Santhosh K. Seelan, Ph.D.
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus
B.Sc. Geology. 1971. Annamalai University, India
M.Sc. Applied Geology. 1974. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
P.G. Diploma in Groundwater Research. 1975. Hebrew Institute of Jerusalem, Israel
Certificate of Advanced Training in Remote Sensing. 1979. Free University of Berlin, Germany
Ph.D. Remote Sensing. 1994.
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India
Santhosh Seelan joined the Space Studies faculty in fall 2005. He served as the Graduate Director of the department from 2006 to 2009 and as Chair from 2010 to 2016. For a six year period from 2010 to 2016, he also served as the Director of North Dakota’s Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR programs. Seelan also served as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Aerospace Sciences on three different occasions. He was the founding Chair of UND's newly formed Department of Earth System Science and Policy before he came to the Space Studies Department. He came to UND in 1998 to work for the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium where he helped establish a sophisticated geospatial lab and lead a NASA sponsored project on Crop and Range Alert System aimed at promoting geospatial technologies among farmers and ranchers of the Upper Midwest. This project involves near real time delivery of satellite data products and services to end users, application development, and training.
Before joining UND, Seelan worked as a Land Information Consultant with Terralink, Wellington, a New Zealand government owned enterprise, creating a nationwide land cover database using SPOT, Landsat and IRS imagery. Prior to that, he worked with India's remote sensing program for 17 years, initially in applications development, and later as Head of India's satellite data distribution center and Project Director, Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) data distribution. His early work on researching the use of remote sensing for targeting groundwater, and his later contributions to India's technology mission on drinking water through practical use of the technology, earned him nationwide recognition and a nomination for the “National Mineral Award”.
He has served on the IRS Mission Management Board, Remote Sensing Applications Mission Council of India, and the Prime Minister's Task Force on providing drinking water to the rural population of India. Preceding his involvement with India's remote sensing program, he had worked with a consultancy firm, providing natural resource management solutions. Seelan has authored or co-authored over 150 articles, conference papers, technical reports, book, book chapters and abstracts. In recognition of his contributions, he received the title of “Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor” at the UND’s spring 2014 commencement.
Having lived in six countries and four continents, Seelan brought a wealth of international experience to the department and actively pursued international collaborations. Seelan enjoyed advising students and was recognized as the “Outstanding Student Organization Advisor” at the UND Memorial Union Leadership Awards Ceremony in 2009 and again in 2011 & 2012 for serving as advisor to both Student Association of India, and International Student Organization, and in helping to organize “Feast of Nations” an annual cultural event. As an Emeritus Professor, he continues to enjoy interacting with students interested in space studies at UND.
- Seelan, S. 2016. Groundwater Targeting Using Remote Sensing. Chapter under ‘Hydrology and Water Resources’ section of Volume III of Remote Sensing Handbook. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, pp 23-55.
- Zhang, X., S. Seelan, J. Nowatzki. 2014. "Technological innovations bringing spatial technology to precision agriculture in the Northern Great Plains." Technology and Innovation 16 (1), 27-35.
- Zhang, Xiaodong, H.J. Kim, D.A. Claypool, R. Sivanpillai, and S. Seelan. 2011. "Near real time high resolution airborne camera, AEROCam, for precision agriculture." Geocarto International. Vol 26, No 7, 537-551.
- Zhang, Xiaodong, S. Seelan and G. Seielstad. 2010. "Digital Northern Great Plains: A Web-Based System Delivering Near Real Time Remote Sensing Data for Precision Agriculture." Remote Sensing. 2(3), 861-873.
- Kurz, B and S. Seelan. 2009. "Use of Remote Sensing to Map Irrigated Agriculture in Areas Overlying the Ogallala Aquifer, United States." Book Chapter. Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security, Taylor and Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications. Pages 199-215.
- Seelan, S, D. Baumgartner, G. Casady, V. Nangia, G. Seielstad. 2007. "Empowering Farmers and Ranchers with Geospatial Knowledge: A Success Story from the U.S. Upper Midwest." Geocarto International. Vol 22, No. 2,
- Casady G, R. Hanley and S. Seelan. 2005. "Detection of Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) With the Use of Multi-Date High Resolution Imagery." Weed Technology. 19:462-467.
- Seelan, S, S. Laguette, G. Casady and G. Seielstad. 2003. "Remote sensing applications for precision agriculture: a learning community approach." Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol 88/1-2 pp 157-169.