The 2013 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Currently Accepting Submissions

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Creative Academic Research in Remote Sensing Recognized by Annual Award

ASD Inc., a global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions, announced today that the October 15 submission deadline for the 2013 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program award is drawing near.

The program, now in its seventh year, is named for ASD Inc. co-founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Alexander Goetz. Dr. Goetz spearheaded the development of remote sensing and imaging spectrometry beginning nearly 40 years ago. Referred to as “the father of hyperspectral imaging,” he continues to play a decisive role in the advancement of portable instrumentation for field spectroscopy research applications.

Winners of the 2013 awards will be chosen for their creative research projects that apply reflectance spectroscopy to advance understanding in their fields of study. Selected Ph.D. or master’s candidate student researchers will have access to the most advanced field spectroscopy tools available through the Goetz Program. They will be provided with temporary use of field instrumentation including the FieldSpec® 4 and HandHeld 2 spectroradiometers.

Recipients of the award whose completed paper is published by an approved journal are eligible to receive up to $500 (USD) toward publication charges, and/or reimbursement of travel costs to recipients with an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation at a relevant scientific conference. ASD encourages interested students to submit now as the October 15 deadline is firm.

“ASD is proud to support some of the brightest minds around the world through this program,” said Dr. Goetz. “We’ve seen a very broad range of innovative research topics submitted over the past several years. It’s encouraging as a fellow scientist to know that the research community has benefitted through the success of the students selected to participate in this program.”

One success story is Anuradha Pallipurath, a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and 2012 Goetz program award winner. Together with Dr. Paola Ricciardi, a research associate in the Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Anuradha utilized ASD’s FieldSpec 4 instrument to support their research efforts through Cambridge’s Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research & Expertise project. The instrument was used to characterize both inorganic and organic materials on a number of illuminated manuscripts. The FieldSpec 4 spectroradiometer has an extended operating range and has been a key factor in the success of the project.

The Goetz Program is co-sponsored by ASD Inc. and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, a member organization of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. For more information about the program and how to submit a proposal, please visit

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Established in 1990 in Boulder, Colo., ASD Inc. 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 and mining 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

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