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Aerospace: Satellites, Radars, and Remote Sensing Graduate Certificate

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Explore the rapidly evolving aerospace industry

Start developing the skills you need to break into the rapidly evolving aerospace industry. Enroll in a program focused on satellites, radars, and remote sensing, developed by CSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Topics of study include:

  • Satellite Communication
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Atmospheric Remote Sensing
  • Radar Systems and Design

Gain applied, career-applicable skills

After completing this certificate, you will have a greater body of knowledge that translates directly into a career in the aerospace industry.

  • Learn to interpret and distinguish space science and engineering, along with applications in communications, remote sensing, navigation, and environmental monitoring.
  • Extend your working knowledge of the payload and orbital mechanics of space systems dedicated to producing mission data and relaying that data back to Earth.
  • Better understand radar and satellite sensors, their system components, and design.
  • Learn how to interpret radar and satellite observations and extract meaningful information through remote sensing data analytics.
  • Adapt to emerging changes in radar and satellite technologies - to conduct applied research and develop solutions to complex challenges.
  • Learn about innovative technologies driving the future of aerospace engineering, as well as the crucial role of artificial intelligence in advancing the aerospace industry.

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your graduate certificate from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your career, family, and personal obligations. Although this program is entirely online, you will still have opportunities to interact with instructors and peers.

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Dr. V. Chandrasekar V. Chandrasekar
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chandrasekar’s decades-long research has enabled cutting-edge radar and satellite technologies for studying weather and climate from land, sea, and space. He is widely recognized for his pioneering contributions to the development of dual-polarization – a signature radar technology for severe weather forecasting. Chandrasekar is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Union of Radio Science and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. In 2016, he received the honor of being knighted by the government of Finland for his technical contributions. He also received the IEEE Distinguished Achievement Award.

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Dr. Steven C. Reising Steven Reising
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Reising has served as professor in Electrical andComputer Engineering at Colorado State University since 2011, where he also served as associate professor from 2004 to 2011. Before joining the CSU faculty in 2004, he was an assistant professor of ECEat the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Reising’s research interests span a broad range of remote sensing disciplines, including microwave remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans from airborne platforms, small satellites, and CubeSats. He has been principal investigator on projects with such organizations as NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, and Office of Naval Research. Currently, he is a co-investigator on INCUS – CSU’s $177 million NASA mission to study storms in the tropics.

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Dr. Haonan Chen Haonan Chen
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Chen has been an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) since August 2020. He is also an affiliate faculty with the Data Science Research Institute (DSRI) at CSU. Before joining the CSU faculty, he worked at the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory, first as a National Research Council Research Associate, and then a Radar, Satellite, and Precipitation Research Scientist. Chen teaches courses and leads research programs at the intersection of data science and remote sensing. He joins fellow ECE faculty, atmospheric scientists, and other researchers across campus who are converging to study the climate and how it’s changing. As a recipient of the competitive Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Chen is using artificial intelligence to predict severe weather events.

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Dr. Christine Chiu Christine Chiu
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science

Dr. Chiu is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU. Prior to joining CSU in 2017, she was an associate professor in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, United Kingdom (2010-17), a research assistant professor at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, and an associated scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2003-2010).

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Dr. Christian Kummerow Chris Kummerow
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science

Dr. Kummerow joined the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science faculty in June 2000. Previously, he worked at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center serving as the Project Scientist for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). He is currently a member of the Joint TRMM Steering Team. Professor Kummerow is also a member of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) team and plays an active role in planning and defining new spaceborne missions geared toward obtaining a better understanding of the Global Water and Energy Cycle.

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How to Apply Open Accordion

Recommended Application Submission Dates

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester December 1

Note: ECE has rolling admissions. While ECE, the Graduate School, and the Office of Admissions require some processing time, ECE does accept applications after the suggested submission dates.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or engineering-related discipline
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Physics 1, 2 (calculus based)
  • Strongly recommend (but not required): 3.0 or better on 4.0 scale GPA
  • International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS that meet CSU minimums

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Resume: Include any previous experience, along with position titles, dates of employment, institutions, and major responsibilities.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Graduate Certificate in Aerospace: Satellites, Radars, and Remote Sensing - Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5 Submit Test Scores (Optional)

GRE test scores are not required but may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application.

Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date. All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and promptly notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$705 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Aerospace: Satellites, Radars, and Remote Sensing Graduate Certificate
Time Frame
Can be completed in 1 year

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 1
Spring semester
December 1

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