Michael Eismann is the Senior Scientist for Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensors at the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this capacity, he serves as a principal scientific authority for the Air Force, and is responsible for the technical direction of a research program with a $200M annual budget, a research staff of over 200 scientists and engineers, and a technical scope encompassing electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor research for all Air Force customers. He is an internationally recognized authority on passive infrared imaging and hyperspectral remote sensing, and continues to perform both basic and applied defense research in these areas. He is the author of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing (SPIE Press, 2012); most of the images in this video are from the book.
Eismann also serves as an adjunct professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Chairman of the Optics Technology Focus Group for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) panel, Associate Editor of Optical Engineering and active participant in multiple professional societies including as Board of Directors member for SPIE. Prior to joining AFRL in 1996, he was employed by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), where he was involved in research concerning active and passive optical and infrared targeting and reconnaissance, optical information processing, and holographic optics.
He received his PhD in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton. He is a fellow of SPIE, and received the President's Award from SPIE in 2012.