ASD Challenges Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Graduate Student Researchers: Show Us What You've Got

by | Apr 24, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., April 15, 2013ASD Inc. will accept submissions for the eighth annual Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program beginning April 22. ASD continues its tradition of challenging graduate students from all fields of study involving remote sensing and field spectroscopy to submit their innovative, clever and visionary research projects for the 2014 calendar year.

Graduate students pursuing a master's or doctoral degree, with the most original research proposals, will be awarded a FieldSpec® 4 Standard-Res spectroradiometer or a FieldSpec HandHeld 2â„¢ spectroradiometer for a specified period of time. Both instruments are known for performance and portability. Students may use the spectroradiometers for a wide range of field research applications, such as hyperspectral image interpretation, image validation and multispectral remote sensing study and analysis.

Applicants must be attending an accredited college or university in the United States or in most countries where Carnet documentation for shipments is accepted. Each recipient is eligible for up to $500 to cover the cost of publication fees (if the resulting paper is accepted for publication in a scientific journal) and/or travel assistance for the presentation of an accepted abstract at a relevant scientific conference. The program organizers also request the participants provide ASD with a short summary of their research and results.

Proposals for the 2014 program are due Oct. 15, 2013. Proposals do not need to be of immediate practical application or have a guarantee of success. Priority will be given to proposals that creatively bridge multiple disciplines. An interdisciplinary review committee will carefully assess each submission to make final selections. Accepted students will be announced in early December 2013.

Our 2013 program winners are pursuing diverse and inventive research applications, said Dr. Brian Curtiss, CTO of ASD. We believe research students worldwide are excited to apply NIR instrumentation solutions to fields beyond traditional remote sensing and spectroscopy. We expect to see a wide variety of unique topics during this year's submission process. We're challenging the students to show us what they've got.

The program was named for ASD's co-founder, Dr. Alexander Goetz, in recognition of his contribution to the study and advancement of remote sensing applications. Dr. Goetz retired from his position at ASD as Chief Scientist in January 2013. Additional information about the program and proposal guidelines is available on the Goetz Instrument Program page.

About ASD

Established in 1990 in Boulder, ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, is the global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions, solving some of the most challenging real-world materials measurement problems. ASD spectrometers ” unparalleled in providing laboratory-grade results in the field or on-site ” are the instruments of choice for remote sensing, environmental sciences, agricultural, mining, pharmaceutical and pulp and paper industry applications, where results drive paradigm-changing insights, efficiency and profit. ASD's collaborative culture and world-class customer service put the best, fastest and most accurate spectroscopic instruments to work for industry and science in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

About PANalytical

PANalytical is the world's leading supplier of analytical instrumentation and software for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), with more than half a century of experience. The materials characterization equipment is used for scientific research and development, for industrial process control applications and for semiconductor metrology.¨¨PANalytical, founded in 1948 as part of Philips, employs around 1000 people worldwide. Its headquarters are in Almelo, the Netherlands. Fully equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, China, the USA, and the Netherlands. PANalytical's research activities are based in Almelo (NL) and on the campus of the University of Sussex in Brighton (UK). Supply and competence centers are located on two sites in the Netherlands: Almelo (development and production of X-ray instruments) and Eindhoven (development and production of X-ray tubes). A sales and service network in more than 60 countries ensures unrivalled levels of customer support.¨¨The company is certified in accordance with ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001.¨¨The product portfolio includes a broad range of XRD and XRF systems and software widely used for the analysis and materials characterization of products such as cement, metals and steel, nanomaterials, plastics, polymers and petrochemicals, industrial minerals, glass, catalysts, semiconductors, thin films and advanced materials, pharmaceutical solids, recycled materials and environmental samples.¨¨Visit our website at for more information about our activities.


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