Sandra Cruz-Pol

Mayaguez, PR, US
Field of Work 
Electrical Engineering
Earth Remote Sensing, Weather Radars, Radio Frequency, Atmospheric Attenuation, Microwave Engineering, RF Radiation
Univ. Of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Job Title or "Student" 
Electrical Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Sandra Cruz-Pol is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez since 1991. She was the Program Director for the EARS (Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum) program at the National Science Foundation where she was also a Spectrum Manager in 2014-15. She was appointed as the NSF Representative to the IRAC and was a member of the U.S. Delegation at the ITU Radiocommunication meetings in Geneva.
Dr. Cruz-Pol obtained her Ph.D. in EE from Penn State University, her MS at UMass and her BS degree at the UPRM; all three degrees with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.
Her research interests include weather radars, antennas, microwave remote sensing of the Earth, and radio wave propagation. She was a member of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 2010 to 2014 and of the NAS Active Spectrum Study for 2 years. Dr. Cruz-Pol is a senior member of the IEEE, member of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the TBP and PKP Honor Societies. She was the Associate Editor for University Affairs for the IEEE GRSS Newsletter for 5 years.

Dr. Cruz-Pol also identified the need of an organized structure at UPRM to address problems and find solutions to tackle climate change and founded the UPRM Green Campus initiative in 2007. She has developed a vast amount of informative and educational materials, presentations, initiatives and websites in this regard. See the Green Campus (Campus Verde) web site at:

This initiative is affiliated to Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots chapters and it’s a member of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Program. Campus Verde has received sponsorship from National Wildlife Federation, Maximo Solar, RockSolid Inc., Master Paints, Americorps, and the Municipality of Mayagüez.
Writing/blogging, Pets, Dance, Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Other Interests 
Cooking, playing drums, calligraphy, salsa

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