Mr. ROBERT J LOSSING

Mr. ROBERT J LOSSING

  • Software Engineer
  • 301.286.4553 | 301.286.0268
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616.2
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: Science Application International Corp.
  • Brief Bio

     "Lets do great things!"               

                   I am currently supporting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Ocean Biology Processing Group as a satellite remote sensing biological oceanographer and scientific software engineer. My primarily duties involve the development, testing, and analysis of satellite and airborne multi/hyperspectral ocean color imaging radiometry algorithms. Additional responsibilities cover remote sensing data collection, instrument calibration, image processing, data archiving and distribution of ocean color, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, and ocean optical data products from NASA missions to the global research community. I am especially interested in bio-optically investigating marine phytoplankton photopigment molecular diversity, evolutionary photophysics, and global biogeochemical cycling.

                     I have extensive experience in remote sensing and geospatial analysis of global land change, geomorphology, geotechnical engineer, geophysics, fossil fuel science and exploration, hydrology, environmental monitoring, bioremediation, soil sciences, desertification, agriculture, forestry, and human societal anthropogenic process observation and impact assessment. I have unique hands-on technical engineering abilities acquired while developing novel hardware and control software for NASA funded spaceflight instruments, sensors, and samplers in astrobiological biogeochemistry, cellular/molecular gravitational biology, and stratospheric balloon satellites. Additionally, I am a capable molecular biology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics and microbiology laboratory analyst and technician. Lastly, I am a committed volunteer in inspiriting passion for STEM science education in the community via frequent public outreach events and social media blogging.

    Education

    Satellite Remote Sensing in Biological Oceanography Ithaca, New York, Summer 2014
    • Taught by Cornell University professor Dr. Bruce Monger

    Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado, May 2011
    M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering
    • Emphasis in Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology, and Bioengineering.

    University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, May 2009
    B.A. Ecological and Evolutionary Biology
    • UCB College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Participant 2008.
    • Emphasis in Environmental Microbiology and Molecular Biology.


    University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, Summer 2007
    • Summer Physics Program

    Positions/Employment

    6/2013 - Present

    Satellite Remote Sensing Oceanographer and Scientific Software Engineer

    Science Applications International Corporation LLC Ocean Ecology Laboratory Ocean Biology Processing Group NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

    WEB: https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/

    Supporting the Ocean Color Web at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) . Our responsibilities include the collection, processing, calibration, validation, archive and distribution of ocean-related products from a large number of operational, satellite-based remote-sensing missions providing ocean color, sea surface temperature and sea surface salinity data to the international research community since 1996.


    • Supporting past, current, international and future NASA ocean color scanning radiospectrometer sensors (CZCS, SeaWiFS, OCTS, MODIS Aqua/Terra, MERIS, VIIRS, and PACE(to be launched ~2022).
    • Developing new and improved algorithms for producing Level 2 and 3 ocean color data products from satellite remote sensing radiometry (visible to short-wave infrared).
    • Software testing quality assurance and implementing algorithms into distributable processing software.
    • Evaluating and validating the performance of the algorithms.
    • Developing methodologies to assess and correct for instrumental artifacts in derived ocean color products; and documenting work through publications and presentations at meetings and conferences.
    • Supporting the ocean color websites and ocean optical data browsers maintenance, development, and new feature implementations.
    • Provide satellite remote sensing data support and analysis to the Ocean Ecology Laboratory Team at NASA Goddard uniting in-situ biological oceanographic samples optical measurements with vicarious satellite remote sensing match-ups.
    • SAIC CEO Dream Team award (March 2016)
    Performance Management Excellence awarded as part of the NASA Ocean Color IV Team.
    • Net primary productivity, phytoplankton functional types, photopigment diversity and photophysics, Harmful Algal blooms (HABs), Global modeling and satellite assimilation, long-term trend analysis in the chlorophyll record
    • Supporting the Inter-agency (NASA,NOAA,USGS,EPA) Cyanobacterial Assessement Project “CyAN”
    • Represented the OBPG at a Satellite Remote Sensing Biological Oceanography Course at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
     

