Welcome to Elizabeth Hobbs and Scott Palo

Elizabeth Hobbs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at CSU. She has a BS in Economics from American University and was an economist for USDA before returning to school at the University of Illinois where she received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture. She then worked in private practice on a variety of project scales from residential design to master planning including the public approval process accompanying these projects. She then returned to academia at CSU where her research and publications have included the areas of: Design Behavior, Maya Site Design, Design Pedagogy, and Permaculture. The last five years she has focused on the visual impact of wind farms on public acceptance internationally and for the state of Colorado. She has presented her findings at several conferences as well as the national AWEA conference.

Dr. Scott Palo is the Victor Charles Schelke Endowed Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder and he currently holds the position of Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He received both his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. After completing his PhD, Dr. Palo spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and since 1997 he has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
Dr. Palo conducts research in the areas of radar, small satellites, space physics, and sensor systems and is passionate about hands-on experiential learning. His early work on meteor radar lead to the deployment of radar systems at sites around the world including the geographic South Pole. In recent years Dr. Palo has been involved in the development of small satellites which include the Colorado Student Space Weather Satellite and the Drag and Neutral Density Explorer satellite, which launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the Miniature X-ray solar spectrometer scheduled to launch in fall 2015 and the QB50 Challenger mission scheduled to launch in early 2016. All of these satellites were designed and built with significant student involvement. Dr. Palo’s interest in renewable energy is related to sensing systems. He has been actively involved in a collaborative research project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop an acoustic array system capable of sensing low frequencies and localizing noise sources on wind turbines.
Dr. Palo is a NSF career award winner, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and an associate fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2008 he received the United States Antarctic Service medal for his research at the South Pole.

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