Dr. Josef Koller is a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. In this position, he serves as a thought-leader and senior staff analyst responsible for providing technical advice on space-related United States Government and DoD policy matters. He directly supports key governmental efforts in order to implement the President's National Strategy for Space. His portfolio includes commercial remote sensing, space traffic management, space situational awareness, launch license review, congressional engagements, and public affairs related issues. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Koller was leading the Space Science and Applications Development Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory managing over 40 staff scientists, technicians, and students.
He is the founder of the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, and led a number of satellite conjunction analysis and space weather projects. In his previous position, he developed novel data assimilation and machine learning techniques and holds a U.S. patent on space weather modeling using artificial intelligence.
Dr. Koller is an author of over 40 refereed publications with 700+ citations. He is a topical editor for the Journal of Geoscientific Model Development and received his PhD in Astrophysics from Rice University in 2004. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with the family, flying a Cessna 172, and saving lives on the ski patrol.