Francis P Kelly


Career History and Highlights  
Dr. Frank P. Kelly has served as the USGS EROS Center Director and USGS Space Policy Advisor since December 2011. Dr. Kelly provides executive leadership, management and critical evaluation of EROS satellite mission management, land use change research and applications development and long-term data management services, information archival and support activities.  He participates in the development and review of new and existing space policies as a member of and advisor to multi-agency (USGS, DOI, NASA, NOAA and other Federal Agencies) executive work groups and programs. He holds the position as the Chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), an international collaboration forum of 60 members who coordinate the use of over 140 satellite systems.

Dr. Kelly is the former Board Chair of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, an international group which provides satellite remote sensing information to emergency response agencies worldwide. Dr. Kelly came to the USGS EROS from Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as the National Weather Service (NWS) Regional Director. He was responsible for all operational and scientific meteorological, climatological, hydrological, and oceanographic programs in the Alaska Region, including observing networks, forecast techniques, products and services, and information technology. Prior to being stationed in Anchorage, Dr. Kelly served in several senior leadership positions at NWS Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. He started his professional career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in several capacities, including Headquarters U.S. Air Force Acquisition Manager for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.  After retiring from the Air Force in 1994, he worked in the private sector as Senior Staff Scientist and later as Vice-President at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.  

Dr. Kelly holds doctoral and master of science degrees in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, Fort Collins and a bachelor of science degree in earth science from Montana State University, Bozeman.