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SGG—Atmospheric Science Branch

Rick Kolyer

MS: 245-5

Education: Graduate Naval Electronics Technician, 1984

Professional Experience: NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
2005 Lead Technician, UAV camera payload
1998-2004 Lead Technician, Sunphotometer instruments
1990-present Lead Technician, PANAK instrument
1987-1992 Lead Technician, Ozone Photometer instrument
  U.S. Navy
1984-1986 In-flight Electronics/Avionics Technician, P-3C aircraft

Contributions:Fifteen years as lead technician in support of cutting edge scientific instrumentation used in studies of the composition and chemistry of the atmosphere. Developed, built, integrated, operated, and troubleshot the electronics of instruments used during the following campaigns:

  • Ames Ozone Ultraviolet Photometer instrument on board NASA ER-2 during first Antarctic Ozone expedition (1987).

  • Computer based real-time ozone data downlink system for Ames ER-2 telemetry experiments (1988).

  • Ames Particle Sampler cockpit switch recording circuitry for use on board NASA ER-2 (1988).

  • Ames Fast Chemiluminescent Ozone instrument during the San Juaquin Pollution Study (1990).

  • Computer controlled data acquisition and control system for Ames PANAK instrument (1992; upgraded system in 1995,1998, 2000, 2004, 2005)

  • PANAK instrument on board NASA DC-8 for PEM West A, PEM West B, TRACE A, SONEX, PEM Tropics A, PEM Tropics B expeditions, INTEX A, INTEX B (1992-2006).

  • Ames 6 channel Sun Photometer (1999).

  • AATS-14 Sunphotometer on board UW CV-580 aircraft during SAFARI2000 South African field campaign. (Aug/Sept 2000).
  • AATS-6 Sunphotometer on board NCAR C-130 aircraft during ACE-Asia field campaign (April/May 2001)

  • AATS-14 Sunphotometer on board NASA DC-8 aircraft during SOLVE 2 mission to Arctic (Feb/Mar 2003)

Honors and Awards:  
  • Eight Spotlight cash awards given in recognition of exemplary efforts made to meet instrument development and deployment milestones (1996-2003).
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, SAGE Ozone Loss Validation Experiment DC-8 Science Team, 2005
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment Team, 2004
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, DC-8 Aircraft SONEX team, 1997
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Airborne Southern Hemisphere Ozone Experiment Team, 1995
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Airborne Antarctic Ozone Experiment Team, 1989

Professional Association:  
  Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Mechanical Engineering, State of California

Selected Publications:
Singh, H. B., L. Salas, D. Herlth, R. Kolyer, E. Czech, W. Viezee, Q. Li, D. J. Jacob, D. Blake, G. Sachse, C. N. Harward, H. Fuelberg, C. M. Kiley, Y. Zhao, and Y. Kondo. 2003. In situ measurements of HCN and CH3CN over the Pacific Ocean: Sources, sinks, and budgets, J. Geophys. Res., 108: 1029-2002
Singh, H. B., D. Herlth, R. Kolyer, L. Salas, J. D. Bradshaw, S. T. Sandholm, D. D. Davis, J. Crawford, Y. Kondo, M. Koike, R. Talbot, G. L. Gregory, G. W. Sachse, E. Browell, D. R. Blake, F. S. Rowland, R. Newell, J. Merrill, B. Heikes, S. C. Liu, P. J. Crutzen, and M. Kanakidou. 1996. Reactive nitrogen and ozone relationships over the western Pacific: distribution, partitioning and sources. J. Geophys. Res., 101(D1): 1793-1808.
Singh, H. B., D. Herlth, R. Kolyer, R. Chatfield, W. Viezee, L. J. Salas, Y. Chen, J. D. Bradshaw, S. T. Sandholm, R. Talbot, G. L. Gregory, B. Anderson, G. W. Sachse, E. Browell, A. S. Bachmeier, D. R. Blake, B. Heikes, D. Jacob, and H. E. Fuelberg. 1996. Impact of biomass burning emissions on the composition of the South Atlantic troposphere: Reactive nitrogen and ozone. J. Geophys. Res., 101(D19): 24203-24220, 10.1029/96JD01018.

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