HAMPTON, Va. -- A NASA Langley Research Center employee will be recognized as a distinguished alumnus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' 16th Annual Founders Dinner on Sept. 25.
Martin Mlynczak, a climate scientist in the NASA Langley Science Directorate, will be one of five alumni honored this year. Mlynczak received his bachelor of science degree in physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1981. He earned his master's degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and a doctorate in atmospheric sciences from the University of Michigan in 1989. Since receiving his doctorate, Mlynczak has been employed as a senior research scientist at NASA Langley.
Since 1994, Mlynczak has been the associate principal investigator studying the infrared emission from the Earth's upper atmosphere for NASA Langley's Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry instrument on the TIMED satellite. He is the principal investigator for the Far-Infrared Spectroscopy of the Troposphere (FIRST) prototype infrared sensor developed by NASA Langley and Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory. FIRST's measurements of the cooling and heating of the atmosphere will help researchers learn more about how the Earth gains and loses energy.
Recognized internationally for his climate studies of the energy balance between the sun and the Earth's atmosphere, Mlynczak has published over 70 papers in scientific journals. He received the World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award in 2005, the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award in 2004, and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 2003. The University of Michigan recognized him as a distinguished alumnus in 2004.
Mlynczak's work on applying technologies for Earth science missions may eventually be used on robotic missions to Mars.
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