John P. Kerekes is a Professor of Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a past Director of RIT’s Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining RIT in 2004, he spent 15 years as a member of the Technical Staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. His doctoral dissertation “Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis of Optical Remote Sensing Systems” defined the direction of his career and has been the focus of his research ever since. With funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as many other government agencies and industrial organizations, he has developed modeling tools and performed analyses to explore the capabilities of new airborne and satellite remote sensing instruments to acquire data for various applications. His work has involved systems for object detection, vegetation monitoring, ice sheet elevation measurement, land cover classification, and atmospheric sounding. This research has resulted in over 175 publications. Dr. Kerekes has been an active volunteer with the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, including two terms on the Administrative Committee. In 2017, he received the GRSS Outstanding Service Award. In his current role as the GRSS Chief Financial Officer he is helping to guide efforts to promote environmental remote sensing activity and education around the world.State Department Profile
Under Secretary for Management
Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation
John Kerekes serves as an Eco-Technologist in the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) within the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI). The mission of GDI is to improve the environmental sustainability of the Department's global operations. John is advising GDI on the use of earth observing satellite technology to augment the Department's network of air quality monitors installed at U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. In this role, he is working with scientists at EPA, NASA, NOAA, and international organizations to leverage the ground monitor data in support of improved global air quality satellite retrievals and forecasting. He is also supporting efforts at advancing the use of citizen science for environmental monitoring and serving as a liaison between GDI and other offices within State and across the U.S. government on environmental sustainability and resilience.