    11/2011 - 6/2013

    Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analyst

    MDA Information Systems LLC, Shady Grove, Maryland

    WEB: http://www.mdafederal.com/home


    MDA Information Systems (formally Earth Satellite Corporation founded in 1969) pioneers the commercial use of Earth observation satellites for petroleum, minerals, groundwater exploration, and land use change. MDA specializes in using automated and manual techniques to produce imagery and geospatial datasets which cover the globe.

    • Classified >50 million square miles of land cover and land usage using Landsat imagery and Rapid eye imagery.
    • Programmed geoprocessing Python/IDL scripts, models, and conditional rule based algorithms in ERDAS/ArcGIS/ENVI. Optimized systems for advanced “Big Data” processing using distributed computing on virtual machines.
    • Produced enhanced digital elevation models using synthetic aperture radar topography or via orthorectified photogrammetric methods.
    • Broad photo interpretation capabilities and imagery manipulation such as orthorectification and panchromatic sharpening.
    • Comprehensive multi/hyperspectral analysis of imagery using sophisticated spectral band ratios such as NDMI, NDSI, NDVI, TCAP etc.
    • Integrated manual imagery classification and intelligent geocomputational methods involving spatial geomatics, autocorrelation, and spatial regression (Classification and Regression Analysis Tree)
    • Responsibilities encompassed accuracy assessment/validation, quality and control, ground truthing, and research and development using open source data mining. Geospatial intelligence support for numerous agencies.
    • Vast geospatial experience includes numerical/statistical analyses of global land change, geophysics/tectonics, fossil fuel/mineral exploration, oceanography/hydrology, flood plain mapping, environmental monitoring/conservation, cloud cover reduction, environmental site remediation/hazard response, forest fire analysis and simulation, geotechnical/geologic engineering, reservoir modeling and simulation and soil/agriculture.
    • Familiarity with radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) via Hypack Software, CMOS, CCD photo detectors. Landsat, RapidEye, ASTER, and World-View-2.

    8/2009 - 5/2011

    Researcher

    Colorado School of Mines Research Laboratories, Golden, Colorado

    Laboratory of Algal Bioengineering:
    WEB: http://chemistry.mines.edu/faculty/mposewitz/mposewitz.html
    • Modeled algal biofuel production pond growth and contamination dynamics using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing imagery. Microbial photopigments were cross-identified using high performance liquid chromatography resulting in a 35 page engineering proposal.
    • Related bioinformatic, molecular biology, and photophysics characteristics of chlorophyll pigments to spectral absorption for the purposes of maximizing algal biofuel production leading to a 30 page review.
    • Hyperspectral imagery from the Earth Observer-1 Hyperion sensor and airborne AVIRIS was processed and analyzed using spectral band ratios for detecting photosynthetic pigments.

    Geological and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (GEM):
    WEB: http://inside.mines.edu/~jspear/
    • Conducted “bioprospecting” via collection of environmental samples from Utah’s Great Salt Lake used to identify microbial diversity of halophilic bacteria and algae for potential algal biofuel species.
    • Screened hyperthermophilic archaea and bacteria in Yellowstone Hot Springs, and Oil/Gas drilling cores for potential methane and hydrogen catalyzing enzymes.
    • Research specialties included the degradation of organic environmental pollutants and uranium stabilization via microbial bioremediation, bioenergy via H2 and CH4 production.
    • Surveyed and mapped microbial mats in hydrothermal hot springs, alpine/arctic tundra, and soil formation/desertification via cryptobiotic crusts using hyperspectral remote sensing resulting in a conference abstract, “Utilizing hyperspectral imagery to track microbial biogeochemical processes”.

