Mississippi State University Scholar Named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Qian “Jenny” Du, the Bobby Shackouls Professor at Mississippi State University, will become the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing on January 1. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The society’s members include engineers, scientists, students, and business professionals brought together to advance light-based science and technology. Operated as a not-for-profit since its founding in 1955, the society represents more than 258,000 people in 184 countries.

An SPIE Fellow since 2015, Dr. Du served on the SPIE Publications Committee in 2021-2022, and has several years of experience working as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. She also has extensive journal editorial experience through her work as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing from 2016 to 2020. Professor Du’s research focuses on digital image processing and machine learning, and their applications to remote-sensing problems, with particular expertise on hyperspectral image exploitation.

“I’m deeply honored to be elected as the new editor-in-chief of JARS, and I will follow the footsteps of my predecessors to continue to move the journal to the next level,” said Professor Du. “As a Lifetime Member and Fellow of SPIE, I’m very happy to have the great opportunity to serve the community in this capacity.”

Before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2004, Dr. Du was an assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, from 2000 to 2004. Professor Du received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

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