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Robin Krause: A Geologist with Her Eyes on the Stars

October 18, 2018

A NASA native of 31 years, Robin Krause is no stranger to innovation. From her leadership in creating software that provides Earth observation and data services for the entire Earth science community, members of the public, and other government agencies to her work leading a multi-billion-dollar ground segment project, Robin has made a substantial impact at the agency. She now continues to do so here in the Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division.

Robin joined the agency as a NASA contractor fresh from Purdue University in 1987 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology and a master’s degree in geological applications of remote sensing. Originally planning to begin a career in oil after college, she soon realized that her background in remote sensing science and engineering was well-suited for NASA – a more exciting place to work.

Robin specialized in metadata engineering, or collecting data about other data, which had her processing and analyzing satellite data. She soon began development for NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System. During this time, she also created the Earth Observing System Clearing House software, which was the runner-up for NASA’s Software of the Year competition not once, but twice. That nomination resulted in her photo on the cover of the December 2005 issue of the technology and business magazine eWeek.

Robin later joined the civil service and eventually became deputy project manager of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R ground segment, a collaboration between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This multi-billion-dollar project focused on command and control of NOAA’s new weather satellites, and receiving, processing and disseminating environmental data. Robin helped build the project from the ground up by overseeing staffing, procurement and execution. While in this position she took a special assignment to serve at NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) as deputy director for the Office of Satellite Ground Services where she developed plans and a roadmap for an integrated ground segment architecture and organization.

Her accomplishments do not end there. As a member of the American Geophysical Union, Robin implemented the Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group, which brings the technical specialists who develop and operate science data systems together with the scientists they serve. The focus group has around 3,000 members that explore the ever-evolving Earth and space science data systems and the technologies and methodologies that accompany them.

Robin joined the Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division in 2015 as the project integration manager, focusing on developing a strategic vision and strategic communications vehicles for the division. She now serves as the associate program manager, and her primary responsibility is to promote division cross-cutting activities that focus on unification and integration across projects. She also finds efficiencies across the division, such as identifying common processes and tools that could be utilized by multiple projects.

When she’s not creating groundbreaking software or building large projects from the ground up, Robin enjoys traveling and has visited 25 countries, including Thailand, Denmark, Turkey and Finland.