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Julio Urbina

Associate Professor and Applied Research Lab Appointment

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

121 Electrical Engineering East

jvu1@psu.edu

814-863-5326

Research Areas:

Electromagnetics, Remote Sensing and Space Systems

Interest Areas:

 
 

 

Education

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • R. Seal and Julio Urbina, 2009, Reconfigurable Virtual Instrumentation Design for Radar using Object-Oriented Techniques and Open-Source Tools

Journal Articles

  • Robert M Sorbello, Julio Urbina and Zach Stephens, 2015, "First steps toward the implementation of a cognitive radar to study plasma instabilities along the magnetic equator", Radio Science, 50, (3)
  • F. R. Galindo, Julio Urbina, J. L. Chau, L. Dyrud and M. Milla, 2013, "On the characterization of radar receivers for meteor-head echoes studies", Radio Science, pp. 10
  • B. Tuysuz, Julio Urbina and F. Lind, 2013, "Development of a Passive VHF Radar System Using Software Defined Radio for Equatorial Plasma Instability Studies", Radio Science, pp. 18
  • S. Zhao, Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud and R. Seal, 2011, "Multilayer Detection and Classification of Specular and Non-specular Meteor Trails", Radio Science, pp. 11
  • L. P. Dyrud, Julio Urbina, J. T. Fentzke, E. Hibbit and J. Hinrichs, 2011, "Global variation of meteor trail plasma turbulence", Ann. Geophys., 29, pp. 2277-2286
  • J. Kim, Julio Urbina, T. J. Kane and D. Spencer, 2011, "Improvement of numerical TIE-GCM by incorporating Helium data from the empirical NRLMSISE-00 model", Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, pp. 1-12
  • J. Hinrichs, L. P. Dyrud and Julio Urbina, 2009, "Diurnal Variation of Non-Specular Meteor Trails", Annales Geophysical, 27, pp. 1961-1967
  • J. Kim, D. Spencer, T. Kane and Julio Urbina, 2009, "Thermospheric Density Model Blending Techniques: Bridging the Gap between Satellites and Sounding Rockets", Radio Science, 44, pp. RS0A22
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2008, "Effect of Meteor Ionization on Sporadic-E observed at Jicamarca", Geophys. Res. Lett.
  • Akshay Malhotra, John D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "A radio science perspective on long-duration meteor trails", J. Geophys. Res., 112, (A12), pp. A12303
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "Aspect sensitivity considerations in interpreting radar meteor range-spread trail echo durations", Earth, Moon, and Planets
  • L. P. Dyrud, K. Denney, Julio Urbina, D. Janches, E. Kudeki and S. Franke, 2005, "The meteor flux: it depends how you look", Earth, Moon, and Planets, 95, pp. 89-100
  • Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki, S. Franke and Q. Zhou, 2004, "Analysis of a mid-latitude E-region LQP event observed during the Coqui 2 Campaign", Geophysical Research Letters
  • Wesley E. Swartz, Stephen C. Collins, Michael C. Kelley, Jonathan J. Makela, Erhan Kudeki, Steve Franke, Julio Urbina, Nestor Aponte, Sixto Gonzalez, Michael P. Sulzer and Jonathan S. Friedman, 2002, "First observations of an F-region turbulent upwelling coincident with severe E-region plasma and neutral atmosphere perturbations", J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 64, pp. 12-14
  • T. J. Kane, B. W. Grime, S. Franke, E. Kudeki, Julio Urbina, M. C. Kelley and S. Collins, 2001, "Joint observations of sodium enhancements and field-aligned irregularities", Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, (7), pp. 1375-1378
  • J. D. Mathews, S. Gonzalez, M. P. Sulzer, Q. H. Zhou, Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki and S. Franke, 2001, "Kilometer-scale layered structures inside Spread-F", Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, (22), pp. 4167-4170
  • Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki, S. Franke, S. Gonzalez, Q. Zhou and S. Collins, 2000, "50 MHz radar observations of mid-latitude E-region irregularities at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico", Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, (18), pp. 2853-2856
  • W. E. Swartz, M. C. Kelley, J. J. Makela, S. C. Collins, E. Kudeki, S. Franke, Julio Urbina, N. Aponte, M. P. Sulzer and S. Gonzalez, 2000, "Coherent and incoherent scatter radar observations during intense mid-latitude Spread-F", Geophysical Research Letters, 27, (18), pp. 2829-2832
  • C H Arslan, K Aydin, Julio Urbina and L P Dyrud, , "Rainfall measurements using satellite downlink attenuation", IEEE, pp. 4

