Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

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Office: B113 Engineering Building
Phone: 970-491-2228

Research Interests

  • Microwave Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Atmosphere and Oceans
  • Earth Science Measurements from Nanosatellites and CubeSats
  • Radiometer and Radar Systems from GHz to THz Frequencies
  • Low-Noise Monolithic Microwave IC Design and Packaging


Dr. Steven Reising

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Steven C. Reising is Full Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) since July 2011, where he served as Associate Professor from 2004 to 2011.  Before joining the CSU faculty in 2004, he served as Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1998 to 2004 and received tenure.  Dr. Reising received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1998, where he was supported by a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship and advised by Prof. Umran S. Inan.  Previously, he received the B.S.E.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.  He served as a Summer Faculty Fellow for three years in the Remote Sensing Division of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.  For the first six months of 2014, Dr. Reising was a Visiting Faculty Member of the Sorbonne Universities, University of Paris VI, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.  Dr. Reising’s research interests span a broad range of remote sensing disciplines, including microwave remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans from airborne platforms, small satellites and CubeSats; the design and development of radiometer systems from microwave to sub-millimeter-wave and THz frequencies (18-850 GHz), lidar systems for sensing temperature and winds in the middle and upper atmosphere; and lighting-ionosphere interactions and atmospheric electrodynamics.  He has served as principal faculty advisor for 18 M.S./Ph.D. students who have completed their degrees and are now employed in universities, industry and government laboratories in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  He has been Principal Investigator of 22 grants or contracts from NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory, the NPOESS Integrated Program Office, the European Space Agency, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., and FIRST RF Corporation.  Dr. Reising received the 2023 Terahertz Science and Technology Best Paper Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society.  He also received the 2023 Harry Rosenberg Distinguished Service Award from Colorado State University.  Dr. Reising received the NSF CAREER Award (2003-2008) in the areas of physical and mesoscale dynamic meteorology, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2000-2003) for passive microwave remote sensing of the oceans.  Dr. Reising received the 2015 George T. Abell Outstanding Research Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Colorado State University.  In 2016, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI), presented at the Plenary Session of the 2016 National Radio Science Meeting in Boulder, CO.  His Ph.D. student Sharmila Padmanabhan received the Second Prize Student Paper Award at IGARSS 2003 in Toulouse, France, as well as the URSI Young Scientist Award at the General Assembly in New Delhi, India, in 2005.  Dr. Reising won the URSI Young Scientist Award at the General Assembly in Toronto, Canada, in 1999.  While at Stanford, he received First Place in the USNC-URSI Student Paper Competition at the 1998 National Radio Science Meeting in Boulder, Colorado.


  • B.S. Washington University, St. Louis, in Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. Washington University, St. Louis, in Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D 1998 Stanford University in Electrical Engineering