Dr. Thomas U. Kampe
at Ball Aerospace
SPIE Involvement:
Fellows Committee | Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Journal Editorial Board Member | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Optical design , Optical Engineering , Ecology , Remote sensing , Atmospheric chemistry , aerosols
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Profile Summary

Thomas U. Kampe is a Staff Consultant in Optical Engineering at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. He is the optical lead for the Landsat-9 OLI-2 program. In addition to sensor development activities, he is the PI on the Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer (CHPS) imaging spectrometer program, a Sustainable Land Imaging-Technology program funded through NASA Earth Science Technology Office. Previously, he was Director for Remote Sensing at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), where he was responsible for the development and operations of the NEON airborne remote sensing group which survey NEON ecological sites across the United States on an annual basis. He earned his B.S. in physics from UCLA, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in astrophysical, planetary, and atmospheric sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to joining NEON, he was with Ball for 12 years, and worked at Santa Barbara Research Center, where he was the responsible optical engineer for the MODIS instrument. During his earlier tenure at Ball, he was the PI for the SIRAS-G IIP program and Co-PI for the SIRAS IIP. He has authored over 25 technical and scientific papers, and holds several patents on optical and hyperspectral technology. He is a Fellow of SPIE.
Publications (35)

SPIE Journal Paper | 24 September 2019
JARS Vol. 13 Issue 03

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11127, Earth Observing Systems XXIV
KEYWORDS: Staring arrays, Short wave infrared radiation, Mirrors, Landsat, Sensors, Calibration, Control systems, Mirror pointing, Earth observing sensors

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11127, Earth Observing Systems XXIV
KEYWORDS: Staring arrays, Optical filters, Prisms, Landsat, Calibration, Spectroscopy, Spectral calibration, Laser imaging, Decision support systems, Earth observing sensors

Proceedings Article | 30 August 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11131, CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III
KEYWORDS: Staring arrays, Microbolometers, Infrared imaging, Aerospace engineering, Calibration, Radiometry, Spatial resolution, Earth sciences, Space operations, Temperature metrology

Proceedings Article | 23 October 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10781, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization V
KEYWORDS: Prisms, Landsat, Sensors, Calibration, Reflectivity, Imaging spectroscopy, Stray light, Earth observing sensors

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Conference Committee Involvement (13)
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XV
22 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XIV
9 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XIII
31 August 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XII
11 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XI
18 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC134: Optical Design Fundamentals for Infrared Systems
This course provides attendees with practical and directly applicable design and evaluation guidelines and tools for the initial layout of infrared systems. Simple but powerful expressions are developed as approximations to quickly assess expected system performance. Since single point diamond turning has become such an effective method for producing IR components, including aspheres and diffractive elements, details and practical hints are presented for using these elements in the design phase of IR systems.
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