Conference Proceedings

  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and L. Dyrud, 2011, "The New Meteor Radar at Penn State: An Approach for Open Source Software Defined Radar for Aeronomy", Proceedings of the XXX URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of International Union of Radio Science Meeting, pp. 1-4
  • F. Galindo, Julio Urbina, J. Chau and L. Dyrud, 2011, "On the effect of the signal processing in the meteor-head data at Jicamarca", Proceedings of the XXX URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of International Union of Radio Science Meeting, pp. 1-4
  • Julio Urbina, 2011, "The New Meteor Radar at Penn State: Design and First Observations", Proceedings of the Meteoroids 2010 Conference, pp. 357-362
  • L. P. Dyrud, J. Hinrichs and Julio Urbina, 2011, "Global Variation of Meteor Trail Plasma Turbulence", Proceedings of the Meteoroids 2010 Conference, pp. 217-230
  • J. Kim, D. B. Spencer, T. J. Kane and Julio Urbina, 2008, "A Blending Technique in Thermospheric Density Modeling", American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit
  • S. Bilen, M. Schuurman, L. Brown, T. Wheeler and Julio Urbina, 2008, "Addressing Aerospace Workforce Needs: The impact of on-hands space systems project experiences on career choices", 2008 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference and Exposition
  • Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki, S. Franke and R. Pfaff, 2008, "Analysis of meter-scale E-region plasma density irregularities from North Carolina and Puerto Rico", 12th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy
  • R. Pfaff, C. Liebrecht, Julio Urbina and E. Kudeki, 2008, "Daytime observations of mid-latitude Sporadic-E and QP radar echoes", 12th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2008, "Multi-Static Common Volume Radar Observations of Meteor Echoes at Jicamarca", 12th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy
  • T. J. Kane, J. Kim, D. B. Spencer and Julio Urbina, 2008, "Thermospheric Density Model Blending Techniques: Bridging the Gap between Satellites and Sounding Rockets", 12th International Ionospheric Effects Symposium
  • R. Seal, Julio Urbina, M. P. Sulzer, N. Aponte and S. Gonzalez, 2008, "Design and implementation of a multi-purpose radar controller using open-source tools"
  • S. G. B. Bilen, A. Price, O. Azarmanesh and Julio Urbina, 2007, "Modulation Classification for Radio Interoperability via SDR", SDR'07 Technical Conference & Fifty-Sixth SDR Meeting
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "Solving the mystery of long duration non-specular meteor echoes", Proceedings of the Eleventh International Workshop on Technical and Scientific Aspects of MST Radar
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and M. P. Sulzer, 2007, "Implementation of a Generic Data Acquisition using Commercial off the shelf Digital Receivers", Eleventh International Workshop on Technical and Scientific Aspects of MST Radar
  • Julio Urbina, Erhan Kudeki and Steve Franke, 2003, "A study of a Low E-region Quasi-Periodic Event from Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico", International Proceedings on MST Radar Techniques
  • R. Pfaff, H. Freudenreich, M. Acuna, E. Kudeki, S. Franke, Julio Urbina, M. Larsen, D. Hysell, J. Clemmons, G. Earle, R. Heelis, R. Bishop and S. Bounds, 2000, "Comprehensive in-situ, TMA trail, and ground-based observations in the lower ionosphere in the presence of quasi-periodic VHF radar echoes", The Tenth International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy, 6, pp. p. 18
  • W. Swartz, S. Collins, M. C. Kelley, E. Kudeki, S. Franke, Julio Urbina, M. Sulzer, S. Gonzalez and Nestor Aponte, 2000, "First observations of an F-region turbulent up-welling coincident with severe E-region plasma and neutral perturbations", The Tenth International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy, 6, pp. p. 2
  • Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki and S. Franke, 2000, "Coherent radar echoes from tidal ion layers in mid-latitude E-region", The Tenth International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy, 6, pp. p. 16
  • Lauren Donohoe, Julio Urbina and Timothy J Kane, , "Developments in the teaching pf engineering electromagnetics for improvement in student interest and understanding"
  • Amy L Freeman, Julio Urbin and, J , , "Engineering Pathways Fellows: Four Years of Successful Retention Initiatives and International Collaboration", pp. 24

Manuscripts

  • Burak Tuysuz, Julio Urbina and John Mathews, , "Effects of the equatorial electrojet on passive radar systems", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS), pp. 12
  • S G Bilen, A M Wyglinski, C R Anderson, T Cooklev, C Dietrich, B Farhang-Boroujeny, Julio Urbina, S H Edwards and J H Reed, , "Software-Defined Radio: A New Paradigm Communications Education", IEEE Communications Magazine, pp. 16

