Graduate student Yanghui Kang receives NASA fellowship

May 18, 2012

Yanghui Kang, a master's student in the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources program, has received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship.

Yanghui Kang

The Earth and Space Science Fellowship program aims to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines required to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Applications are accepted in Earth Science Research, Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research – the four research programs of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

Criteria for evaluation includes the scientific merit of the proposed research; the relevance of the proposed research to NASA’s objectives in Earth or space science; and academic excellence. Awards resulting from the competitive selection are made in the form of training grants to the respective universities, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.

Kang is advised by Mutlu Ozdogan, assistant professor of forest ecology and environmental studies and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. She was awarded a fellowship in the Earth Science division for her proposal “Yield Estimation Through Assimilation of Remotely Sensed Data into Crop Growth Models.”

Kang’s research focuses on remote sensing application in land use and land cover change, with a focus on deforestation processes in developing countries.