Dr. MICHAEL JOSEPH WAY

Dr. MICHAEL JOSEPH WAY

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
  • 212.678.5665 | 111.111.1111
  • NASA GISS
  • 2880 Broadway
  • New York , NY 10025
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Educated with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998. Worked as a part-time computer consultant during Ph.D. studies. After Ph.D. worked at Princeton University for 3 years before joining NASA/Ames Research Center. In 2012 joined the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

    Research Interests

    Multi-Scale Structure of the Universe

    Worked for several years on novel algorithms for estimating the multi-scale stucture of the physical universe using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This was compared with results derived from N-Body simulations such as a the Millennium Simulation.These types of comparisons tell one how well our present knowledge of how structures grow via gravitation fit the natural world.

    General Circulation Modeling as applied to Planetary Atmospheres

    Using the GISS General Circulation Model for modern day Earth simulations, in recent years we have expanded it's capabilities to model paleo Earth, modern and paleo Mars, and paleo Venus. We currently have funding to expand the model to the atmosphere of Titan.

    Current Projects

    Planetary Atmospheric Modeling

    Currently using funding from NASA's PATM program to expand the capabilities of the GISS General Circulation Model to the atmosphere of present day Titan.

    Positions/Employment

    1/2012 - Present

    Information Technology Specialist and Research Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Institute for Space Studies New York, NY 10025 Research Scientist currently working on both the Multi-Scale Structure of the Universe and Planetary Atmospheric Modeling. 30-40% of time is also spent as the Computer Security Official for GISS.
    Many duties are the same as those performed at NASA/Ames from 2000-2011.

    10/2000 - 12/2011

    Astrophysicist

    NASA, Ames Research Center Space Science Division M.S. 245-6 Moffett Field, CA, 94035 PI and Co-I on several NASA research grants and directed funding projects. Two recent software projects that have come about from this funding are:
    http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/viewpoints
    http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/AISRPCodeLibraryServer

    Lead editor on a book titled “Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining for Astronomy” published in January 2012, http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mway/book

    Act as an interface between Astronomers and Computer Scientists to foster collaborations and joint funding projects.

    Continued research and publication in Astrophysical topics.

    2004-2007: Computer Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Science and Astrobiology Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA/Ames Research Center (ARC). This involves understanding the computer security requirements of NASA, the science requirements of my directorate, and the systems and network architecture of Ames Research Center. 2000-2004 Acted as assistant to the former CSO and CIO for SMD at Ames.

    Support scientific computing in the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Branches at ARC. This included building/maintaining a small beowulf cluster from my own research funds which was also used by other groups. Designed, built and maintained a 5TB database server of Astronomical data for interdisciplinary research.

    End user consultations provided on occasion for a variety of products: Matlab, C, Fortran, shell, tex, perl, html, PGPlot, IRAF, IDL, Mathematica, etc.

    7/1997 - 7/2000

    Senior Technical Staff

    Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Published several papers related to Ph.D. thesis regarding AGN in galaxy clusters.

    Advisor to several undergraduate and graduate projects with department

    Supported a 64 cpu SGI Origin 2000 supercomputer for the department.

    Administered a network of 70+ desktop/server computers running various operating systems including: SUN (running SunOS and Solaris), SGI (Origin 2000, Origin 200, Indy: Irix 5.3-6.5), Intel (running Linux, NetBSD, WinNT and Win 95), and Apple.

    Designed, built and ran a 17 node beowulf cluster in 1997.

    End user support provided: Programming in C/C++, Fortran, cshell, awk, perl, html. Supported graphics, mathematical and image processing utilities(e.g. PGPlot, IRAF, IDL, AIPS, Mathematica, Matlab, etc).
    1/1994 - 7/2000

    Computer Consultant

    Various Employers including Technology Applications Incorporated, The University of Missouri, The American Museum of Natural History, and others., Various locations, but mostly in St. Louis, Missouri, and New York City. Offered network integration services to a variety of clients, but specifically included:

    Hardware and software design, configuration and system administration of Internet Service Provider (ISP) system at Telecom New Zealand.

    Assisted in construction of ISP specific software installation and configuration manual.

    Configuration/installation of RAID disk arrays, firewall, radius, httpd, HA Failover, Xyplex Terminal Server, and other ISP related tools.

