Senior Research Scientist
Ellicott City, MD
Melvyn recently retired from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he began as a post doc and in 1974 became a staff scientist. During his tenure, he was privileged to participate in a variety of exciting projects including the European Space Agency (ESA)/NASA Cluster mission (which ESA is still supporting). For several years he was also the Project Scientist for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and for the past 10 years has led one of the three Interdisciplinary Science Teams of MMS. HIs research interests include studying the solar wind as a turbulent magnetofluid and investigating properties of magnetic reconnection in space plasmas. Together with other colleagues at Goddard, the Univ. of Delaware and elsewhere, he has worked on numerical simulations of magnetofluid turbulence, especially in the three-dimensional solar wind. That work now encompasses the inclusion of interplanetary pickup ions, turbulent dissipation as well as the interaction of the solar wind with the local interstellar medium. He lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with his wife Nancy and every couple of months trek north to Toronto to visit their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.