Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Robert J Swap

(Associate Director for Mission Planning)

Robert J Swap's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6044
Org Code: 610
Mail Code 610
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Robert (Bob) Swap is currently the Associate Division Director for Mission Planning in the Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to assuming this position he served as the Principal Investigator of the NASA Pandora Project in Goddard’s Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory.  While serving as a Research Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, he has served as: Principal Investigator of the Southern African Regional Science Initiative (SAFARI 2000); Director of the Eastern Virginia Networks and Associations regional knowledge network (ESAVANA); Fulbright Senior Specialist in Mozambique; Subject Expert for the 2008 U.S. State Department’s GDEST-Africa delegation on Geospatial Science and Technology for Sustainable Development; U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Windhoek, Namibia; and Earth Science Directorate Program Officer in the Radiation Sciences Program in the Earth Sciences Division Research and Analysis program at NASA’s HQ. Dr. Swap received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia while working on topics related to the long range transport and impact of African aerosols. He is the 2012 Carnegie Foundation Virginia Professor of the Year for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring and holds the title of Extraordinary Professor in Environmental Sciences and Management at North West University-Potchefstroom, South Africa. He was also inducted into the University of Virginia Academy of Teaching in 2014.  In addition to his research interests, Dr. Robert Swap is a practitioner of Science Diplomacy and Servant Leadership who has held many academic and governmental leadership positions related to collaborative research and education in emerging regions, most notably sub-equatorial Africa and Brazil. He is often called upon to share his expertise on topics including international partnerships, engaged pedagogies, servant leadership, and Science Diplomacy for numerous universities and institutions such as AAAS, TWAS, and the UN.

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