Other

  • Julio Urbina, R Seal, R Sorbello, K Kuyeng and L P Dyrud, 2014, "Penn State Radar Systems: Implementation and Observations"
  • Julio Urbina, S Anandakrishnan, S G Bilen, A Fleishman and P Burkett, 2014, "Penn State geoPebble system: Design,Implementation, and Initial Results"
  • Julio Urbina, A. Hackett, L. Dyrud and J. Fentzke, 2012, "Analysis of Coherent Scatter Observations collected with the new Penn State VHF Meteor Radar"
  • S. G. Bilen, S. Anandakrishnan, P. Burkett, A. Fleishman and Julio Urbina, 2012, "Design and Implementation of a Wireless Sensor Network of GPS-Enabled Seismic Sensors for the Study of Glaciers and Ice Sheets"
  • B. Tuysuz, Julio Urbina and F. D. Lind, 2012, "Development of a Passive VHF Radar System Using Software Defined Radio for Equatorial Plasma Instability Studies"
  • F. Galindo, Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud and J. Fentzke, 2012, "The role of turbulence on the evolution of specular meteor echoes"
  • R. Sorbello and Julio Urbina, 2012, "Towards the Implementation of a Cognitive Radar to Study Equatorial Plasma Instabilities"
  • Julio Urbina, 2012, "An Overview of a Cognitive Radar System to Study Plasma Irregularities near the Peruvian Andes"
  • F. Galindo, Julio Urbina, J. Chau and L. Dyrud, 2012, "On the possible effect of the signal processing in meteor-head data at Jicamarca: Preliminary Results"
  • Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud, J. Fentzke, R. Seal and R. Sorbello, 2012, "Preliminary Radar Observations from the Penn State Meteor Radar"
  • F. Galindo, Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud and J. Fentzke, 2012, "On the Effect of Turbulence on Specular Meteor Echoes"
  • H. Jiles, L. Dyrud, J. Fentzke, F. Galindo and Julio Urbina, 2012, "Non-specular Modeling with Discrete Power Intervals"
  • J. D. Mathews, B. Gao, Julio Urbina, F. Galindo and A. Malhorta, 2012, "Meteoroid Fragmentation Observed at Jicamarca"
  • L. Dyrud, J. Fentzke and Julio Urbina, 2012, "Influence of Ionospheric Electrojets on Meteor Trail Evolution"
  • Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud, Freddy Galindo and Ryan Seal, 2011, "Observations, Validation and Calibration of the Penn State Meteor Radar"
  • F. R. Galindo, Julio Urbina, J. L. Chau and L. P. Dyrud, 2011, "On the Possible Effect of Signal Processing on Meteor-Head Data from Jicamarca"
  • L. P. Dyrud, Julio Urbina and F. Galindo, 2011, "Plasma Turbulence effects on specular trail observations"
  • E. Hibit, Julio Urbina and L. Dyrud, 2010, "Modeling Specular Meteor Trails as Plasma Irregularities"
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and L. Dyrud, 2010, "Design, Implementation, and First Observations of Penn State Meteor Radar"
  • L. Dyrud, Julio Urbina, D. Janches, E. Hibit and J. Hinrichs, 2010, "Global Variation and Implications of Meteor Trail Plasma Turbulence"
  • Julio Urbina, L. Dyrud and R. Seal, 2009, "The Recent Meteor Radar at Penn State: Design, Implementation, and Observations"
  • S. Bilen, P. I. Pribula, A. T. Kummer, A. C. Escobar, Julio Urbina, P. Bernhardt, M. T. Rietvald, M. J. Kosch, S. Gonzalez and J. M. Rom'n-Rosado, 2009, "The OSIRIS CubeSat Mission: a System for Investigating the Response of the Stimulated Ionosphere"
  • J. Hinrichs, L. Dyrud, Julio Urbina and E. Hibbit, 2009, "Global Variation of Meteor Trail Plasma Turbulence"
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and L. Dyrud, 2009, "50 MHz Software Defined Radar for Meteor and Aeronomical Science"
  • E. Hibit, Julio Urbina and L. Dyrud, 2009, "Seasonal and Diurnal Variability of Mid-Latitude Specular and Non-Specular Meteors"
  • M. Sunderland, Julio Urbina, S. Gonzalez and M. Sulzer, 2009, "Design of a Digital Pulsed Radar Receiver"
  • R. Seal and Julio Urbina, 2009, "Next Generation Meteor Radar Receiver Using an Open Hardware/Software Radio Platform"
  • E. Hibit, Julio Urbina and L. Dyrud, 2009, "Simulating the Effects of Latitude, Longitude, Neutral Wind, and Plasma Density on Non-specular Meteor Trails"
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and L. Dyrud, 2009, "50 MHz Software Defined Radar for Meteor and Aeronomical Science"
  • L. P. Dyrud, D. Janches, J. Fentzke, Julio Urbina and J. Hinrichs, 2009, "Global Variation of Meteor Trail Plasma Turbulence"
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal, L. Dyrud and S. Bilen, 2008, "50 MHz Software Defined Radar for Meteor and Aeronomical Science"
  • S. G. BilĂ©n and Julio Urbina, 2008, "Tying Together the Electrical Engineering Curriculum with a Hands-on Course in Software-defined Radio"
  • Julio Urbina, E. Kudeki, S. Franke and R. Pfaff, 2008, "Analysis of VHF coherent scatter observations of E-region irregularities in Puerto Rico and North Carolina"
  • R. Seal, Julio Urbina, M. P. Sulzer and S. Gonzalez, 2008, "Design of an FPGA-based Radar Controller"
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2008, "On the formation and evolution of radar meteor trails"
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "A radio science perspective on range-spread trail-echoes"
  • A. Malhorta, J. D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "Bi-static, common volume radar meteor observations at Jicamarca"
  • Akshay Malhorta, John D. Mathews and Julio Urbina, 2007, "A radio science perspective on long-duration meteor trails over Jicamarca"
  • Julio Urbina, R. Seal and M. P. Sulzer, 2006, "FPGA-based Radar Receiver and Controller for UHF/VHF Radar Systems"
  • H. C. Patangia and Julio Urbina, 2005, "An Assessment of the Impact of Exploring Engineering Through An Experiential Learning Course on Student Attraction and Retention"
  • Patangia Hirak, Pamela Warrick, Nicholas Jovanovic and Julio Urbina, 2004, "Exploring Engineering Through Project Based Experiential Learning For Pre College Educators Division"

