Graber Receives German-American Business Chamber’s 2011 Award of Excellence

Hans Graber

MIAMI — Dr. Hans Graber of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science received the 2011 Award of Excellence presented by the German American Business Chamber of Florida, South East Chapter on Thursday, August 18. The event, held at Northern Trust Bank was sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, The Law Offices of Baur & Klein P.A. and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

In accepting the award Graber said he was humbled by the recognition and thanked the German American Business Chamber, Michael Claus and the Countess Kendeffy for their leadership. He also thanked his team at CSTARS and the University, as well as his wife Elaine and four children, Andreas, Peter, Kira and Cody.

Graber, who has been with the University of Miami for more than 20 years, is a tenured professor and serves as Associate Dean for Infrastructure for UM’s Rosenstiel School on Virginia Key. Since its inception in 2003, Graber has overseen the University’s Center for Southeastern Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) in south Miami-Dade County and is currently its Executive Director. CSTARS employs low earth-orbiting satellite systems to directly downlink, high-resolution data from satellites for environmental monitoring.

This past June, CSTARS was recognized with the Innovation Award presented by The Alliance For Earth Observation in Washington D.C, for its extensive coverage of the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. Providing unprecedented daily coverage of the area from Texas to Florida, CSTARS supplied government agencies with more than 1,200 images for decision-support at federal, state and local levels.

Graber received his Sc.D. in Hydrodynamics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), and his S.M. in Coastal Engineering, also from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979). He attended The City College of New York, where he received his B.E. in Civil Engineering (1977). Graber is a member of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and a Charter Member of The Oceanography Society.

About the University of Miami and CSTARS
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Launched in 2003, the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) is a major program of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Employing low earth-orbiting satellite systems, CSTARS scientists conduct research using remotely sensed data. In additional to directly downlinked, high-resolution data for environmental monitoring the Center also furnishes a reliable communications channel for researchers stationed at the Antarctic Southpole Research Station, connecting via VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol. For more information, please visit

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