- Associate Professor, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering
- (907) 474-7052
- Duckering 215
Background and Research Interests
Dr. Thorsen's research interests include
- Development of digital instrumentation and computer interfaces for acquisition of radar backscatter data.
- Scattering mechanisms and propagation of radio signals through random media.
- Radar techniques for observing the middle atmosphere, including neutral atmospheric wind motions, turbulence, temperature, and electron densities.
- Wave dynamics and their interaction with the background atmosphere, including coupling of atmospheric regions, interactions between large-scale and small-scale wave motions, and global scale energy flux distributions.
- ES 102 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
- EE 311 - Applied Engineering Electromagnetics
- EE 331 - High Frequency Lab
- EE 333 - Physical Electronics
- EE 334 - Electronic Circuit Design
- EE 341/343 - Digital Systems Analysis and Design
- EE 342/443 - Computer Engineering Analysis and Design
- EE 693 - Embedded Systems Design
- Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1996
- M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1991
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1985
Areas of Specialization
- Research in radar instrumentation
- Measurements of the upper atmosphere.
- Dr. Thorsen's current research is in radar instrumentation and measurements of the upper atmosphere.
Awards and Honors
- Nominated Harold L. Olesen Award (1991) "Excellence in undergraduate teaching by graduate students"
- Included in "List of teachers ranked excellent by their students"
- CEDAR 1993 student poster prize.