|EVA on Devon Island|
|Brian tries the SpaceShipOne simulator at UND.|
Since 2005, Shiro has worked as a Geophysicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. In this capacity, he helps continuously monitor the globe for earthquakes, accessesing their tsunamigenic potential, and issuing tsunami warnings as needed. His high-pressure job is regularly featured by news media outlets like CNN and NPR. Brian’s diverse background also includes jobs working in upper atmosphere physics, carbon nanotubes, satellite radar mapping, geochemistry, glaciology, geodesy, biophysics, impact cratering, seafloor mapping, and high performance computing. He has experience working at three NASA centers and served as the principal investigator for a Mars Geophysical Lander mission proposal to NASA in 2003.
Shiro is also a private pilot, scuba diver, marathon runner, Eagle Scout, and regular speaker at area K-12 schools on earth and space science topics. He has completed six marathons, including the Boston Marathon, with a personal best time of 3:02. He lives in Hawaii with his wife and two young children and blogs about his experiences towards becoming an astronaut at http://www.astronautforhire.com/.