Dr. Thayer is the Joseph T. Negler Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder and Chief Technology Officer for ASTRALiTe, Inc – a lidar technologies company. He holds US and European patents related to lidar technologies and has over 29 years of experience in lidar remote sensing instrumentation and analysis applied to studies of the atmosphere, near space, and most recently mapping topographic and aquatic environments.
Dr. Thayer leads the Active Remote Sensing Lab (ARSENL) at CU designed to support undergraduate and graduate students in lidar theory, design, development, and deployment. The lab has built various types of lidars involving Rayleigh, Mie, Raman, resonance, polarization, and surface scattering processes using photon counting, geiger, and analog acquisition approaches. These lidar systems have been deployed on aircraft, UAS, sea containers, and field sites in remote locations (such as Greenland). Professor Thayer has supervised 18 PhD students, 12 Masters students, three post-doctorates, and numerous undergraduates since joining the faculty at CU in 2004. Prior to arriving at CU, Professor Thayer was a senior research physicist at SRI International in Menlo Park. CA.