Bahram Salehi  

Ph.D.  P.Eng.  PMP.  SMIEEE.

Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing Engineering at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

416 Baker Lab, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
Tel: 315.470.6550;

Adjunct Professor: MUN
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Received his PhD degree in Geomatics Engineering - Remote Sensing from University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2012, Dr. Salehi joined State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in September 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing Engineering in the Department of Environmental Resource Engineering (ERE). Prior to ESF, Dr Salehi was a senior Remote Sensing Engineer with C-CORE, a Canadian-based world leading company in the area of remote sensing of northern latitudes as part of LOOKNorth , a Canadian center of excellence for commercialization and research of remote sensing from 2013-2018. From 2014-2018 he was concurrently a cross-appointed professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (DEECS), Memorial University  of Newfoundland (MUN) where he conducted extensive research and was the major professor of 6 PhD and MSc students and a postdoctoral fellow and established and taught three new courses. From 2012 -2013 Dr Salehi was a NSERC post-doctoral visiting fellow in Canadian Government Laboratories at Earth Observation, Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in Ottawa.

Dr. Salehi has over 19 years of academic and industrial R&D experience in geospatial engineering and remote sensing. His research areas include machine learning and applications development of multispectral, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and UAV data for environment monitoring with focus on wetland, forest, and water quality mapping and change monitoring. He is the co-author of nearly 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters with about 4000 citations and a Google Scholar h-index of 31 as of March 2023. He has many years of teaching experience in remote sensing (optical/ SAR), photogrammetry and UAV, machine learning as well as surveying and geomatics engineering in three universities in Canada and the U.S. Since 2014, Bahram has been the principal supervisor (major professor) of 1 post-doctoral fellow, 8 PhD students, 3 MSc students, and several undergraduate and intern students.

Since 2014, he has been awarded several industrial and governments (Canada and the US) research projects and grants (including the Canada’s NSERC Discovery grant-similar to NSF CAREER) securing a total of some $2.5 m of external funding as PI. Dr Salehi’s current research is focusing on remote sensing of water quality for inland waters, state-wide and regional extent forest above ground biomass and carbon storage change detection and mapping, nation-wide (Canada and the US) wetland inventory mapping (in 2020 he finished (as PI) and published the first high resolution nation-wide wetland inventory of Canada. Dr Salehi is actively involved in many professional societies and has served in various roles including the national executive director for Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS), National Deputy Director, for the Unmanned Aerial System Division (UASD) of ASPRS, the co-chair of Commission III/Working group III ( SAR remote sensing) of ISPRS. In 2022 he co-organized and chaired the IEEE-STRATUS 2022 (a UAV Remote Sensing Conference) hosting more than 150 professionals and students from across the U.S and Canada.

Bahram is a recipient of a number of awards including the 2019 early career achievement medal from the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. He is a licensed member of Canadian Professional Engineer (P.Eng), a previous licensed project management professional (PMP), and a senior member of IEEE (SM. IEEE).



Ph.D. : Remote Sensing Engineering ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2008-2012
University of New Brunswick , Fredericton, NB, Canada

M.Sc. : Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Engineering ---------------------------------------------- 2002-2005
K. N. Toosi, University of Technology , Tehran, Iran

B.Sc. : Surveying and Geomatics Engineering ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1997-2002
University of Tehran , Tehran, Iran


Professional Experience:


Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF, USA ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Memorial University, Canada ------------------------------------------------------- 2014 - Present

Senior Remote Sensing Engineer, C-CORE, Canada ------------------------------------------------------- 2013 - 2018

NSERC Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow, AAFC, Canada ----------------------------------------------------- 2012 - 2013

Research Assistant - PhD Student, University of New Brunswick, Canada ------------------------ 2008 - 2012

Stipend Instructor, University of New Brunswick, Canada ----------------------------------------------- 2009 - 2011

Research Assistant - MSc. Student, K.N. Toosi University of Tech., Iran --------------------------- 2002 - 2005

Remote Sensing Specialist, Farazamin Consulting Engineers, Iran ---------------------------------- 2006 - 2008

GIS and Photogrammetry Analyst, Farazamin Consulting Engineers, Iran ------------------------- 2003 - 2006

Surveying & Geomatics Engineer, ZaviehYab Consulting Engineers, Iran ------------------------- 2000 - 2002


Professional Appointments:


General Chair, IEEE- STRATUS, IEEE-STRATUS (UAV Remote Sensing) Conference. 2022.

Co-Chair Commission III, Work group III, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), 2022-2026

National Deputy Director, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Unmanned Aerial System Division (UASD), 2022 - present.

Co-organizer and Technical Program Chair, IEEE-STRATUS (UAV Remote Sensing) Conference. 2019 - 2021.

Director, Canadian Remote Sensing Society, 2016 - 2020.

Secretary, Commission III, WGIII, ISPRS-International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Society, 2016-2020.

Registered Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), Canada, 2014 - present

Registered Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (PEGNB), Canada, 2012-2014

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, 2012 - present

Canadian Institute of Geomatics, 2012 - present

American Geophysical Union, 2015 - present

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2009 - present

Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT), 2009-2012

Association of New Brunswick Land Surveyors 2008 - 2012

The Canadian Association of Geographers 2012- 2014


Honors and Awards

Co-Author of the Best Cover Paper of 2019 by Remote Sensing - MDPI Open Access Journal

Recipient of 2019 Early-Career Achievements Medal from Canadian Remote Sensing Society

Invited Speaker at Google Booth at AGU 2019 Fall Conference, San Francisco, Dec 10, 2019

ESRI CANADA 2020 Map Calendar Contest winner (together with my student Masoud Mahdianpari)

IEEE Senior Member-SMIEEE, 2017

"Distinct PhD Dissertation" by my student, Masoud Mahdianpari, May 2019, Memorial University, Canada

"Distinct PhD Dissertation" by my student, Fariba Mohammadimanesh, May 2019, Memorial University, Canada

Feature Paper of Remote Sensing Open access Journal-MDPI, 2018

IEEE NECEC 2016 David Collett Best Industry Paper

MITACS Accelerate Grant, 2017-2019

NSERC Discovery Grant, 2015-2019

Environment Canada NWCF, 2015-2018

Environment Canada AEI Fund, 2015-2018

Newfoundland and Labrador RDC Ignite Grant, 2014-2016

NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories, 2012-2013

Oral presentation award, Science and Engineering, GRC, UNB, Canada, April 2012

2012 ERDAS - DigitalGlobe Geospatial Challenge , WorldView-2 Imagery

First Paper Prize, Dep Graduate Student Paper Competition, UNB, Canada, 2011

2011 DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge Contest, WorldView-2 Imagery

UNB Research Assistantship Award, 2008-2012

UNB Graduate Research Assistantship Award , 2008-2012

K. N. Toosi University of Technology Elite (Selective) Researcher Award , 2005

Int. Assoc. for Exch. of Students for Technical Exp. (IAESTE) Award, Croatia 2004

Ranked 12 (among more than 3K), the Nation-wide Graduate Studies exam, Geomatics Eng., Iran, 2002.

Ranked 632 (among more than 200K), the highly competitive Nation-wide university entrance exam for undergraduate studies, Iran, 1997.