IS&T Award - 2011

IS&T LogoCongratulations to Horace Mitchell, recipient of GSFC's Eleventh Annual Excellence in Information Science and Technology Award

This award is presented annually to the Goddard employee who best exhibits broad, significant contributions to Goddard programs or projects in the areas of information science and technology. The award recognizes career achievement or a specific act of exceptional merit that was completed in the previous year.


Horace Mitchell, Horace Mitchell
Software Integration and Visualization Office
Code 610.3

The 2011 award was presented (**video not currently available**) to Horace Mitchell on May 11, 2011. Since 1997, Dr. Horace Mitchell has led the Scientific Visualization Study (SVS) in producing visualizations of NASA's scientific data for use in public media outlets, using many processes from the film and animation industry. He has directed or produced several major projects, including Multisensor Fire Observations, A Tour of the Cryosphere, Frozen, Towers in the Tempest, and Sentinels of the Heliosphere. Under Dr. Mitchell's leadership, the SVS has also placed thousands of its products on the web for use by the entire world, thus bringing NASA research and mission results into the broadcast media, museums, documentaries, and educational institutions -- groundbreaking achievements 

Dr. Horace Mitchell is currently the Acting Head of the Software Integration and Visualization Office. In addition, he has been project manager for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, project; and chair of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement II procurement. 

Dr. Horace Mitchell holds a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Rice University, an M.S. in applied mathematics from Princeton, and both M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After receiving his doctorate in physics in 1978, he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a research physicist studying plasma transport and instability processes in the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere at the Naval Research Laboratory. There he developed an interest in visualizing his scientific computations which subsequently led him to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1991 as head of the Scientific Visualization Studio, founded in 1988. 

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