    Remote Sensing and Planetary Science Group
    WEB: http://inside.mines.edu/~jcahanna/
    • Mapped potential gravity geoid anomalies via geophysical modeling of plate tectonics in MatLab using geodesy data from NASA’s GRACE satellite.
    • Remote sensing analysis and mapping of newly discovered Earth impact craters using digital elevation terrain mapping.
    • Research areas also included the geomatics of disease ecology, environmental conservation, plate tectonics movement, and radioactive isotope mapping (Fukushima Daiichi and Colorado Rocky Flats contamination plumes).
    • Extensive use of NASA satellites and sensors: Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Raidometer (ASTER), Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LUNA), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).
    • Mars tectonics and Jovian Icy Planets remote sensing
     

    8/2007 - 6/2009

    Research Associate

    BioServe: Space Technologies, Boulder, Colorado

    WEB: http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/BioServe/

    BioServe Space Technologies is a center within the Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. For over 25 years, BioServe has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research and hardware on over 40 space flight missions. BioServe has a full suite of space flight certified hardware available for use by its customers and partners. Past partners include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as Universities and NASA funded researchers.

    Microbial In-situ Detection Array (MIDA):
    Report: http://planetary.chem.tufts.edu/Publication-pdfs/ICES%202007-01-3190_v1_0.pdf
    • Designed, constructed, and tested a NASA prototype autonomous wet geochemical microbial detection instrument in collaboration with the NASA Mars Phoenix MECA instrument team at NASA Johnson Space Center and Tufts University.
    • Proposed and engineering the aseptic redesign and optimization of the wet geochemical ion specific electrode sensors (ISEs).
    • Optimized the LabView® based instrument operating software system to autonomously conduct the soil sampling and analysis.
    • Analyzed and identified microbial biosignatures from various planetary soil analogs.

    International Space Station National Laboratory Pathfinder Research Projects:
    WEB: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/NLP-Cells.html
    • Gravitational Bovine Cellular Replication and Differentiation Experiment(NLP-CELLS):
    o Prepared and supported commercial scientific space payloads according to NASA spaceflight safety guidelines for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    o Assisted in the miniaturization redesign of the Group Activated Pack “GAP” which activates 8 Fluid Processing Apparatus’ “FPAs”. The redesign was accepted and passed all NASA space flight safety and contamination guidelines.
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IytbE3yvjQ&feature=share&list=UUbRTUq5LGqbn4ngTTi9AnMQ
    o Fabricated and assembled microgravity cellular replication and differentiation experiments flown aboard the Space Shuttle (STS-126) and International Space Station in order to investigate the effects of spaceflight on the normal differentiation and function of liver and bile duct cells.
    o Supported payload launch (STS-126) at Kennedy Space Center, for last minute experiment preparation and troubleshooting.
    o Conducted western blotting assays to detect the expression of apoptosis regulatory proteins in mouse muscle tissue for spaceflight radiation research.

    • Salmonella enterica Vaccine Research and Development National Lab Pathfinder Project (NLP-Vaccine-2):
    o Prepared and supported commercial scientific space payloads according to NASA spaceflight safety guidelines for Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC.
    o Investigated the potential use of spaceflight (due to increased pathogen virulence) to develop vaccines for the prevention of infections on Earth and in microgravity.
    o Supported payload launch (STS-126) at Kennedy Space Center, for last minute experiment preparation and troubleshooting.

    Educational Life Sciences Hardware for the Space Shuttle (STS-126) and the International Space Station:
    WEB: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/CSI-03.html
    • Fabricated novel microgravity insect habitats and micro-cameras using computer aided design software for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston, TX in accordance to NASA spaceflight safety specifications.
    Video: (Spider) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8T5bfu9S7E
    Video: (Butterflies) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaw4ePnCu6A
     

    8/2005 - 5/2007

    Principle Investigator

    University of Colorado: Ecology and Evolutoinary Biology Honors Program, Boulder, Colorado

