John Paden

John Paden
  • Research Assistant Professor, CReSIS

Contact Info

Nichols Hall Room 325
2335 Irving Hill Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D. in Eletrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2006, Lawrence, KS
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2003, Lawrence, KS
B.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Kansas, 1999, Lawrence, KS


My research focuses on HF to Ka-band signal/data processing and radar system engineering for remote sensing of terrestrial snow and ice (non-atmospheric). Direction of arrival estimation applied to synthetic aperture radar (SAR tomography), differential interferometric SAR (DINSAR), machine learning and image processing applied to radar imaging are my current areas of interest in this field.

Selected Publications

L. An, E. Rignot, S. Elief, M. Morlighem, J. Mouginot, D. M. Holland, D. Holland, J. Paden, Bed elevation of Jakobshavn Isbrae, West Greenland from high-resolution airborne gravity and other data, submitted to Geophysical Research Letters Oct 2016. 

Maryam Rahnemoonfar, Geoffrey Fox, Masoud Yari, John Paden, “Automatic Bedrock and Ice Layer Boundaries Estimation in Radar Imagery Based on Level Set Approach,” accepted with major revisions Oct 2016 to IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 

A. Winter, D. Steinhage, E. J. Arnold, D. D. Blankenship, M. G. P. Cavitte, H. F. J. Corr, 

J. D. Paden, S. Urbini, D. A. Young, and O. Eisen, “Radio-echo sounding measurements and ice-core synchronization at Dome C, Antarctica,” submitted Jun 2016 to The Cryosphere, tc-2016-147. 

Nanna B. Karlsson, Olaf Eisen, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Johannes Freitag, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Lisbeth T. Nielsen, John D. Paden, Anna Winter, Frank 

Wilhelms, “700a accumulation rates in North Central Greenland derived from radar data,” Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 4, article 97, Nov 16, 2016. 

Thomas Jordan, Jonathan Bamber, Chris Williams, John Paden, Martin Siegert, Philippe Huybrechts, Olivier Gagliardini, and Fabien Gillet-Chaulet, An ice-sheet wide framework for englacial attenuation and basal reflection from ice penetrating radar data, accepted Jun 2016 to The Cryosphere. 

Joseph MacGregor, Mark Fahnestock, Ginny Catania, Andy Aschwanden, Gary Clow, William Colgan, Siva Prasad Gogineni, Mathieu Morlighem, Sophie Nowicki, John Paden, Stephen Price, Helene Seroussi, A synthesis of the basal thermal state of the Greenland Ice Sheet, accepted to the Journal of Geophysical Research Jun 2016. 

Awards & Honors

AGU Cryosphere Early Career Award 2016 

Leading Light Award for $1M in external funding, The University of Kansas 2014 NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA P3 Aircraft Antarctic Mission Team 2014 NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Ice Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercise Team 2013 

NASA Group Achievement Award, Operation IceBridge Team 2011 Microsoft (Vexcel) Gold Star Award 2009 

Finalist for Kansas University Argersinger Dissertation Award 2007 R K Moore Dissertation Award 2007 for best departmental thesis 

University of Kansas Graduate Student Research Competition 2006 Third Place Award Selected to present at the Kansas State Graduate Student Research Summit 

NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship 2002-2005 ITTC Graduate Fellowship 2003-2004 

Graduate School of Engineering Scholarship 2001-2002 University of Kansas Travel Grant 2001 

IEEE Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service 1998-1999 AT&T Labs Student Enterprise Award (IEEE Chapter Award) 1997 Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society (For Graduate Teaching) 

Dr. Ivan L. Boyd Scholarship for Community Service 1994