Don Michalski

Technical Staff

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Biography:

Donald E. Michalski
4214 Mohawk Drive
Madison, WI 53711
(608)274-1886 (home)
(608)263-4685 (work)
(608)347-7452 (cell)

Age: 70
Married 41 years to Ann (retired from Madison Public Library)
1 daughter (age 39), married, 1 son.

- Employed with the Space Astronomy Laboratory as an electrical engineer
since 1966.

- Currently, semi-retired with a 50% appointment with the Department.

- Former Associate Director of UW Space Astronomy Laboratory,
16 years, charged with responsibility of implementing the Director's
advanced space astronomy research and development programs.  Provides
the program management within the Laboratory and acts as liaison with
NASA project management (Kennedy, Marshall, Wallops, Goddard Space
Flight Centers).

- Program Manager and electrical engineer for the Astro WUPPE payload
flown, successfully, on 2 Shuttle missions in 1990 and 1995.  WUPPE now
retired and on display at UW Space Place.

- Designer of electronics for numerous sounding rocket payloads,
Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO), Wisconsin Ultraviolet
Photo-Polarimeter Experiment Shuttle Experiment (WUPPE), ground based
instrumentation for Washburn Observatory, WIYN telescope, and the HST
High Speed Photometer IDT detector development and FUSP rocket payload..
Specialize in design of custom embedded, low power, high reliability,
control and data acquisition systems for space and ground based instruments.
I designed and developed solid state photon detector electronics for missions.

- Former Vice President of Phoenix Engineering and Computing (17 years)
where I designed full custom and ASIC digital design was done for medical
and dairy equipment firms.

- User of Pulsonix CAD system- schematic entry, digital design
simulation, and circuit board manufacturing. 
I have developed electronic systems and circuit boards for other UW departments:
(Space Science and Engineering department, Space Physics department, and
the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation).
Designer of Xilinx CPLD (complex programmable logic device) circuits
for use in control systems for various projects and Star Tracker 5000 for NASA.

- Amateur Radio Operator since 1957 - W9IXG - Extra Class
- American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Wisonsin Section Manager since 1999
- ARRL Official Observer since 1990
- ARRL Technical Specialist
- UW Badger Amateur Radio Society Senior V.P.
- UW Space Place Amateur Radio Center President

Publications:

An image-tube scanner for the Wisconsin Echelle Spectrograph.
1972-- J. F. McNall, D. E. Michalski, T.L. Miedaner, PASP, 84, 145.

The Automation of the Wisconsin Echelle Spectrograph,
1972-- J. F. McNall, D. E. Michalski, T.L. Miednaer, PASP, 84, 176.

A Portable Reticon Multichannel Spectrometer
1978-- K. H. Nordsieck, J. F. McNall, D. E. Michalski,
Bull. American Astronomical Society. 10 451

An Improved Logarithmic Amplifier Circuit for PDS Microdensitometers
1983-- D. E. Michalski, C. M. Anderson, M. H. Slovak, PASP, 95, 792.

High-voltage amplifier drives transducers
1990-- Don Michalski, Electronic Design News

The Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment
1991-- K. H. Nordsieck, A. D. Code, M. R. Meade, B. L. Babler, C. M. Anderson,
D. E. Michalski, R. H. Pfeifer, T. E. Jones, Bull.A.A.S., 23, 906.

Exploring Ultraviolet Astronomical Polarimetry: Results from the
Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment
1994-- K. H. Nordsieck, A. D. Code, C. M. Anderson, M. R. Meade, B. L. Babler,
D. E. Michalski, R. H. Pfeifer, and T. E. Jones,
in the Proceedings of the SPIE symposium on X-Ray and UV Polarimetry, 2010, 2.

New Techniques in Ultraviolet Astronomical Polarimetry: Wide-Field Imaging and
Far-Ultraviolet Spectropolarimetry
1994-- K.H. Nordsieck, R. Marcum, K.P. Jeahnig and D. E. Michalski,
in the Proceedings of the SPIE symposium on X-Ray and UV Polarimetry, 2010, 2.
Donald E. Michalski    
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin - Madison
475 N. Charter St., Madison, WI 53706 USA
(608)263-4685 (ph); (608)263-0361 fax      dem@sal.wisc.edu

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