Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Thursday, October 21, 2021

CIRES director joins board of directors for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

CASIS manages the International Space Station National Laboratory

blue/white earth in background, metal gray space station in foreground
The International Space Station in orbit around Earth

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory, today announced that CIRES Director and former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati joined the organization’s board of directors. The CASIS Board of Directors seeks to ensure and enhance the utility of the ISS National Laboratory to further basic and applied space-based research that brings value to our nation and drives a robust market in low Earth orbit.

“The International Space Station is home to a one-of-a-kind laboratory that provides an environment and perspective that allow us to push the frontiers in science as we seek to further understand biology, physics and our world. It is a privilege to be part of the group that oversees the management and mission of this amazing orbiting national laboratory,” Abdalati said. 

Abdalati currently serves as director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is also a professor in the department of geography. CIRES, which was established through a Cooperative Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, conducts research that advances our understanding of the global, regional and local environments and the human relationship with those environments, for the benefit of society. Abdalati’s research interests are in the use of space-based and airborne remote sensing techniques to understand how and why Earth's environment is changing, and what those changes mean for life on Earth. 

In addition to Abdalati’s extensive career as a researcher and educator, he spent 14 years working at NASA. During this time, he served in a variety of leadership roles that shaped the strategic priorities for our nation’s space agency. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, he served as a research scientist and eventual branch head. Abdalati also served as manager of NASA’s Cryospheric Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters. In 2011, Abdalati was named NASA chief scientist by then NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. 

“The CASIS Board of Directors is honored to have Dr. Waleed Abdalati join us as we continue to further the strategic priorities and mission objectives of the ISS National Laboratory, which serves as a public service to our nation,” said CASIS Board of Directors Chairwoman Dr. Elizabeth Cantwell. “With Dr. Abdalati’s robust background in the Earth sciences, and his knowledge of NASA and its various programs, he will provide valuable insights that will further relationships and drive potential areas of experimentation that have terrestrial impact through this one-of-a-kind research facility in low Earth orbit.”

CASIS manages the ISS National Laboratory through a Cooperative Agreement with NASA. 

This release was adapted from an announcement by the International Space Station National Laboratory.  


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