Rob Fatland

UW Director of Cloud and Data Solutions


Rob Fatland is the UW Director of Cloud and Data Solutions. He has formerly worked at NASA and Microsoft Research and has a PhD in Geophysics. His interests are in data science across the full spectrum from acquisition to collaboration with emphases on remote sensing, sensor networks, visualization, data systems and (domain-wise) the earth’s hydrosphere. He also devotes time and energy to K12 STEM education.


  • Networking: Finding resources, collaborators, help
  • Data science design patterns
  • Data visualization
  • Geophysics, emphasis on hydrosphere
  • Remote sensing
  • Embedded systems / IOT / ruggedizing
  • Translating from research to public utility
  • STEM education and public outreach