Nathaniel Hanson is a programmer/analyst who supports The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group with software development and data modeling efforts. He holds a BS degree in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MA degree in computer science from Boston University. He is concurrently a PhD candidate in the computer engineering program at Northeastern University’s Institute for Experiential Robotics.
Hanson’s research interests lie at the intersection of remote sensing technologies and robotics. In the past, he was extensively involved in the design and implementation of Geographic Information System web platforms and decision-making tools for a variety of use cases. His PhD research focuses on bringing hyperspectral imaging and near-infrared spectroscopy into lighter and cheaper form factors for use in robotic applications. Within Lincoln Laboratory, Hanson is active in collaborative efforts with MIT campus, including the Beaver Works Summer Institute as the lead instructor for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle racing program and the New Engineering Education Transformation as a mentor for the capstone engineering course.