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Gordon Farquharson

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor


Dr. Farquharson has 20 years of experience in design, construction, and operation of radar remote sensing instruments, and in analysis of microwave and millimeter-wave radar data. He is currently the Director of Radar Systems at Capella Space, where he manages a team of engineers to develop and build the Capella synthetic aperture radar. He has experience with a wide range of ground-based, airborne, and spaceborne radar technology (synthetic aperture radar, pulse-Doppler radar, pulse-compression radar, digital beam-forming radar) for atmospheric, oceanographic, and land-based research. He also has extensive experience developing radar signal processing algorithms. Before Capella Space, he was a Principle Research Engineer at the Applied Physics Laboratory, where he focused on developing microwave radars and retrieval algorithms to extract geophysical parameters from remote sensing radar data, including airborne synthetic aperture radar. He also taught undergraduate- and graduate-level in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. Prior to that, he worked as a radar engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) from 2004 to 2009 where he led projects to design, build, and field ground-based and airborne microwave and millimeter radars for atmospheric research.


Radar, remote sensing, digital signal processing

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  • Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2005
    University of Massachusetts
  • M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, 1999
    University of Cape Town
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Electrical Engineering, 1996
    University of Cape Town