Fabiano Rodrigues

Associate Professor - Physics

Professional Preparation

PhD - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - 2008
MS - Space Sciences
National Institute for Space Research - INPE, Brazil - 2003
BS - Electrical Engineering
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria - UFSM, Brazil - 2001

Research Areas

Some of the research areas that I am currently interested are: Physics of the upper atmosphere, ionospheric electrodynamics and irregularities, development and application of remote sensing techniques for fundamental and applied studies of the upper atmosphere, numerical modeling studies of the thermosphere and ionosphere, and studies of ionospheric irregularity effects on signals used by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).


Kelley, M. C., F. S. Rodrigues, J. J. Makela, R. T. Tsunoda, P. A. Roddy, D. E. Hunton, J. M. Retterer, O. D. L. Beaujardiere, E. R. de Paula, and R. R. Ilma, C/NOFS and radar observations during a convective ionospheric storm event over South America, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L00C07, doi:10.1029/2009GL039378, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Fritts, D. C., M. A. Abdu, B. R. Batista, I. S. Batista, P. P. Batista, R. Buriti, B. R. Clemesha, T. Dautermann, E. R. de Paula, B. J. Fechine, B. G. Fejer, D. Gobbi, J. Haase, F. Kamalabadi, E. A. Kherani, B. Laughman, P. P. Lima, H.-L. Liu, A. Medeiros, P.-D. Pautet, D. M. Riggin, F. S. Rodrigues, F. So Sabbas, J. H. A. Sobral, P. Stamus, H. Takahashi, M. J. Taylor, S. L. Vadas, F. Vargas, and C. M. Wrasse, Overview and summary of the Spread F Experiment (SpreadFEx), Annales Geophysicae, 27, 2141-2155, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Nicolls, M. J., F. S. Rodrigues, G. S. Bust, and J. L. Chau, Estimating E region density proles from radio occultation measurements assisted by IDA4D, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 114, A10316, doi:10.1029/2009JA014399, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., M. C. Kelley, P. A. Roddy, D. E. Hunton, R. F. Pfa, O. de La Beaujardire, and G. S. Bust, C/NOFS observations of intermediate and transitional scale size equatorial spread irregularities, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L00C05, doi:10.1029/2009GL038905, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Shume, E. B., E. R. de Paula, S. Maus, D. L. Hysell, F. S. Rodrigues, and A. Bekele, Equatorial zonal electric fields inferred from a 3-D electrostatic potential model and ground-based magnetic field measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 114, A06305, doi:10.1029/2009JA014158. 2009. 2008 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., D. L. Hysell, and E. R. de Paula, Coherent backscatter radar imaging in Brazil: large-scale waves in the bottomside F-region at the onset of equatorial spread F, Annales Geophysicae, 26, 3355-3364, 2008. 2008 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., M. J. Nicolls, and D. L. Hysell, Improved electron density measurements at Jicamarca, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 112, A11315, doi:10.1029/2007JA012598, 2007. 2007 - Publication
Lei, J., S. Syndergaard, A. G. Burns, S. C. Solomon, W.Wang, Z. Zeng, R. G. Roble, Q. Wu, Y-H. Kuo, J. M. Holt, S-R. Zhang, D. L. Hysell, F. S. Rodrigues, and C. H. Lin, Comparison of COSMIC ionospheric measurements with ground-based observations and model predictions: Preliminary results, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, A07308, doi:10.1029/2006JA012240, 2007. 2007 - Publication
Hysell, D. L., F. S. Rodrigues, J. L. Chau, and J. Huba, Full-profile incoherent scatter analysis at Jicamarca, Annales Geophysicae, 26, 59-75, 2008. 2007 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., M. J. Nicolls, R. Woodman, D. L. Hysell, J. L. Chau, and S. A. Gonzlez, Iongyroresonance observations at Jicamarca revisited, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L13107, doi:10.1029/2007GL029680, 2007. 2007 - Publication


Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2017–Present]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2012–2017]
Research Engineer
ASTRA, LLC [2008–2012]
Graduate Res. Asst.
Cornell University [2003–2008]
Research Associate
The University of Nottingham, UK [2003–2003]
Graduate Res. Asst.
National Institute for Space Research - INPE, Brazil [2001–2003]


CAREER - NSF [2016]
Young Investigator Program - AFOSR [2013]

News Articles

New Prof's Research Looks Skyward for Insights on Ionosphere
Dr. Fabiano Rodrigues joined the UT Dallas faculty this year as an assistant professor in theDepartment of Physics and in the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, a research center in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. One of the factors that attracted him to the University was the institution’s long history of research and expertise in atmospheric and space studies. Rodrigues’s areas of expertise include remote sensing of the upper atmosphere using ground-based radars and GPS signals. Rodrigues has conducted research at some of the largest and most sensitive radio observatories in the world, including theArecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru. He said he plans to engage students in on-site training and learning how experiments are done at these facilities. Rodrigues is currently working on a project that involves deploying special GPS receivers around campus and the surrounding area to investigate the upper atmosphere and its effects on communications and navigation systems. A native of Brazil, Rodrigues earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University. His research has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.