Prof. Gulamabas Sivjee
Specialization: Space Physics, Remote Sensing
Home institution in US: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida
Host Institution in India: Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, Gujarat       
Start date/Month in India: August/September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Sivjee attended Imperial College, U.K. and Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in physics with a focus on satellite remote-sensing from Johns Hopkins University. He has worked internationally in high-tech industries (ITT, Bendix, Aerospace Corp., Park & Davis), government (U.K., U.S.) and at many universities in the U.K., U.S., Morocco and East Africa. He was research director at the U.S. National Science Foundation; director of the Graduate Program and chairman of the Physics Department, University of Alaska; a member of U.S. and international research funding committees; and an external examiner for U.S. and international Ph.D. theses exams. He has taught science and engineering classes at all levels, supervised many M.S. and Ph.D. theses and mentored many post-doctoral fellows. For several decades, he has been tenured senior professor of engineering physics and director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida. Both his teaching and research are rated excellent by students and faculty. He has been awarded annual multi-million dollar research grants for his research projects. He has published more than 200 research papers in peer-reviewed national and international scientific and engineering journals. Currently, he is involved in International Space Station research.

Dr. Sivjee’s Fulbright project, “Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty in Developing Space Research Projects,” will involve teaching courses and mentoring students and faculty at Bhavnagar University, Gujarat. He will teach Fundamentals of Electro-Optical Remote-Sensing of Solar-Terrestrial Interactions in Near-Earth Space Environment; Plasma, Atomic and Molecular Processes; and Space Instrumentation Design. These courses will be based on curricula he developed and taught at various U.S. universities. He will also give students and faculty at his host institution opportunities to participate in his space research projects. Ultimately, he would like to develop a U.S.-India student and faculty exchange program.