Michael H (Mike) Freilich, PhD

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Mike Freilich, an AMS Member and a Fellow of the AMS, is the Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He also serves as the Vice Chair for Integrated Observations on the USGCRP Subcommittee on Global Change Research. Prior to coming to NASA, he was a Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He has BS degrees in physics (honors) and chemistry (1975) from Haverford College and a PhD degree in oceanography (1982) from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is part of the University of California at San Diego. From 1983 to 1991 he was a Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Freilich's research focuses on the determination, validation, and geophysical analysis of ocean surface wind velocity measured by satellite-borne microwave radar and radiometer instruments. He has developed scatterometer and altimeter wind model functions, as well as innovative validation techniques for accurately quantifying the accuracy of spaceborne environmental measurements. Dr. Freilich served as the NSCAT Project Scientist from 1983–1991 and as the Mission Principal Investigator for NSCAT from 1992–1997. Until he relinquished his project posts to join NASA Headquarters, he was the Mission Principal Investigator for QuikSCAT (launched in June, 1999) and SeaWinds/ADEOS-2 (launched in December, 2002). He was the team leader of the NASA Ocean Vector Winds Science Team and is a member of the QuikSCAT, SeaWinds, and Terra/AMSR Validation Teams, as well as the NASDA (Japanese Space Agency) ADEOS-2 Science Team. Dr. Freilich has served on many NASA, National Research Council, and research community advisory and steering groups, including the WOCE Science Steering Committee, the NASA EOS Science Executive Committee, the NRC Ocean Studies Board, and several NASA data system review committees. He chaired the NRC Committee on Earth Studies, and served on the NRC Space Studies Board and the Committee on NASA/NOAA Transition from Research to Operations. His honors include the JPL Director's Research Achievement Award (1988), the NASA Public Service Medal (1999), and the American Meteorological Society's Verner E. Suomi Award (2004), as well as several NASA Group Achievement awards. Dr. Freilich's non-scientific passions include nature photography and soccer refereeing at the youth, high school, and adult levels.

2014 AMS Washington Forum
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2013 AMS Washington Forum
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2012 AMS Washington Forum
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2011 AMS Washington Forum
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