Dr. Carl F. Schueler
President
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Area of Expertise:
Visible and IR Systems , Remote Sensing , Fourier optics , Defense systems , Satellite imaging , System engineering
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Profile Summary

MS & Ph.D. (1980) Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), University of California Santa Barbara, Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow; BS & MS Physics & Astronomy Louisiana State University
1973 Astrophysics Professor, Planetarium Director, Troy State University
1973-75 Staff Engineer, Hughes Aircraft Company (Guided missile electronics)
1980-1991 ECE Adjunct Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
1981-1986 Senior Scientist, Hughes Aircraft Santa Barbara Research Center
1986-1988 Director, Institute for Technology Development Space Remote Sensing Center, Stennis Space Center
1988-1997 Manager New Business, Hughes Aircraft Santa Barbara Research Center
1997-2006 Principal Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing
1996-2002 Technical Director, Visible Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) (Patented constant resolution)
2001-2006 Technical Director, Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS)
2007-2012 Technical lead, Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) unsolicited proposal, CHIRP Chief Scientist, Orbital Sciences Corporation
2013 President Schueler Consulting, Santa Barbara
Publications (18)

Proceedings Article | 19 September 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9977, Remote Sensing System Engineering VI
KEYWORDS: Infrared imaging, MODIS, Imaging systems, Sensors, Calibration, Image resolution, Infrared radiation, Radiometry, Spatial resolution, Infrared telescopes

Proceedings Article | 19 September 2016 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing
KEYWORDS: Signal to noise ratio, Optical filters, Sensors, Satellites, Image resolution, Ocean optics, Charge-coupled devices, Spatial resolution, Space operations, Optics manufacturing

Proceedings Article | 19 September 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9977, Remote Sensing System Engineering VI
KEYWORDS: Signal to noise ratio, Imaging systems, Sensors, Interfaces, Ocean optics, Spatial resolution, Systems engineering, Space operations, Optics manufacturing, Standards development

Proceedings Article | 23 October 2012 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8516, Remote Sensing System Engineering IV
KEYWORDS: Infrared imaging, Imaging systems, Sensors, Aerosols, Satellites, Clouds, Image sensors, Radiometry, Spatial resolution, Space operations

Proceedings Article | 23 October 2012 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8516, Remote Sensing System Engineering IV
KEYWORDS: Infrared sensors, Sensors, Satellites, Interfaces, Infrared radiation, Satellite communications, Systems engineering, Space operations, Medium wave, Transponders

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Conference Committee Involvement (20)
Earth Observing Systems XXII
6 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing System Engineering VI
1 September 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
Earth Observing Systems XXI
30 August 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
Earth Observing Systems XX
10 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing System Engineering V
18 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
NON-SPIE: Fundamentals of Imaging
Entertaining one-day workshop introducing the fundametals of imaging including basic optics and the relationships between optical systems and focal plane specifications. Math limited to simple arithmetic and algebra, yet introduces and explains advanced concepts of diffraction point spread function, spatial frequency and modulation transfer function as well as basic radiometry including signal-to-noise ratio and the basic tradeoffs between radiometric sensitivity and spatial resolution.
NON-SPIE: FPA Specification and Analysis
One-day workshop for focal-plane and optical engineers introducing fundamentals of focal plane array (FPA) specification, analysis and testing. Basic radiometric principles leading to calculation of electrical signal from optical radiance lead to explanation of signal and noise specification methodology and testing techniques. Example testing protocol includes demonstration of data collection, processing, and evaluation to measure signal and noise characteristics of an MWIR area FPA. Testing procedure to measure FPA Modulation Transfer Function via measurement of the Line Spread Function is described and demonstrated.
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