Daniel is a NASA research scientist at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama with over 25 years of experience in satellite remote sensing applications and geospatial data in the developing world. 


Dan is currently the founder and Global Program Manager for SERVIR, a joint program by NASA and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Before joining NASA, Dan lived and worked in Guatemala, developing leading GIS laboratories for conservation organizations and the Guatemalan government. A primary objective of his work was to demonstrate how satellite data is used for forest conservation and economic development throughout the tropics. Dan has organized numerous satellite remote sensing, and GIS workshops, that have trained hundreds of scientists and researchers throughout the United States and globally. These workshops and capacity-building efforts have led to tens of scientific applications developed in collaboration with national users for improving decision-making in their countries. He has been recognized worldwide for his significant contributions to human well-being, environmental stewardship, and scientific understanding of our planet.


Daniel E. Irwin is an outstanding example of a true leader. He is highly recognized for his significant contributions to the quality of life, economic opportunities, and stewardship of the planet with Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.


.A recent anonymous survey was circulated among employees, co-workers, comrades, and peers of Dan, asking for a brief description of his leadership and dedication in delivering an outstanding experience to the public. The following are some of the many accolades received: profoundly charismatic, honest and trustworthy, leads by example, dedicated service, humble, engaged, positive, focused, inspirational, and dedicated for the good of people around the globe.


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NASA SERVIR Global Program Manager
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)