Chief, Science and Geospatial Division
Nicholas (Miki) Schmidt
Nicholas (Miki) Schmidt is chief of the Science and Geospatial Division for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Previously, Schmidt served as division chief for NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. After serving as a manager of the Center's GIS program for four years, Schmidt became deputy chief of the Coastal Geospatial Services division, which leads the Center's GIS and remote sensing activities. In 2004, he was named division chief.
Schmidt originally joined NOAA in 1996.
An expert in applying geospatial technologies, Schmidt has had a long career with the federal government. From 1988 to 1991, he served as a civilian remote sensing scientist for the U.S. Army's Strategic Defense Command. He then joined NASA's commercial remote sensing program, working with private industry to develop new remote sensing products and services.
Schmidt holds a master's degree in geography and a bachelor's degree in marine science, both from the University of South Carolina.