Marcus Stefanou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Computer Science Department at Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Marcus Stefanou is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he is coordinating the school's data science initiatives. His current research interest is at the intersection of data science and earth remote sensing to facilitate a balanced framework for system architecture, design, performance assessment, and information exploitation. Specifically, he seeks to devise efficient search strategies for patterns of interest in large remote sensing datasets to solve a wide array of military, law enforcement, environmental, and civil problem sets.
In February 2016, he retired from the United States Air Force where he served as the Chief of Engineering and Integration for the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He oversaw the enterprise technical baselines associated with the development, deployment and sustainment of the nation's space-based infrared and weather systems. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Stefanou served at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the Imagery Intelligence Directorate and the Mission Support Directorate, and deployed as the NRO's senior field representative in Afghanistan.
Dr. Stefanou graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. He served in a variety of assignments as an aircraft maintenance officer and logistician, deploying in support of Operations Southern Watch, Deny Flight, and Iraqi Freedom. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1997. His thesis examined the application of statistical signal processing techniques to extracting information from hyperspectral images. In 2000, he was selected as the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In 2003, he executed an interservice transfer to the United States Air Force and served in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, developing novel infrared airborne sensors. He received his Doctorate in Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008. His dissertation focused on the problem of cataloging high dimensionality spectral images using a searchable, quantifiable metric of utility.