Fabiano Rodrigues

Fellow, Eugene McDermott Professor
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).


de Paula, E. R., E. A. Kherani, M. A. Abdu, I. S. Batista, J. H. A. Sobral, I. J. Kantor, H. Takahashi, L. F. C. de Rezende, M. T. A. H. Muella, F. S. Rodrigues, P. M. Kintner, B. M. Ledvina, C. Mitchell and K. M. Groves, Characteristics of the ionospheric F-region plasma instabilities over Brazilian longitudinal Sector, Indian Journal of Radio and Space Physics, 36, 268-277, 2007. 2007 - Publication
Aquino, M., F. S. Rodrigues, J. Souter, T. Moore, A. Dodson and S. Waugh, Ionospheric scintillation and impact on GNSS users in Northern Europe: results of a 3-year study, Space Communications Journal, IOS Press, 20, 17-29, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Aquino, M., T. Moore, A. Dodson, S. Waugh, J. Souter, and F. S. Rodrigues, Implications of ionospheric scintillation for GNSS users in Northern Europe, Journal of Navigation, 58(2), 241-256, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., E. R. de Paula, M. A. Abdu, A. C. Jardim, K. N. Iyer, P. M. Kintner, and D. L. Hysell, Equatorial spread F irregularity characteristics over So Luis, Brazil, using VHF radar and GPS scintillation techniques, Radio Science, 39, RS1S31, doi:10.1029/2002RS002826, 2004. 2004 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., C. G. M. Brum, K. Makita, M. Nishino, E. R. De Paula, M. A. Abdu, K. Nozaki, D. B.Contreira, M. R. Da Silva, and N. J. Schuch, Commercial radio receiver for lower ionosphere monitoring: initial results, Geofisica Internacional, 43, 193-198, 2004. 2004 - Publication
de Paula, E. R., K. N. Iyer, D. L. Hysell, F. S. Rodrigues, E. A. Kherani, A. C. Jardim, L. F. C.Rezende, S. G. Dutra and N. B. Trivedi Multi-technique investigations of storm-time ionospheric irregularities over the Sao Luis equatorial station in Brazil, Annales Geophysicae, 22, 3513-3522, 2004. 2004 - Publication
Contreira, D. B., F. S. Rodrigues, K. Makita, C. G. M. Brum, W. Gonzalez, N. B. Trivedi, M.R. da Silva and N..J. Schuch, An experiment to study solar effects on radio-communication signals, Advances in Space Research, 36(12), 2455-2459, 2004. 2004 - Publication
Rodrigues, F. S., M. H. O. Aquino, A. Dodson, T. Moore, and S. Waugh, Statistical Analysis of GPS Ionospheric Scintillation and Short-Time TEC Variations Over Northern Europe, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, 51(1), 59-75, 2004. 2004 - Publication
de Paula, E. R., F. S. Rodrigues, K. N. Iyer, I. J. Kantor, M. A. Abdu, P. M. Kintner, B. M. Ledvina, and H. Kil, Equatorial Anomaly Effects on GPS Scintillations in Brazil, Advances in Space Research, 31(3), 749-754, 2003. 2003 - Publication
Nishino, M., K. Makita, K. Yumoto; F. S. Rodrigues, N. J. Schuch, and M. A. Abdu Unusual ionospheric absorption characterizing energetic electron precipitation into the South Atlantic Anomaly, Earth, Planets and Space, 54, 907-916, 2002. 2002 - 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.