Research Projects

  • March 2011 - February 2018, "CAREER: A Cognitive VHF Radar System Approach to Study Ionospheric Irregularities," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • February 2016 - February 2018, "CAREER: A Cognitive VHF Radar System Approach to Study Ionospheric Irregularities," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • October 2012 - September 2017, "Engineering Pathways: An Undergraduate Scholars Program," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2010 - August 2015, "MRI: Development of a Wirelessly-Connected Network of Seismometers and GPS Instruments for Polar and Geophysical Research," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • March 2015 - July 2015, "Development of a Training Program in Radio Remote Sensing," (Sponsor: Council for International Exchange of Scholars).
  • June 2007 - May 2014, "Collaborative Research: A New 50 MHz Radar for Meteor and Aeronomical Science," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • March 2011 - April 2014, "EAGER: Adapting the New Arecibo On-Dish HF Transmitter System to Radar Mode," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

  • Career Award, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2011 - 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award, Penn State/College of Engineering, 2016
  • Fulbright Scholar, Department of State, March 2015 - July 2015

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Faculty, P&T Committee, August 2013 - July 2016
  • Panelist, 2016 STEM Open House, October 2016 - October 2016
  • Faculty, Department Graduate Open House, February 2016 - February 2016
  • Panelist, 2015 STEM Open House, October 2015 - October 2015
  • Faculty, Engineering Graduate Open House, February 2015 - February 2015
  • Faculty, Electromagnetics, Remote Sensing, and Space Sciences (EMRSS), August 2006
  • Faculty, Undergraduate Committee, August 2012
  • Faculty, Undergraduate Lab Committee, August 2012
  • Chairperson, Microwave Lab Committee, August 2012
  • Chairperson, PhD Candidacy Exam Coordinator, August 2012
  • Faculty, Faculty Mentor, August 2008
  • Advisor, August 2009
  • Reviewer, August 2010
  • Co-Organizer, Global Engagement Peru, August 2015
  • Faculty, ABET Undergraduate Committee, July 2016
  • Faculty Advisor, May 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • Co-Chairperson, Session Organizer, September 2016 - January 2017
  • Co-Chairperson, Session Organizer, March 2016 - June 2016
  • Reviewer, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, January 2016 - January 2016
  • Co-Chairperson, Session Organizer, September 2015 - January 2016
  • Panelist, May 2015 - August 2015
  • Reviewer, 2015 NSF GRFP Panelist, January 2015 - January 2015
  • Co-Chairperson, Session Organizer, March 2015 - June 2015
  • Reviewer, Fulbright Scholar Program, August 2016
 


 

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