Dr. John McCormack is a Program Scientist in the Heliophysics Division at NASA HQ. He is currently supporting the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE), Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON), Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD), Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED), and Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) missions. He is also a point of contact for the 2020 GOLD/ICON Guest Investigator (GIGI) research program.
Prior to joining NASA in 2020, Dr. McCormack was a physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory’s Space Science Division, where he led both basic and applied projects to develop high-altitude (up to 100 km) numerical weather prediction systems, focusing on improved physical parameterizations and analysis of satellite-based observations of the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere. He has authored or coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed publications. He recently co-chaired the Data Assimilation Working Group, part of the Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) initiative sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, and is a member of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. McCormack earned a B.A. degree in Physics and Astronomy from Carleton College, and later received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona, where he worked as a Research Associate at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He was also a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.