    Stratospheric Bacteria Metagenomic Survey:
    Principle Investigator (Aug. 2005-May 2007)
    WEB: http://www.eoss.org/ansrecap/ar_130/recap122_123a.htm

    •  Engineered and fabricated a novel helium balloon-borne autonomous and self-sterilizing stratospheric microbial collection instrument to sample diverse windborne stratospheric microbial communities at 100,000 ft.
    •  Analyzed stratospheric microbial samples using culture independent molecular biological techniques such as real-time PCR, and 454 sequencing.
    • Extensive support provided by Dr. Norman Pace (molecular biological metagenomic analysis), Dr. Mark Hernandez (consultations on microbial bioaerosols), Dr. Steve Scmidt (expert on extremophilic microbial diversity), and Dr. John Basey (evolution and ecology biology honors program advisor).
    8/2005 - 5/2008

    Research Assistant

    University of Colorado: Space Grant College, Boulder, Colorado

    WEB: http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/

    •  3 years developing and designing stratospheric balloon satellites for remote sensing, communication, and atmospheric sampling. Extensive design of aerospace hardware using computer aided design.
    • Created and managed an MS Access database developed for Analytical Graphic Inc.’s Satellite Tool Kit (STK) using CELESTRAK’s SOCRATES which featured ~30,000 unique orbital debris tracked and logged for satellite collision avoidance Website: http://celestrak.com/SOCRATES/
    • Evaluated satellite orbital dynamics regarding other orbiting objects using unclassified NORAD two-line keplerian element sets (TKLEs).
    •  Hosted K-12 educational “Space Days” to foster student’s interests in STEM.
    9/2004 - 5/2005

    Planetarium Show Production, Operation, Presenter, and Sales

    University of Colorado: Fiske Planetarium and Laser Show, Boulder, Colorado

    WEB: http://fiske.colorado.edu/


    • Operated and maintaining the Zeiss mark VI star projector “Fritz”.
    • Developed and operated Star Myths of the Wardaman Peoples depicting Australian aboriginal star myths in the southern hemisphere.
    • Created 360o panoramic imagery for various planetarium and laser shows.
    • Organized numerous educational and free public outreach activities.
     

    Professional Societies

    • American Society for Microbiology 2005-2011 • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2005-2011 • The Planetary Society • The Mars Society • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) 2007-2011 • The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS) • American Geophysical Union • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing • The Oceanography Society • The International IOCCG • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2016 - Present

    Grants

    08/01/2005 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Fellowship Grant, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Stratospheric Bacteria Metagenomic Survey:
    WEB: http://www.eoss.org/ansrecap/ar_130/recap122_123a.htm
    • Engineered and fabricated a novel helium balloon-borne autonomous and self-sterilizing stratospheric microbial collection instrument to sample diverse windborne stratospheric microbial communities at 100,000 ft.
    • Analyzed stratospheric microbial samples using culture independent molecular biological techniques such as real-time PCR, and 454 sequencing.
    • Extensive support provided by Dr. Norman Pace (molecular biological metagenomic analysis), Dr. Mark Hernandez (consultations on microbial bioaerosols), Dr. Steve Scmidt (expert on extremophilic microbial diversity), and Dr. John Basey (evolution and ecology biology honors program advisor).
     

    ; Principle Investigator
    Grant Amount: $3,000

    Special Experience

    NASA Goddard Planetary Terraforming Society Greenbelt, MD
    Founder Executive (Spring 2017)
    • Founder of the NASA Goddard Planetary Terraforming Society. Applying the Earth science expertise of NASA Goddard to tackling the scientific challenges, societal investment, and evolutionary consequences of planetary geoengineering and terraforming.
    • Promote sustainable planetary geoengineering studies, critical technology incubators, general community engagement, and biodiversity cataloging, preservation, and expansion.

