HAQAST Ambassadors

HAQAST Ambassadors represent the broad range of interests of our stakeholders. Ambassadors are provided a venue for feedback, discussion, and regular communication for deeper, more sustained involvement with HAQAST activities. Members are liaisons between NASA and the user community, who engage in activities to promote the use of NASA Earth observations, and share stakeholder needs and questions with HAQAST applied researchers.

Interested in joining? Apply now!

Meet the HAQAST Ambassadors

Michael Geigert

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Air Quality Meteorologist


“The NASA visible, fire and aerosol products have been a valuable tool for our air quality forecasters, and we make almost daily use of these products.”

Barron H. Henderson

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Physical Scientist


“I use NASA and NOAA satellite data to routinely evaluate and improve atmospheric models that are used in the regulatory process.”

Tabassum Z Insaf

New York State Department of Health

Research Scientist 4


“We are currently part of a HAQAST project that will use air quality ensemble products developed using satellite data to look at health effects of combined effects of air quality and extreme heat in the context of climate policy initiatives in the state.”

Byeong-Uk Kim

Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Program Manager 1


“The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), uses satellite data and tools to perform technical analysis projects to improve ozone and PM2.5 air quality in the state.”

Steve Moran

BreezoMeter, Inc.

Director, US Public Sector Business Development


“BreezoMeter’s products leverage NASA data to provide global, real-time, and hyper-local information on air quality, pollen, and wildfire smoke.”

Leticia Nogueira, PhD MPH

American Cancer Society

Researcher


“We use satellite data to evaluate how exposure to climate change-fueled extreme weather events and pollution from fossil fuel infrastructure impacts access to cancer care and outcomes.”

Pallavi Pant

Health Effects Institute

Senior Scientist


“I’ve used NASA data/tools for work at the Health Effects Institute as well as for training and public outreach engagements outside of my formal duties.”

Magdalene McCarty Sanders

Earth Stewards

President


“NASA satellite data and training has allowed for collaboration and partnerships that has allowed Environmental Justice (EJ) to build a community of practice using satellite data for EJ applications.”

Amirhosein Mousavi

IQAir North America

Data Scientist


“In addition to the ground-based realtime sensor and regulatory measurements, we use NASA satellite Air Quality modeling estimates fused with machine learning algorithms to provide users with daily and hourly forecasts, near home, work, and travel destinations.”

Allison Patton

Health Effects Institute

Senior Scientist


“I work on air pollution exposure and health effects using air pollutant concentrations derived from NASA air quality products and other datasets.”

Eric Stevens

National Park Service

Alaska Fire Weather Program Manager


“NASA’s MODIS imagery is fundamental in both the analysis and forecasts processes [for wildfires across Alaska].”

Mary Tran

Department of State

Project Manager


“The Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) greatly values NASA and their data and research contributions to the Department of State’s air quality program, DOSAir….[and] aims to leverage and integrate satellite data in Department products to provide accurate forecasting capabilities for our personnel overseas.”

Mary Uhl

WESTAR

Executive Director


“Satellite data and tools from NASA are key to analyzing air quality issues, improving western inventories, improving forecasting, analyzing air pollution events and providing visual data for communicating with the public.”

About HAQAST Ambassadors

Ambassadors will help connect stakeholders with NASA data and tools. Ambassadors will discuss upcoming HAQAST opportunities, obtain a deeper understanding of new developments, propose additions to meeting agendas, and influence future directions of HAQAST. This is an opportunity to regularly share information two to three times a year and increase the effectiveness of collaborations. Meet our current ambassadors here!

Opportunities for Ambassadors

By being a HAQAST Ambassador, stakeholders can be formally recognized as engaged “super-users” who have devoted time and effort to employing satellite data for health and air quality societal benefit. Ambassadors will also be given opportunities to speak at HAQAST meetings, input to and review of Tiger Team topics and plans, and have their work and contributions highlighted on our website, in our newsletters, and on social media.

Joining the HAQAST Ambassadors

We welcome all interested stakeholders to apply and get involved. We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, prioritizing stakeholders from non-academic institutions and those representing a range of applications. We ask you commit for one year, with an option to renew. We hope to continue growing this community throughout the HAQAST grant cycle (through 2025).

To become an ambassador, we ask that stakeholders participate in three components:

  • Articulate the value of NASA data (which can be included in the application statement and which we would share on our public website).
  • Lead initiatives with peers or their organizations to share information on NASA data (this includes giving talks at association meetings, providing features on organization websites or in newsletters, etc.).
  • Provide annual updates on activities and initiatives. Ambassadors are also invited to participate in HAQAST meetings.