Umran S. Inan

Research group: Very Low Frequency Group

  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1972)
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1973)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1977)
Professional Experience
9/97 Director, Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience (STAR) Laboratory
9/92 Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE), Stanford University
9/85-8/92 Associate Professor of EE, Stanford University
9/82-8/85 Assistant Professor of EE, Stanford University
2/81-3/81 Research Associate, EE Dept.,
Stanford University
4/81-8/82 Acting Assistant Professor of EE,
Stanford University
9/80-1/81 Assistant Professor of EE, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
9/78-8/80 Acting Assistant Professor of EE,
Stanford University
9/77-8/78 Research Affiliate, EE Dept.,
Stanford University

Honors & Awards
  • Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1998)
  • Young Scientist Award of the International Union of Radio Science (1984)
  • Outstanding service award of the Electrical Engineering Department for excellence in teaching (1978)

Research Activities
Principal Investigator on several research grants and contracts sponsored by NSF Division of Polar Programs, NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences, NASA Space Physics Division, ONR Electronics and Physics Divisions, and the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory. Current research projects include (i) optical observations of high altitude optical emissions known as sprites and elves, (ii) ground based VLF remote sensing of lightning-induced ionospheric disturbances and electron precipitation effects at multiple sites across the United States, Canada and Antarctic, (iii) studies of ionospheric heating by VLF and HF radio waves, (iv) interpretation of wave/particle data from low and high altitude satellites, (v) theoretical modeling of resonant wave-particle interactions and wave- induced electron precipitations effects, (vi) investigations of ELF/VLF wave-particle interactions in the magnetosphere, and (vii) ELF/VLF observations at unmanned Antarctic observatories.

Professional Organizations
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • International Union of Radio Science
  • The Electromagnetics Academy
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi
Outside Service

Author of over 155 scientific and technical papers.

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