An aptitude for Earth science and environmental matters
I am a subject matter expert in remote sensing with knowledge of instrument technologies; processing of remote sensing data; GIS; mapping sciences, hydrological and atmospheric processes, watershed to regional scales modeling; integration of instruments into aircraft and their operations.
As a Principal Investigator and team lead for a technical development program, I wrote design specifications, and oversaw the fabrication and systems integration of sensors into aircraft. I was also an investigator during 15 NASA field experiments and campaigns.
Experience in business operations
Through leading an Earth and space sciences institute, I gained valuable experience in long- and short-range strategic business planning, including developing linkages and alignments with university, national and international programs.
I conducted daily business operations and served as interface to corporate functional leads in Finance, Contracts, and Human Resources. I ensured compliance with non-profit corporate policies and procedures, safety and ethics, compliance on contractual Organizational Conflict of Interest Avoidance and IT Security.
I was responsible for fiscal oversight and development of required business agreements, contracts, MOUs, MOAs, and Space Act Agreements. I oversaw staffing requirements, professional training and performance reviews.
I am a highly organized individual who handles multi-tasking with relative ease. I have refined these skills by leading collaborative research teams of subject matter experts to develop proposals with multi-million dollar research budgets.
I possess specialized skill in project management with the ability to lead, effectively manage projects, and meet project goals on time and within budget.
For a dozen years, I was active in search and rescue (SAR), an Emergency Medical Technician, trainer of very successful search dogs Chief of nationally-respected SAR team, proficient in incident command management, search strategies and operational tactics.
In my spare time, I still enjoy hiking and camping with my retired service dogs, and on the move outdoors by many assorted means of travel.
Diverse Technical Writing Experience
I have superb professional writing and oral communications skills with experience writing journal and news articles, research proposals, technical presentations, strategic plans, business agreements, web site content, etc.
I’ve published over 120 journal papers, book chapters, scientific abstracts, and technical presentations at domestic and international scientific conferences and symposia.
I’ve written proposals valued at up to $40 M submitted to government agencies (NASA, EPA, USDA, USGS, USDOT) and the National Science Foundation for research and business contracts.
I have experience writing technical manuals and web page content for industry and government research deliverables, as well as articles and marketing materials for U.S. Department of Transportation.
Awards and Honors
- Two Group Achievement Honor Awards from NASA
- Three Group Achievement Awards from NASA
- Certificate of Appreciation from NASA “in recognition of your dedication and commitment to excellence and your achievements in support of the Space Shuttle Program”
- Two Certificates of Appreciation from Universities Space Research Association for exceptional performance, dedication and commitment
- Certificate of Appreciation from Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, White House Office of Science & Technology
- Tech Brief Award from NASA for developing microwave radiometer technology
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