Dr. Maman is currently a research associate in the Homeland Security Institute and director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF), a remote sensing research laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Maman is a remote sensing and aeolian geomorphology specialist. Her main research is in the field of remote sensing and GIS technologies, climate change, and the environmental applications of remote sensing.
She was awarded her M.Sc. in 2006 from the
department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede- Boker campus. Her M.Sc. research focused on the remote sensing of indigenous water harvesting in Turkmenistan. In 2007, she received the Negev-Zin Scholarship, from the Kreitman School for Advanced Graduate Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to pursue her
investigating the mobility and stability of the Central Asian sand seas (Karakum and Kyzylkum) by remote sensing. Dr. Maman currently advises her own masters and doctoral level students in remote sensing and planetary science research through her role as director of EPIF.
In addition, Dr. Maman is an integral part of the research team leading BGUSAT, Israeli academia's first nanosatellite, which was successfully launched into space on February 15, 2017. The satellite is only 10x10x30 centimeters and weighs barely five kilograms. Its SWIR camera can detect climate phenomena and it possesses a guidance system that allows operators to select target imaging regions through a dedicated ground station at EPIF.
In addition to her academic duties, Dr. Maman leads a variety of education and public outreach programs for youth promoting Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects using hands-on research activities and GIS technologies. In the past year, with the goal of encouraging and empowering young girls in STEAM subjects, Dr. Maman established a unique all-girl GIS and remote sensing science program called She-Space. She-Space empowers young high-school aged women, without advanced science preparation, to conduct hands-on remote sensing and GIS science projects and therefore develop stronger connections to STEAM subjects and increased scientific curiosity and confidence. The next steps for She-Space are to expand the students' connections with the growth of the program to She-Space International.
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