Department of

Electrical Engineering

Serving society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach

Julio Urbina

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

315 Electrical Engineering East

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-5326

E-mail: jvu1_at_psu_dot_edu

Research Area: Remote Sensing and Space Systems

Research Group: Applied Signal Processing and Instrumentation Research Lab

Dr. Urbina joined Penn State in 2006. From 1989-1993, he worked as a RF and Digital Engineer at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During Summers 2005 and 2006, he worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Arecibo Observatory in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences group.

His recent research interests include reconfigurable virtual instrumentation design, high-performance computing, cognitive radars, software defined radars, sensors, morph-ware systems, microwave communication, meteor science, and radar remote sensing of the atmosphere and ionosphere.


Ph.D. University of Illinois, Electrical Engineering
M.S. University of Illinois, Electrical Engineering
B.S. Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Electronics Engineering


Radar design, digital systems and space instrumentation, analog design, software designed radio and radars, radio wave propagation, meteor detection, system integration, radio wave remote sensing and radar studies of the atmosphere and ionosphere.

Selected Publications and Patents

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Honors and Awards

Fulbright U. S. Scholar - 2014
Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award - 2014
NSF CAREER Award - 2011
Harold L. Olsen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois - 2001
International Symposium on Equatorial Ionosphere (ISEA) Student Award - 2000
NASA Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance During the Coqui-II Rocket Campaign in Puerto Rico - 1999