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Melba Crawford

Melba M. Crawford, PhD
School of Civil Engineering,
Purdue University,
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Melba Crawford is a Professor of Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Agronomy at Purdue University. She is the Director of the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing, the Chair of Excellence in Earth Observation, and the Associate Dean for Research of the College of Engineering. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, where she founded an interdisciplinary research and applications development program in space-based and airborne remote sensing. Dr. Crawford received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus.
In 2004-2005, Dr. Crawford was a Jefferson Senior Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and continues to serve in an advisory capacity. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, Executive Vice President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Dr. Crawford was a member of the NASA Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee, the NASA EO-1 Science Validation team, the advisory committee to the NASA Socioeconomic Applications and Data Center at Columbia University, and an advisory committee for the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation to the South African Department of Science and Technology for capacity building in space technologies and remote sensing applications.