Areas of Expertise
- Project management
- Remote sensing
- Radiative transfer
Background and Current Work
Michelle Via has been providing scientific expertise to Riverside Research for 10 years. Michelle is a meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) scientist and project manager. She currently leads and coordinates research and development projects for the USAF.
Michelle has demonstrated her technical competence supporting the intelligence and remote sensing communities throughout her tenure with Riverside Research. She applies her expertise in the development, testing, demonstration, and training of mission planning tools in support of various remote sensing platforms. She has a comprehensive understanding of radiative transfer for sensor or tool application to include atmospheric effects on collection feasibility. Previously, Michelle supported the USAF mission in directed energy, laser intelligence, and remote sensing through atmosphere effects and modeling research. Through her project oversight role, Michelle gained extensive experience with radiative transfer modeling through her active use of the Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference (LEEDR) tool. Additionally, she has provided instruction of technical concepts and best practices to the radiative transfer and remote sensing communities.
Education, Awards, and Recognition
Michelle earned her BS in atmospheric science and climatology from The Ohio State University and an MS in earth and environmental sciences from Wright State University.