Prof. Dr. Irena Hajnsek

Prof. Dr.  Irena Hajnsek

Prof. Dr. Irena Hajnsek

Institut für Umweltingenieurwiss.

HCP G 33.3

Leopold-Ruzicka-Weg 4

8093 Zürich


  • +41 44 633 74 55
  • +41 44 633 91 58 (Sec.)
  • 0000-0002-0926-3283
  • V-Card (vcf, 1kb)

Additional information

Curriculum Vitae

Irena Hajnsek has been Professor of Earth Observation and Remote Sensing at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich since November 2009. She concurrently heads the Polarimetric SAR Interferometry research group at the Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center – DLR, Germany.  

Her research interests focus on electromagnetic propagation and scattering theory, radar polarimetry, SAR and interferometric SAR data processing techniques, and environmental parameter modelling and estimation. She received her Dipl. degree (Honors) in 1996 from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and the Dr. degree (Honors) in 2001 from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany.  

Professor Hajnsek has been the science coordinator of the German satellite mission TanDEM-X since 2010. She served as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in 2012. Since 2013, she has been a member of the IEEE GRSS AdCom and was elected vice president of the IEEE GRSS Technical Committees in 2016.



Year Distinction
2014 IEEE Fellow for contribution to synthetic aperture radar imaging using airborne sensors and satellite missions
2012 Certificate of Recognition of TanDEM-X Achievements and Impact, EUSAR2012
2012 IEEE W.R.G Baker Paper Award
2008 Best Conference Paper Award EUSAR 2008 in Friedrichshafen, Germany
2008 Co-author IEEE Transactions GRS Prize Paper Award
2008 IEEE Transactions GRS Prize Paper Award
2003 Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Science Prize of the year
2001 Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Best Dissertation prize
JavaScript has been disabled in your browser