Samuel Porter became a Payload Operations Engineer with SAGE III in 2017 after completing his education. He attended Bridgewater College where he did research into induction accelerators and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics. He then attended Christopher Newport University and earned a Master of Science degree in applied physics and computer science. He conducted research on space weather for his master’s thesis to find a coupling function between events that occur in Earth’s magnetosphere in response to solar wind drivers, specifically Steady Magnetospheric Convection events. The coupling function will serve to identify, with greater accuracy, when Earth’s magnetosphere is in a state of Steady Magnetospheric Convection.

The SAGE III/ISS Team

Bob Borchardt
Payload Engineer

Donald Cleckner
Mission Operations Engineer

Robert Damadeo
Lead Algorithm Scientist

Jim Farmer
Ground Systems Engineer

David Flittner
Project Scientist

Michael Heitz
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Jonathan Hicks
Ground Systems Engineer

Charles Hill
Deputy Project Scientist / Instrument Scientist

Carter Hulsey
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Susan Kizer
Validation Scientist

Travis Knepp
Aerosol Research Scientist

Mahesh Kovilakam
Aerosol Research Scientist

Marsha Larosee
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Daniel Larrowe
Mission Operations Engineer

Kevin Leavor
Payload Scientist

Kaitlin Liles
Chief Engineer / Lead Thermal Engineer

Patricia Lucker
SSAI Group Manager

Daniel Mangosing
Senior Systems Engineer / SAGE Website Administrator

Robbie Manion
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Joshua McDonald
Mission Operations Engineer

Jamie Nehrir
Mission Operations Manager

Greg Paxton
Ground Systems Lead

Andrew Peterson
Ground Systems Manager

Michael Pitts
Lead Scientist for Oxygen A-Band Temperature / Pressure Research Product

Samuel Porter
Deputy Mission Operations Manager

Marilee Roell
Science Manager

Carrie Roller
Science Validation Engineer

Caitlyn Stone
Mission Operations Engineer

Larry Thomason
Lead Scientist for Aerosol Extinction Coefficient Product

Shane Wolf
Software Assurance Lead