Mr. Schmadel joined USRA in 1983, working in program development at USRA's Washington Office. He contributed to the expansion of USRA programs at NASA Field Centers and other Federal laboratories in the areas of Earth science, space physics, astronomy, and microgravity research. He relocated to Boulder, Colorado, from 1985 to 1987, to serve as Associate Director of USRA's Atmospheric Sciences Program.
Mr. Schmadel returned to Washington to manage the early planning of new USRA research centers, bringing together government, universities, and industry in successful collaborations. Mr. Schmadel worked on the planning and formation of partnerships for the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences, the National Center for Space Exploration Research (formerly the National Center for Microgravity Research), the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, the Center for Program/Project Management Research, the Student Explorer Demonstration Initiative, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), USRA's Division of Space Life Sciences (formerly Division of Space Biomedicine), the Center for Space Nuclear Research, and USRA's participation in the management and operation of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.