technical papers. Gary came to Phoenix in 1993 to work in synthetic aperture radar
applications and parallel computing architectures, starting with Loral Defense Systems
and continuing with Lockheed Martin when Loral and Lockheed Martin merged. Gary is
a Principal Engineer and is currently leading algorithm development tasks.
Howard Mendelson 10/21 MTI/STAP
Received B.S in physics from The Cooper Union, N.Y., N.Y. 1973
Received M.S. in applied Mathematics from Rutgers, University New Brunswick NJ 1977
Received Ph.D. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 1986
Dr. Mendelson has more than 22 years of experience in dealing with ESM and radar-
related signal processing, detection, and parameter estimation problems. As a member of
technical staff at Atlantic Aerospace electronics Corp, he was responsible for
development of advanced signal processing techniques for MTI radar, passive target
detection, maximum likelihood angle of arrival (AOA) estimation, and interpolation
algorithms and application of wavelets for noise reduction and detection.
As Staff Scientist at Litton Systems, Inc., Dr. Mendelson was responsible for analysis,
simulation, and design of advanced ESM and radar signal processing algorithms. He
developed new clutter suppression and CFAR algorithms which led to award of Air Force
contracts from both Wright and Rome Labs to investigate new signal processing and
tracking algorithms for airborne fire control and surveillance radars. Dr. Mendelson
served as principal investigator and program manager for algorithm development
program and successful effort for Rome Labs to develop and test super resolution
As member of technical staff at AT&T, Dr. Mendelson was responsible for investigation
and development of spectral estimation techniques and mathematical analysis of linear
and non-linear system behavior.
As member of senior staff at Technology Service Corporation, Dr. Mendelson served as
principal investigator in an effort to develop, test, and compare adaptive learning
networks as target/interference discriminators in a multisensor environment.
As Principal Member of Technical Staff at Litton Systems, Inc., Amecom Div., Dr.
Mendelson supervised an effort to develop a method to filter multipath interference in
order to predict aoa of incoming radar signals using RF interferometer. He also served as
task leader for design and implementation of digital COMINT system and task leader for
development and test of matched filter detection and tracking algorithm for non-
cooperative bistatic radar problem.
Dr. Mendelson has also served as an instructor of undergraduate mathematics at North
Carolina State University.
Eric Smith 10/28 On Board Processing
J. Eric Smith
Born in Bagiou City, Philippines
BS in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1981
MBA from The American Graduate School of International Management in 2000
Program Manager Space-based Radar / Onboard Processing
Chung-Fu Chang 11/4 Spec. Processing Algorithms
PhD, Biophysics, University of California at Berkeley, 1983
BS, Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1974.
Principal Systems Engineer/ Program Principal Investigator
Functional lead of the ATR section of seven senior engineers; involving capturing
contractual research & development (CRAD) projects and developing technologies for
Dr. Chang is experienced in the computer image processing, 3-D image reconstruction.
He has broad training of physical principles and various imaging sensors, including
electron scattering, electron imaging, X-ray microanalysis and electron-energy loss
spectroscopy, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Since he joined Lockheed Martin in
1987, he has acquired extensive experience in SAR phenomenology, automatic target
recognition (ATR) of SAR imagery (multiple frequency, multiple polarization, 3-D
interferometry, Special SAR Products), fingerprint classification and medical image
analyses. Dr. Chang is one of the original developers of Bayesian Neural Networks
Dr. Chang is well recognized in the science community outside the Lockheed Martin
Corporation. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and he is in Who’s Who in Science and
Engineering (1999) and is being nominated to Who’s Who in America (2000). He has
two patents on the commercial applications of technologies developed for military
In 1996, he was the principal scientist of Automated Medical Image Quality Assurance
program. He developed algorithms to perform automated medical image quality
assurance and applied military ATR technology to medical imagery for software product.
From 1993 to 1995, He was a project engineer of 3-D Interferometric SAR (3DIFSAR)
program and directed a technical team to develop ATR algorithms utilizing the height
information provided by interferometric SAR data. In 1994, he was the principal
investigator of Automated Fingerprint Pattern Classification IRAD project. From 1990
to 1994, Dr. Chang was the technical lead of Automatic Target Detection (ATD) concept
development of Concealed Target Detection (CTD) program. From 1987 to 1990, he is
involved in the development of the Bayesian Neural Network for SAR ATR.
Dr. Chang published 18 papers and holds two US patents on medical image processing
algorithm and fingerprint pattern classification algorithm.
Randy Thompson 11/11 Wavelets
Dr. Thompson attended the University of Missouri, studying theoretical
physics and mathematics, with an emphasis on direct and inverse scattering
theory as well as information theory and signal processing. His dissertation was
entitled ³Some Applications of Wavelets to Physics², and he received his PhD
degree in 1992.
After escaping school, Dr. Thompson spent 4 years at Brooks Air Force Base,
San Antonio TX, where he was involved with mathematical modeling of
relativistic systems and laser physics.
In 1996, Dr. Thompson joined Lockheed Martin to work on algorithm
development for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data processing.
Hobbies include entertaining his two young daughters (ages 1 and 3) and
internet game programming for the Macintosh and Windows platforms.