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Lavanya Periasamy

As a postdoctoral researcher at JPL, I am involved in the prelaunch characterization of two thermal infrared spectrometers (0.2 – 54 um) for the PREFIRE CubeSat mission. Previously, my doctoral work focused on the end-to-end system design of a low cost 118.75 GHz scanning temperature sounding radiometer for CubeSat missions. Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked as an engineer at Qualcomm where I developed objective quality measurement techniques for music/voice by application of perceptual algorithms.

  • Ph.D. (2019), Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO.

Research Interests

My interests lie in understanding challenges faced and developing techniques for the design, implementation and calibration of precision remote sensing radiometers/spectrometers (across the electromagnetic spectrum) built particularly for small satellite missions that further earth or planetary science studies. 


PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) Icon PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment)
Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE) will quantify the radiative processes effected by changing temperatures in the Arctic.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory Studies and Atmospheric Observations, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. (2019 – present)
  • Research Assistant, Communications Technology Laboratory, NIST, Boulder, CO. (Summer, 2015)
  • Research Assistant, LASP, Boulder, CO. (Spring, 2015)
  • Research Assistant, Radiometrics Corporation, Boulder, CO. (2012-2014)
  • Audio Systems Test Engineer, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA. (2006-2011)

Selected Awards
  • American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award  (2018)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship  (2015 – 2018)
  • NIST Professional Research Experience Program Assistantship (2015)
  • National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship, NCERT, India.

Selected Publications
  1. Periasamy, Lavanya, "Design, Development, and Prelaunch Calibration of a Low Cost 118.75 GHz Temperature Sounding Radiometer for CubeSat Missions" (2019). Electrical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 31.
  2. Periasamy, Lavanya, and Albin J. Gasiewski. "Prelaunch Performance of the 118.75 GHZ Polarcube 3U Cubesat Temperature Sounding Radiometer." In IGARSS 2018-2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, pp. 6316-6319. IEEE, 2018.
  3. Periasamy, Lavanya, and Albin J. Gasiewski. "Prelaunch antenna calibration of CubeSat MMW/SMMW radiometers with application to the PolarCube 3U temperature sounding radiometer mission." In 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 5565-5568. IEEE, 2016.

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