I am an astronomer with an interest in applying advanced computer and
information techniques to scientific problems.
Some papers of interest include:
My technical papers, as well as those by STScI colleagues
I've got a lead role in applying ITIL processes to improve operations and development in support of STScI's mission.
My astronomical research includes stellar birthrate and
initial mass function
peculiar red giants and
The Miller-Scalo IMF paper is
frequently cited, with over 1,000 citations in refereed publications.
The STScI has pioneered the use of several innovative
observing techniques which have contributed to the high
scientific quality, high observing efficiency and user
satisfaction of HST. Projects that I've played a key role in
- Spike planning
and scheduling system. This is a general framework
for planning and scheduling which is used by more
astronomical observatories than any other system.
Spike is used by HST, FUSE, ESO VLT, Subaru, Chandra, and others.
- The Project to Re-Engineer Space Telescope Observing.
This process improvement project has been recognized by
NASA and the astronomical community for increasing the
efficiency of HST observing while simultaneously increasing
the participation and satisfaction of astronomers
- I lead of the Vision
2000 Planning and Scheduling Product Development Team.
Vision 2000 is a NASA/contractor initiative to streamline
and modernize HST operations by the year 2000.
- Fielding the
Scientist's Expert Assistant
technology in HST observing tools.
- Re-engineering the Transformation observing system.
- The graphical
Remote Proposal Submission System (RPS2)
Proposal Forms and Proposal Processing System
- Proposal submission and selection process
I have worked both as a developer and a manager of developers,
including STScI's Advance Software Planning Branch.
I've used many languages, but I'm most accomplished in
In addition to the technical aspects of software development, I'm
interested in process an project management in order to
better software, on schedule and within budget. In the TransVerse project,
I had the chance to apply quantitative project management to a
large re-engineering project.
I was a member of the Program Organizing Committee for the
ADASS (Astronomical Data Analysis and Software Systems)
Conferences from ADASS VII through ADASS XVII.
Data Reduction Expert Assistant
I was PI on the NASA-sponsored
Draco project which developed an expert assistant for
scientific data reduction.
I'm a member of the American Astronomical Society and I have served
on review committees for NASA and NSF, including the EVLA (Extended Very Large Array)
Advisory Committee for NRAO. I have also given popular talks on astronomy
and the Hubble Space Telescope at schools and universities.