Michael Burek

Hello! I am an Engineer that specializes in designing and building measurement systems for scientific research. On the Windows to the Universe Project I am responsible for the technical portions of the project. I tend the server, develop CGI scripts, Java applets, and brainstorm with the developers and artists to create new and fun ways to present our information. I also help Roberta with organizing the HTML development and I am having fun helping with the science content development. I find the area of archaeoastronomy fascinating and, I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.

I earned my Engineering degree in 1982 from Michigan Technological University specializing in electronic and computer design.

At the University I also work on a project that makes remote scientific data and collaboration tools available to scientists connected to the internet, worldwide.

In the past I have designed parts of airborne multispectral sensor systems, a computer that controlled a triaxial acceleration sensor system for the Space Shuttle (Columbia), a telemetry and control system for the HRDI (High Resoloution Doppler Imager) satellite, and a three dimensional, real time visualization system for a Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

In my non work hours I like to dance a lot. I'm taking four or five Jazz classes a week as well as folk dancing (contra) on weekends. When I'm resting I like to read well written literature and poetry (click here for a favorite poem), listen to all types of music (except country), and yak on the phone. I enjoy hiking, oceans, mountains, European cities and travel. I have a 17 year old daughter who's a senior this year. We've traveled in Europe the past couple of summers, and have enjoyed it tremendously.

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Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part is sponsored in part through grants from federal agencies (NASA and NOAA), and partnerships with affiliated organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Earth System Information Partnership, the American Meteorological Society, the National Center for Science Education, and TERC. The American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute are Windows to the Universe Founding Partners. NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Contact NESTA for more information. NASA ESIP NCSE HHMI AGU AGI AMS NOAA