Dr. Benjamin Patrick Michael

Dr. Benjamin Patrick Michael

  • AST, DATA ANALYSIS
  • 301.614.5370
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 61A
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Patrick Michael is a Computer Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and currently associated with the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS), and the Space Geodesy Project (SGP). As the Manager of the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) - NASA's repository of space geodesy and space geodynamical data - he oversees a staff and system that is internationally recognized as the premier archive of space geodesy data, particularly, GNSS, laser ranging, VLBI, and DORIS data sets that currently serves over 700,000+ individual science users and provides over two billion downloads of data annually. He has participated over the years in the study of planetary atmospheres, analog studies of cosmic dust and proto-planetary systems and currently is focused on large scale science data archiving and data discovery. He has over 30 years of experience with NASA, US Department of Defense (DoD) and academia in the development of science data systems, high performance computing, database design, program management and information technology (IT) security. He holds memberships on several International Association of Geodesy (IAG) services and has a passion for promoting interdisciplinary research to the global Earth Science community using space geodetic data and products through integration with NASA’s Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS) and other international data systems.

    Current Projects

    Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS)

    Manager, Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS). NASA’s archive of space geodesy data, specifically, GNSS, laser ranging, VLBI, and DORIS data sets, supporting the International GNSS Service (IGS), International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS), International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS), International DORIS Service (IDS), and the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS). http://cddis.nasa.gov

    Space Geodesy Project (SGP)

    Systems Engineering: Joint GSFC/JPL Space Geodesy Project proposal to fund completion of the next generation space geodesy prototype systems and develop plan for project implementation.  Lead on IT network design and security.

    International GNSS Service (IGS) Governing Board

    Currently a member of the IGS governing board having been elected to a four year term in Dec 2020 representing the 7 global data centers of the IGS. Tasks include coordination of activities across the global data centers, review of quality control measures actions affecting the data centers.

    International DORIS Service (IDS)

    Currently a member of the IDS governing board having been reelected to a three year term in Jan 2021 representing the three global data centers of the IDS. Tasks include coordination of activities across the global data centers, review of quality control measures actions affecting the data centers.

    Positions/Employment

    2/2020 - Present

    Manager - Crustal Dynamics Data Information Systems (CDDIS)

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    11/2013 - 1/2020

    Deputy Manager - Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS)

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    9/2012 - 10/2013

    Chief Operations and Integration

    NATO - Training Mission Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
    1/2001 - 10/2013

    Senior Researcher

    Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    1/1998 - 12/2000

    Resident Research Associate

    National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC
    8/1997 - 12/1997

    Visiting Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    8/1995 - 5/1997

    Adjunct Professor - Physics

    Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

    Education

    1998 - Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) - University of Virginia
    1994 - M.S. (Chemical Engineering) - University of Virginia
    1991 - B.S. (Chemistry, Physics) - Shepherd Univeristy
    1991 - A.S. (Engineering Technology) - Shepherd University
     

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union (AGU), 1998 - Present
    Member
    International Association of Geodesy (IAG), 2012 - Present
    Fellow
    International GNSS Service (IGS), 2012 - Present
    Governing Board Member
    American Society of Naval Engineers, 1999 - Present
    Member
    International DORIS Service (IDS), 2012 - Present
    Governing Board Member
    International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS), 2013 - Present
    Fellow

    Awards

    2016 - NASA Peer Award

    2015,2016 - NASA Performance Award

    2013 - Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    2013 - Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal

    2012 - Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal

    2011 - Admiral Stephen S. Israel Leadership Award

    2011 - Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal

    2011 - Joint Achievement Medal

    2005 - NASA Peer Award

    1995,1996,1997 - NASA Graduate Student Exceptional Performance

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Patrick Michael is a Computer Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and currently associated with the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS), and the Space Geodesy Project (SGP). As the Manager of the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) - NASA's repository of space geodesy and space geodynamical data - he oversees a staff and system that is internationally recognized as the premier archive of space geodesy data, particularly, GNSS, laser ranging, VLBI, and DORIS data sets that currently serves over 700,000+ individual science users and provides over two billion downloads of data annually. He has participated over the years in the study of planetary atmospheres, analog studies of cosmic dust and proto-planetary systems and currently is focused on large scale science data archiving and data discovery. He has over 30 years of experience with NASA, US Department of Defense (DoD) and academia in the development of science data systems, high performance computing, database design, program management and information technology (IT) security. He holds memberships on several International Association of Geodesy (IAG) services and has a passion for promoting interdisciplinary research to the global Earth Science community using space geodetic data and products through integration with NASA’s Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS) and other international data systems.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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