Dr. Tom George
CEO at SaraniaSat Inc.
SPIE Involvement:
Track Chair | Editor | Author
Area of Expertise:
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing , Algorithms for Weak Signal Detection , Algorithms for Sensor Fusion , Big Data Decimation , Micro and Nanotechnology , Precision Agriculture
Profile Summary

Tom is the CEO and co-founder of SaraniaSat Inc. (2016-), a small company acquiring and processing advanced, high spatial and temporal resolution, Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Imagery for multiple business verticals. SaraniaSat's data analytics capabilities include rapid decimation of Hyperspectral "Big Data," Weak Signal Detection in high Background Clutter environments, and Actionable Information generation through Sensor Fusion. In 2017, SaraniaSat Inc. successfully completed an aircraft and drone remote-sensing campaign in the mid-western United States during the corn and soybean crop cycle for a "Big 6" Global Agricultural Company. SaraniaSat's near-term roadmap calls for the design and implementation of a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) constellation of satellites acquiring high spatial and temporal resolution, Hyperspectral Remote-Sensing Imagery.

Tom is an expert in MEMS, Nanotechnology, Materials Science and Solid-State Physics. Prior to founding SaraniaSat, Tom has held senior executive positions at several startup companies. The bulk of his 30-year career was spent at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was the Manager of the MEMS Technology Group leading multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary teams developing a broad range of Micro- and Nano- sensors for NASA and DoD applications.

Tom has a PhD in Materials Science Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has co-authored over 120 publications, edited 13 Conference Proceedings, and holds 12 US Patents. He has received 15 NASA Certificates of Recognition for Innovation and two NASA Space Act Awards. Tom chaired the NASA/ESA MEMS Review Board for the JWST/MOS Instrument from 2001-2005. He was named the Indian American Engineer of the Year in 2008 by the Kerala Center, New York, NY. Tom was named SPIE Fellow in 2014 in recognition of his lifetime achievements in engineering research and development.
Publications (17)

Proceedings Article | 8 May 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10639, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X
KEYWORDS: Hyperspectral imaging, Agriculture, Sensors, Satellites, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Image analysis, Data acquisition, Mining, Artificial intelligence

Proceedings Article | 3 May 2007 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 6556, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Safety, Sensors, Satellites, Video, Robotics, Feature extraction, Reconnaissance, Algorithm development, Sensor fusion

Proceedings Article | 3 May 2007 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 6556, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Defense and Security
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Signal to noise ratio, Sensors, Spectrometers, Ions, Interference (communication), Signal processing, Gyroscopes, Algorithm development, Signal detection

Proceedings Article | 5 May 2006 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 6223, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space Applications
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Ferromagnetics, Resonators, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Silicon, Magnetism, Magnetic sensors, Microfabrication, Liquids

Proceedings Article | 1 July 2005 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 5836, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS II
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Minerals, Resonators, Sensors, Spectroscopy, X-rays, Magnetism, Magnetic sensors, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, Astrobiology

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Proceedings Volume Editor (15)

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Conference Committee Involvement (32)
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XII
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XIII
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XII
15 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI
16 April 2018 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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