    Annapolis J-30 Sailboat Racing Team “POGO” Annapolis, MD
    Jib and Mainsail Trimmer (Summer 2013-Present)
    • Crewed “POGO” in the Annapolis Wednesday Night Races, Annapolis Friday Night “Beer Can” Cups, and various other less important national sailboat racing regattas.

    National Academy of Sciences Planetary Decadal Survey 2013-2023 Washington D.C.
    Graduate Student Summer Scribe and Rapport (Summer 2010)
    • Recorded and compiled program notes for the 2013-2023 Nation Academy of Sciences Planetary Science Mission Selection Report at the Steering Group Meeting. Published in:

    Committee on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, National Research Council. "Front Matter." Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.


    Colorado School of Mines Space Society Golden, CO
    Vice-President (2010-2011), Founding Executive (2009-2010)
    • Founding executive of the first Students for the Exploration of Space (SEDS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) organizations at Colorado School of Mines.
    • Numerous co-sponsored events with the Denver Museum of Science and Technology, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, CSM Lunar Robotics Team, CUSEDS, etc.

    Unviersity of Colorado: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CUSEDS) Boulder, CO
    President (2008-2009), Executive (2007-2008), Advisor (2009-2011)
    Website: http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/CUSEDS/
    • National chapter of the year award 2008-2009
    • Initiated a yearly guest panel at UCB which debates current space policy issues.
    • Organized educational and outreach K-12 activities involving astronauts, aerospace engineers, planetariums, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Center, X-Prize Cup, and national/international aerospace conferences.
    • Volunteered in the “We Want our Future” project. A grassroots space-based outreach initiative run by students, for students. WEB: http://wewantourfuture.org/
    • Arranged for proactive students to participate in “March Storm” which presents critical space policy issues to legislators on Capitol Hill. WEB: http://www.prospace.org/

    Free Rural Eye Clinic of the Philippines Luzon, Philippines
    Volunteer Surgical Assistant
    • Assisted in over 30 cataract removal surgeries.
    • Responsible for instrument sterilization and operating room preparation.
    • Aided in patient follow up care and supervision.

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland
    Student Volunteer (Summers 2000-2002)
    • Educated K-12 students about Chesapeake Bay ecology, restoration, and protection during trips to MD’s Tangier and Smith Islands.

    BotBall Educational Robotics Competition Maryland
    Volunteer Mentor (Various competitions around 2000’s)
    • Engaged middle and high school students in STEM by designing, building, and programming unique aerial, hydro, and terrestrial autonomous robotic vehicles to complete challenging competitions using LEGO or Arduino microcontrollers. Taught students prototyping concepts using 3D printers, laser cutters, and 3D modeling software.
     

    Brief Bio

     "Lets do great things!"               

                   I am currently supporting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Ocean Biology Processing Group as a satellite remote sensing biological oceanographer and scientific software engineer. My primarily duties involve the development, testing, and analysis of satellite and airborne multi/hyperspectral ocean color imaging radiometry algorithms. Additional responsibilities cover remote sensing data collection, instrument calibration, image processing, data archiving and distribution of ocean color, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, and ocean optical data products from NASA missions to the global research community. I am especially interested in bio-optically investigating marine phytoplankton photopigment molecular diversity, evolutionary photophysics, and global biogeochemical cycling.

                     I have extensive experience in remote sensing and geospatial analysis of global land change, geomorphology, geotechnical engineer, geophysics, fossil fuel science and exploration, hydrology, environmental monitoring, bioremediation, soil sciences, desertification, agriculture, forestry, and human societal anthropogenic process observation and impact assessment. I have unique hands-on technical engineering abilities acquired while developing novel hardware and control software for NASA funded spaceflight instruments, sensors, and samplers in astrobiological biogeochemistry, cellular/molecular gravitational biology, and stratospheric balloon satellites. Additionally, I am a capable molecular biology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics and microbiology laboratory analyst and technician. Lastly, I am a committed volunteer in inspiriting passion for STEM science education in the community via frequent public outreach events and social media blogging.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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