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Martin Mlynczak (NASA)

Title: Senior Research Scientist
Mission/Project/Group: SABER, FORUM, NICEcube
Technical Focus Area: Climate Science, Atmospheric Composition, Flight Projects, Airborne Science, Space Physics and Aeronomy
Study Topics: Whole atmosphere climate change; solar variability of the upper atmosphere; space weather forecasting; water vapor and related climate feedbacks associated with the far-infrared


Professional Experience:

  • NASA Langley Research Center (1986 – present)
  • Senior Research Scientist College of William and Mary (1995-2000)
  • Adjunct Professor of Applied Science Christopher Newport University (2016 – present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics/Capstone Mentor


Virtual Presentations:

Notable Awards:

  • Rhodes Scholarship Candidate, 1980
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Michigan, 1988
  • Affiliate Scientist, NCAR High Altitude Observatory, 2000-present
  • Alumni Society Merit Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004
  • World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier-Mumm Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Dept. of Physics, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2007
  • Marcus O’Day Memorial Award, for best paper, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2009
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal, 2012 (This is the highest honor NASA bestows)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 2009
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2003
  • Eight (8) NASA Group Achievement Awards
  • NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Award, Best Center-wide Research Publication, 2015 and 1995
  • NASA Langley J.D. Lawrence Award, Best Science Directorate Publication, 2010; 2015
  • NASA Langley Floyd Thompson Fellowship, 1998-1999 (Sabbatical at NCAR HAO)
  • Two (2) NASA Langley Team Awards (FORGE and INFLAME Projects, 2010)
  • NASA Langley Center Director’s Award, 2012
  • Eight (8) NASA Langley Certificates of Outstanding Performance
  • Fourteen (14) NASA Langley Superior Accomplishment Awards

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Sigma Xi
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, U. Michigan, 1989
  • M. S., Meteorology, U. Wisconsin, 1984
  • B. S., Physics, summa cum laude, 1981

National/International Positions:


Hiking; Home brewing; raising cacti and succulents; weather watching

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