    Worked in a team to help design and integrate the aforementioned system into the current Telecom New Zealand infrastructure.

    Integrated a variety of networks consisting of SUN, SGI, RS6000, Apollo, HP-UX, VAX/VMS, Linux, Win 95/98, and Apple for print and file sharing.

    Installed new computer hardware and software as needed and some end user support was provided.

    Programming Languages/utilities used included: Unigraphics, C/C++, Fortran, shell, PGPlot, IRAF, IDL, AIPS.

    Teaching Experience

    2007-2010: Adjunct Professor - Department of Physics, City University of New York, Hunter and Queens Colleges, New York, NY, USA

    Education

    Ph.D. 1998 Physics, University of Missouri - St.Louis
    M.S. 1991 Physics, University of Missouri - St.Louis
    B.S. 1989 Physics, University of Missouri - Columbia

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 1990 - Present
    American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2010 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2014 - Present

    Professional Service

    - Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding 2012/10, https://c3.nasa.gov/dashlink/events/1/
    Space Science Chair

    - "Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932", 2012/09, Lowell Observatory, http://www2.lowell.edu/workshops/slipher/ Principal Conference Organizer

    - "An Odyssey in the Galaxy Archipelago", 2012/06,  http://www.astro.uu.se/~bettan/odyssey/home.html
    Science Organizing Committee member

    - “The New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Sciences 2011”, 2011/03, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, http://www.giss.nasa.gov/meetings/cess2011

    - “The New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Sciences”, 2009/03, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, http://www.giss.nasa.gov/meetings/cess2009

    - “ROSES Code S & TWorkshop 2006”, 2006/03, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Sciences Auditorium, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/ROSES2006

    - “NASA Applied Information Systems Research Program PI Meeting”, 2005/04, NASA Ames Research Center, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/AISRP2005

    - “ROSES Code S & TWorkshop 2005”, 2005/02, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Sciences Auditorium, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/ROSES2005

    - “NASA Applied Information Systems Research Program PI Meeting”, 2003/10, University of Pittsburgh, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/AISRP2003

    - “NASA Applied Information Systems Research Program PI Meeting”, 2002/10, NASA Ames Research Center, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/AISRP2002

    - “Space Science Data Understanding Workshop”, 2002/10, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Sciences Auditorium, http://astrophysics.arc.nasa.gov/ST2002

    Other Professional Information


    Special Experience

    2003 Visiting Scientist, Theoretical Astrophysics Center, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen Denmark

    Spent 6 month sabbatical working with Andre Doroshkevich on using Minimal Spanning Trees on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and with Pavel Naselsky on WMAP Cosmic Microwave Background data.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Scargle, J., M. Way, and P. Gazis. 2017. "Structure in the 3D Galaxy Distribution. III. Fourier Transforming the Universe: Phase and Power Spectra." The Astrophysical Journal, 839: 40 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa692d]

    Way, M. J., I. Aleinov, D. S. Amundsen, et al. M. A. Chandler, T. L. Clune, A. Del Genio, Y. Fujii, M. Kelley, N. Y. Kiang, L. Sohl, and K. Tsigaridis. 2017. "Resolving Orbital and Climate Keys of Earth and Extraterrestrial Environments with Dynamics (ROCKE-3D) 1.0: A General Circulation Model for Simulating the Climates of Rocky Planets." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 231 (1): 12 [10.3847/1538-4365/aa7a06]

    Way, M., and J. Wang. 2017. "Venus Topography and Boundary Conditions in 3D General Circulation Modeling." ArXiv e-prints, (Submitted)

    Bergvall, N., T. Marquart, M. J. Way, et al. A. Blomqvist, E. Holst, G. Östlin, and E. Zackrisson. 2016. "Local starburst galaxies and their descendants." A&A, 587: A72 [10.1051/0004-6361/201525692]

    Andrews, D. J., S. Barabash, N. J. Edberg, et al. D. A. Gurnett, B. E. Hall, M. Holmström, M. Lester, D. D. Morgan, H. J. Opgenoorth, R. Ramstad, B. Sanchez-Cano, M. Way, and O. Witasse. 2016. "Plasma observations during the Mars atmospheric “plume” event of March-April 2012." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (4): 3139-3154 [10.1002/2015ja022023]

