Dr. Michael J. Sholl
Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies Corp
SPIE Involvement:
Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Author
Profile Summary

Michael Sholl earned his Ph.D. Experimental Fluid Dynamics and Computational Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, 1995. Sholl was Project Manager of the Bekeley Spectrometer on ORFEUS-II, launched on STS-80 in 1996.

From 1997-1998 he worked on various programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, including the Fleet Ballistic Missile and the Airborne Laser.

He was re-hired in 1998 by Berkeley to lead the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Explorer as project manager and lead engineer. CHIPS was the only NASA UNEX class mission to reach orbit, and launched in 2003.
Sholl was Reaction Control System lead engineer at Berkeley for the THEMIS constellation, which launched in 2007. Sholl is currently optics and stray light lead engineer for the for the Department of Energy for the Joint Dark Energy Mission.
Publications (50)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 10, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Optical design, Astronomy, Polishing, Data modeling, Silica, Lenses, Glasses, Tolerancing, Surface finishing

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 10, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
KEYWORDS: Antireflective coatings, Astronomy, Lenses, Coating, Computer aided design, Spectroscopes

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 18, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI
KEYWORDS: Signal to noise ratio, Point spread functions, Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Cameras, Charge-coupled devices, Systems engineering, Galactic astronomy, Baryon acoustic oscillations

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 9, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Telescopes, Astronomy, Polishing, Silica, Silica, Lenses, Coating, Tolerancing, Spectroscopes, Surface finishing

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 9, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Astronomy, Scattering, Light scattering, Bidirectional reflectance transmission function, Stray light, Light

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 19, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Bolometers, Thermography, Optical filters, Lenses, Sensors, Physics, Receivers, Optical testing, Optical filtering, Temperature metrology

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Conference Committee Involvement (4)
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned IV
10 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned III
18 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II
2 August 2010 | San Diego, California, United States
Space Missions and Technologies
5 April 2010 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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