Space Weather Panel


Edgar Johansson
Manager of Strategic Initiatives, LASP

Edgar Johansson is dual tasked as the Manager for Strategic Initiatives at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and in the same capacity at the newly developed Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center (SWx-TREC)bothat the University of Colorado Boulder. In this capacity of Edgar is responsible for communications and the development of new business pipeline. In Edgar’s earlier time with LASP (2004-2008) his responsibilities included Risk Manager on the TIM instrument for the NASA mission Glory as well as Risk Manager for TSIS on NPOESS. Through Edgar’s extensive network of federal, state and commercial contacts he was able to re-secure $4.5 million in the NASA budget for Glory TIM in 2005 and play a key role in the $34 million re-manifestation of the TSIS suite on the NPOESS C1 satellite which was announced in May 2008. The TSIS Suite now lives on the ISS.


Valentin Pillet
Director, National Solar Observatory,

Valentin Pillet has served as the Director at the National Solar Observatory since 2013.  He served as Principal Investigator for Co-PI: SO/PHI (Solar Orbiter Polarimetric and Heloseismic Imager) for the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission, PI: Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment (IMaX), funded by the Spanish space program. Co-I  SUNRISE balloon project, led by the Max-Planck Institute, Lindau, Germany, and as a Developer for Liquid-Crystal Based Optical Retarders, funded by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI, Spain).  He has served as a member for more than a dozen National & International Advisory Bodies, and has authored hundreds of published and presented works.

Dr. Michael Gazarik
Vice President, Engineering Ball Aerospace

Mike Gazarik is the vice president of Engineering at Ball Aerospace, where he is responsible for overall strategic and operational leadership of the organization, which includes all disciplines of engineering as well as manufacturing, test, supply chain management, facilities, IRAD and intellectual property. Prior to this position, he served as Technical Director where he worked to align Ball’s technology development with business development and growth strategies

Tomas Berger
Director, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

Dr. Thomas Berger is the founding director of the Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center (SWx-TREC) at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder. Prior to forming the SWx-TREC with Profs. Jeff Thayer and Dan Baker, Dr. Berger was a Federal SES employee directing NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. In this role, he interacted with researchers, operational forecasters, and government policy makers to guide national-level decisions on space weather research, operations, and mitigation strategies. In 2014—2015, he led a working group of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) task force. Dr. Berger’s research interests are in the design of instrumentation for the observation and analysis of solar magnetic structure, particularly eruptive flux ropes and their associated prominence formations. He is a Co-Investigator on the Japanese/US/UK Hinodemission which has produced the highest resolution observations of the solar atmosphere and magnetic field from space since 2006. Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University following a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Scott McIntosh
Director, NCAR High Altitude Observatory

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