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Robert P. Olling Resume Silver Spring, 20910, Maryland, US Mobile Phone: 202-469-2930 Secondary Phone: 301-405-3131 E-mail: ro15f05ba@westpost.

net OBJECTIVE: to put my extensive, 15+ years, experience as a scientist and as a programmer to use in a non-academic setting. SKILLS PhD-level astrophysics Expert Scientific Research Expert Out-of-the-box thinking Expert Detail-oriented thinking Expert Big-picture thinking Expert Physics & Mathematics Expert Maple & Mathematica analytical mathematics Intermediate/Expert IDL programming Expert FORTRAN programming Expert C programming Beginner HTML coding Beginner MS Excel Expert MS Word Expert MS Powerpoint Expert Scientific paper writing Expert Grant Writing (NASA & NSF) Expert Space mission design: science vs. engineering trade offs Intermediate CCD image analysis and photometry Expert Radio interferometry Expert Large Scale Projects Intermediate Positional astronomy Expert CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - PhD astrophysics - Principle Investigator for $500,000 in NASA grants - Over 100 scientific papers with over 1,000 citations HONORS & AWARDS USRA: "Navy Programs Programmatic Excellence Award" (2002) EDUCATION A) Doctorate, Astronomy, Columbia University | New York City, NY January 1990 - October 1995 class work including: 1) radio interferometry, 2) galactic dynamics, 3) stellar structure, 4) stellar evolution, 5) interstellar medium, 6) comochronology. All classes at advanced math and physics level. Independent research: - Radio interferometry data processing. - Building and comparing model galaxies with radio data. Building galactic structure models and compare with data. Quality of work has not been surpassed to date. B) Masters, Astronomy, University of Groningen, the Netherlands WORK EXPERIENCE:

A) Research Associate May 2006 - present University of Maryland, College Park, MD Independent research (astrophysics) See both the details and the big picture Out off the box thinking Grant proposal writing (>400k$ rewarded) Scientific paper writing Excellent programming skills (IDL) * Vast experince in code optimization and parllelization Teaching non-science undergraduate majors Mentoring high-school & graduate students Very diverse research interests: near-earth asteroids, nearby stars, wide binary stars, galactic dynamics, nearby galaxies, extra-galactic distance scale, cosmology. Tools applied: 1) positional astronomy (Hipparcos, FAME, OBSS, SIM, Gaia), 2) catalog data mining 3) precision photometry for various UV, optical and NIR surveys ( GALEX; Kepler, STEREO; 2MASS) 4) hyperspectral imaging & radio interferometry and Fourier Transform Spectroscopy 5) space mission design: science versus engineering requirement trade offs 6) 15+ years software experience, including >450,000 lines of IDL source code libraries and programs: ~250,000 other languages: designed various data reduction pipelines.Years of experience in speeding up and parallelising IDL code. B) Research Scientist September 2000 - January 2006 Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, MD Aerospace and Defense 1. Analyze 2MASS Red-Clump stars (NASA/ADP grant ; 156 k$) 1. Design for a MIDEX-class space mission for transiting planets 2. Dispersed Fourier Transform Spectrograph team member 3. Substantial part of the science case for the space missions 2. All activities listed below involved 100% interaction between scientific research and the development of IDL computer code to analyze the science & technical problems. 1. Analyze 2MASS Red-Clump stars to determine R0 re-evaluate photometric accuracy 1. develop new models for star catalog completeness 2. White-paper design for a MIDEX-class space mission to identify 10,000 bright transiting planets 1. balance science requirements with feasibility and cost 3. Critical participant in dispersed Fourier Transform Spectrograph project 1. build software pipeline to analyze the high spectral resolution dFTS data (goal to find earth-like exoplanets) 4. research and analysis of technical and scientific issues related to USNOs astrometric missions (19 technical memorandums) 1. Drafted of major part of the science case for USNOs proposed AMEX & OBSS space missions 2. Temporal characteristics of the FAME, AMEX and OBSS missions 3. Discovered OBSS utility in discovering transits of extra-solar giant planets 4. OBSS capability to discover a significant number of potentially hazardous asteroids 5. Participated in USNOs TPF activities (science definition) 6. Astrometric signatures of binarity in the Hipparcos catalog. 7. Starformation and assembly history of the Milky Way: near-field

cosmology. LANGUAGES English Fluent Dutch Fluent Frisian Intermediate German Intermediate French Beginner Spanish Beginner PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONSAmerican Astronomical Society INTERESTS Hiking/Backpacking, Cycling, Soccer coaching & playing, Books/Reading, Friends, Traveling