Saurabh Channan

Saurabh Channan

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Saurabh Channan is the Co-Founder and CEO at terraPulse. Saurabh has several years of experience in managing and developing infrastructure for large scale data housing and processing. He started his journey in geospatial world at the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland. His professional career has focused on leading teams, building applications and systems, and distributing and processing large volumes of geospatial data. In 2009, he led the GLCF team that produced the world's first global tree and water cover products. In 2013, he spearheaded the acquisition and roll out of the first high performance computing platform for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland. Saurabh has a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and MS from Johns Hopkins University in Information System.
Joe Sexton

Joseph Sexton

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder

Joe Sexton is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of terraPulse. Following a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University and a postdoc at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Joe developed the machine-learning theory that produced the world’s first global, Landsat-based maps of tree-canopy and surface-water cover and the first satellite-based time-series of urban impervious surface cover. While at the University of Maryland’s Global Land Cover Facility, Sexton also developed satellite-based algorithms for monitoring forest growth and loss, plant productivity and stress, and wildlife habitat dynamics. Loyal to his roots in natural resource management, Sexton works with scientists and land managers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America and has published his theoretical and practical solutions in the top journals in the field, including Nature Climate Change, Science Advances, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Remote Sensing of Environment.
Min Feng

Min Feng

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Min Feng, Dr. Feng is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of terraPulse. Dr. Feng completed his Ph.D. and master degrees in Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He has worked at the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland (GLCF), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and United Nations Environment Programme- Global Resource Information Database (UNEP-GRID). His research has focused on mapping and monitoring land cover dynamics through extensive integration of data and models. Dr. Feng was responsible for implementing the algorithms that produced the world's first global 30-m resolution inland water and tree cover maps. Dr. Feng is lead author or co-author of more than 50 papers published in top journals related to remote sensing, environmental sciences, and computer sciences. He is also the leading patentee of 2 patent and certified as Advanced Programmer by the Ministry of Information Industry of China.