    Georgakarakos, N., I. Dobbs-Dixon, and M. J. Way. 2016. "Long term evolution of planetary systems with a terrestrial planet and a giant planet." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 461 (2): 1512-1528 [10.1093/mnras/stw1378]

    Way, M. J., A. D. Del Genio, N. Y. Kiang, et al. L. E. Sohl, D. H. Grinspoon, I. Aleinov, M. Kelley, and T. Clune. 2016. "Was Venus the first habitable world of our solar system?" Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (16): 8376-8383 [10.1002/2016gl069790]

    Way, M. J., P. R. Gazis, and J. D. Scargle. 2015. "Structure in the 3D galaxy distribution. II. Voids and watersheds of local maxima and minima." Astrophys. J., 799: 95 [doi:10.1088/0004-637X/799/1/95]

    Way, M., A. Del Genio, M. Kelley, I. Aleinov, and T. Clune. 2015. "Exploring the Inner Edge of the Habitable Zone with Fully Coupled Oceans." ArXiv e-prints,

    Way, M., A. Belenkiy, H. Nussbaumer, and J. Peacock. 2014. "Historical notes on the expanding universe." Phys. Today, 67 (7): 8 [doi:10.1063/PT.3.2431]

    Way, M. J. 2013. "Dismantling Hubble's legacy?" Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932, CS-471: 97-134, ISBN: 9781583818268.

    Way, M. J. 2012. "Commentary: Learning About the Sky Through Simulations." Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V (Lect Notes Stats 209), 361-366 [10.1007/978-1-4614-3520-4_34]

    Way, M. J., and C. D. Klose. 2012. "Can Self-Organizing Maps Accurately Predict Photometric Redshifts?" Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 124 (913): 274-279 [10.1086/664796]

    Way, M. J. 2011. "Galaxy Zoo morphology and photometric redshifts in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey." Astrophys J Lett, 734 (1): L9 [10.1088/2041-8205/734/1/L9]

    Way, M. J., P. R. Gazis, and J. D. Scargle. 2011. "Structure In the Three-Dimensional Galaxy Distribution. I. Methods and Example Results." Astrophys J, 727 (1): 48 [10.1088/0004-637X/727/1/48]

    Gazis, P. R., C. Levit, and M. J. Way. 2010. "Viewpoints: A High-Performance High-Dimensional Exploratory Data Analysis Tool." Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 122 (898): 1518-1525 [10.1086/657902]

    Way, M. J., L. V. Foster, P. R. Gazis, and A. N. Srivastava. 2009. "New Approaches to Photometric Redshift Prediction Via Gaussian Process Regression in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey." Astrophys J, 706 (1): 623-636 [10.1088/0004-637X/706/1/623]

    Quintana, H., D. Proust, G. Hertling, et al. A. Ramirez, I. Toledo, and M. J. Way. 2009. "High relative velocity central dumbbells in poor clusters." Astronomische Nachrichten, 330 (9-10): 924-927 [10.1002/asna.200911264]

    Foster, L., A. Waagen, N. Aijaz, et al. M. Hurley, A. Luis, J. Rinsky, C. Satyavolu, M. J. Way, P. Gazis, and A. Srivastava. 2009. "Stable and efficient Gaussian process calculations." J Mach Learn Res, 10: 857-882.

    Way, M. J., and A. N. Srivastava. 2006. "Novel Methods for Predicting Photometric Redshifts from Broadband Photometry Using Virtual Sensors." The Astrophysical Journal, 647 (1): 102-115 [10.1086/505293]

    Way, M. J., H. Quintana, L. Infante, D. G. Lambas, and H. Muriel. 2005. "Redshifts in the Southern Abell Redshift Survey Clusters. I. The Data." The Astrophysical Journal, 130 (5): 2012-2018 [10.1086/462418]

    Doroshkevich, A., D. L. Tucker, S. Allam, and M. J. Way. 2004. "Large scale structure in the SDSS galaxy survey." Astronomy and Astrophysics, 418 (1): 7-23 [10.1051/0004-6361:20031780]

    Chiang, L.-Y., P. D. Naselsky, O. V. Verkhodanov, and M. J. Way. 2003. "Non-Gaussianity of the Derived Maps from the First-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Data." ApJL, 590 (2): L65-L68 [10.1086/376822]

