Miguel Velez-Reyes received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM), in 1985, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1988, and 1992, respectively. He was with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez 1992-2012. Since August 2012, he is Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has held Faculty Internship Positions with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Air Force Research Laboratories, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His teaching and research interests are in signal and sensor analytics, information extraction from dynamic systems using remote or minimally intrusive sensing, hyperspectral remote sensing, and data-driven science and engineering. He has over 160 publications in journals and conference proceedings and has contributed to three books. He was the Director of the Institute for Research in Integrative Systems and Engineering (IRISE) at UPRM and Associate Director of the NSF Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems a NSF Engineering Research Center led by Northeastern University. He was director for the UPRM Tropical Center for Earth and Space Studies, a NASA University Research Center. In 1997, Dr. Velez-Reyes was one of 60 recipients from across the United States and its territories of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. In 2005, Dr. Velez-Reyes was inducted in the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico. In 2010, Dr. Velez-Reyes was elected Fellow of SPIE for his contributions to hyperspectral image processing. He is the chair of the SPIE Conference on Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery. He is a senior member of the IEEE where he has held many posts such as president of the IEEE Western Puerto Rico Section, and Latin America representative to the IEEE PELS AdCom. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

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