Phil helped design, develop, and implement the CloudSat data processing system. Currently, he manages the Data Processing Center and works with the CloudSat Science Team to develop new data products. He holds a BS in Atmospheric Science from UCLA (1994) and a MS in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University (1998). He obtained a project management certificate from PMI and Colorado State University in 2007. His work on the CloudSat project has been recognized with several awards:
- NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for exceptional contributions to the CloudSat mission in the design and implementation of the Level 2 software infrastructure for the CloudSat Data Processing System, July 2008.
- NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award for exemplary performance in the development and implementation of the CloudSat Standard Data Product algorithms, July 2008.
- NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the CloudSat mission in the design, development, and implementation of the CloudSat Data Processing System, June 2007.
- Recognition of Excellence from the NASA CloudSat Project for developing the Algorithm Interface Management System, November 2001.