    Muriel, H., H. Quintana, L. Infante, D. G. Lambas, and M. J. Way. 2002. "Velocity Dispersions and Cluster Properties in the Southern Abell Redshift Survey Clusters. II.." The Astronomical Journal, 124 (4): 1934-1942 [10.1086/342854]

    Flores, R. A., H. Quintana, and M. J. Way. 2000. "Deconstructing Abell 3266: A Major Merger in a Quiet Cluster." ApJ, 532 (1): 206-213 [10.1086/308539]

    Non-Refereed

    Way, M. J., and D. Hunter. 2013. "Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932." ASP Conf Series 471: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ISBN: 9781583818268.

    Way, M. J., J. D. Scargle, K. Ali, and A. N. Srivastava. 2012. "Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining for Astronomy." Chapman and Hall/CRC, ISBN: 978-1439841730 .

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Dismantling Hubble's Legacy? 1 / 2014
    American Astronomical Society Historical Astronomy Division Invited Speaker:
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AAS...223.9004W
    Big Mirrors, Bayesian Evangelists and the Public 12 / 2013
    Uppsala University Astronomy Department Colloquium:
    http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mway/BBP-201312.pdf
    “Multi-Scale Structure in 3-D Surveys and Simulations of the Universe” (Conference: An Odyssey in the Galaxy Archipelago, Stockholm Sweden) 6 / 2012
    http://www.astro.uu.se/~bettan/odyssey/home.html

    Other

    The New Astrobiology Group at GISS 4 / 2014
    GISS lunch seminar
    http://www.giss.nasa.gov/meetings/lunch/2014a/20140312-Michael-Way.pdf
    http://www.giss.nasa.gov/meetings/lunch/

    Brief Bio

    Educated with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998. Worked as a part-time computer consultant during Ph.D. studies. After Ph.D. worked at Princeton University for 3 years before joining NASA/Ames Research Center. In 2012 joined the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Scargle, J., M. Way, and P. Gazis. 2017. "Structure in the 3D Galaxy Distribution. III. Fourier Transforming the Universe: Phase and Power Spectra." The Astrophysical Journal 839 40 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa692d]

    Way, M. J., I. Aleinov, D. S. Amundsen, et al. M. A. Chandler, T. L. Clune, A. Del Genio, Y. Fujii, M. Kelley, N. Y. Kiang, L. Sohl, and K. Tsigaridis. 2017. "Resolving Orbital and Climate Keys of Earth and Extraterrestrial Environments with Dynamics (ROCKE-3D) 1.0: A General Circulation Model for Simulating the Climates of Rocky Planets." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 231 (1): 12 [10.3847/1538-4365/aa7a06]

    Way, M., and J. Wang. 2017. "Venus Topography and Boundary Conditions in 3D General Circulation Modeling." ArXiv e-prints (Submitted)

    Bergvall, N., T. Marquart, M. J. Way, et al. A. Blomqvist, E. Holst, G. Östlin, and E. Zackrisson. 2016. "Local starburst galaxies and their descendants." A&A 587 A72 [10.1051/0004-6361/201525692]

    Andrews, D. J., S. Barabash, N. J. Edberg, et al. D. A. Gurnett, B. E. Hall, M. Holmström, M. Lester, D. D. Morgan, H. J. Opgenoorth, R. Ramstad, B. Sanchez-Cano, M. Way, and O. Witasse. 2016. "Plasma observations during the Mars atmospheric “plume” event of March-April 2012." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 121 (4): 3139-3154 [10.1002/2015ja022023]

    Georgakarakos, N., I. Dobbs-Dixon, and M. J. Way. 2016. "Long term evolution of planetary systems with a terrestrial planet and a giant planet." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 461 (2): 1512-1528 [10.1093/mnras/stw1378]

    Way, M. J., A. D. Del Genio, N. Y. Kiang, et al. L. E. Sohl, D. H. Grinspoon, I. Aleinov, M. Kelley, and T. Clune. 2016. "Was Venus the first habitable world of our solar system?" Geophysical Research Letters 43 (16): 8376-8383 [10.1002/2016gl069790]

    Way, M. J., P. R. Gazis, and J. D. Scargle. 2015. "Structure in the 3D galaxy distribution. II. Voids and watersheds of local maxima and minima." Astrophys. J. 799 95 [doi:10.1088/0004-637X/799/1/95]

    Way, M., A. Del Genio, M. Kelley, I. Aleinov, and T. Clune. 2015. "Exploring the Inner Edge of the Habitable Zone with Fully Coupled Oceans." ArXiv e-prints

    Way, M., A. Belenkiy, H. Nussbaumer, and J. Peacock. 2014. "Historical notes on the expanding universe." Phys. Today 67 (7): 8 [doi:10.1063/PT.3.2431]

    Way, M. J. 2013. "Dismantling Hubble's legacy?" Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932 CS-471 97-134

    Way, M. J. 2012. "Commentary: Learning About the Sky Through Simulations." Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V (Lect Notes Stats 209) 361-366 [10.1007/978-1-4614-3520-4_34]

    Way, M. J., and C. D. Klose. 2012. "Can Self-Organizing Maps Accurately Predict Photometric Redshifts?" Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 124 (913): 274-279 [10.1086/664796]

    Way, M. J. 2011. "Galaxy Zoo morphology and photometric redshifts in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey." Astrophys J Lett 734 (1): L9 [10.1088/2041-8205/734/1/L9]

    Way, M. J., P. R. Gazis, and J. D. Scargle. 2011. "Structure In the Three-Dimensional Galaxy Distribution. I. Methods and Example Results." Astrophys J 727 (1): 48 [10.1088/0004-637X/727/1/48]

    Gazis, P. R., C. Levit, and M. J. Way. 2010. "Viewpoints: A High-Performance High-Dimensional Exploratory Data Analysis Tool." Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 122 (898): 1518-1525 [10.1086/657902]

    Way, M. J., L. V. Foster, P. R. Gazis, and A. N. Srivastava. 2009. "New Approaches to Photometric Redshift Prediction Via Gaussian Process Regression in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey." Astrophys J 706 (1): 623-636 [10.1088/0004-637X/706/1/623]

    Quintana, H., D. Proust, G. Hertling, et al. A. Ramirez, I. Toledo, and M. J. Way. 2009. "High relative velocity central dumbbells in poor clusters." Astronomische Nachrichten 330 (9-10): 924-927 [10.1002/asna.200911264]

    Foster, L., A. Waagen, N. Aijaz, et al. M. Hurley, A. Luis, J. Rinsky, C. Satyavolu, M. J. Way, P. Gazis, and A. Srivastava. 2009. "Stable and efficient Gaussian process calculations." J Mach Learn Res 10 857-882.

    Way, M. J., and A. N. Srivastava. 2006. "Novel Methods for Predicting Photometric Redshifts from Broadband Photometry Using Virtual Sensors." The Astrophysical Journal 647 (1): 102-115 [10.1086/505293]

    Way, M. J., H. Quintana, L. Infante, D. G. Lambas, and H. Muriel. 2005. "Redshifts in the Southern Abell Redshift Survey Clusters. I. The Data." The Astrophysical Journal 130 (5): 2012-2018 [10.1086/462418]

    Doroshkevich, A., D. L. Tucker, S. Allam, and M. J. Way. 2004. "Large scale structure in the SDSS galaxy survey." Astronomy and Astrophysics 418 (1): 7-23 [10.1051/0004-6361:20031780]

    Chiang, L.-Y., P. D. Naselsky, O. V. Verkhodanov, and M. J. Way. 2003. "Non-Gaussianity of the Derived Maps from the First-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Data." ApJL 590 (2): L65-L68 [10.1086/376822]

    Muriel, H., H. Quintana, L. Infante, D. G. Lambas, and M. J. Way. 2002. "Velocity Dispersions and Cluster Properties in the Southern Abell Redshift Survey Clusters. II.." The Astronomical Journal 124 (4): 1934-1942 [10.1086/342854]

    Flores, R. A., H. Quintana, and M. J. Way. 2000. "Deconstructing Abell 3266: A Major Merger in a Quiet Cluster." ApJ 532 (1): 206-213 [10.1086/308539]

    Non-Refereed

    Way, M. J., and D. Hunter. 2013. "Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932." ASP Conf Series 471

    Way, M. J., J. D. Scargle, K. Ali, and A. N. Srivastava. 2012. "Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining for Astronomy."

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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