Dr. Wiltberger works as research Senior Scientist within the High Altitude Observatory whose main area of research is the modeling of the magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar wind and coupled thermosphere-ionosphere system. This work includes efforts to develop new models, analysis of model results, and dissemination of research results through peer review journals and presentations at meetings. He also works on understanding the basic physical processes involved in the coupling of the magnetosphere with the ionosphere.
Mike has served as a panelist on numerous NASA and NSF review panels, chair of the GEM Steering Committee, vice-chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Science and Technology Committee (STAC) on Space Weather, and as Vice Chair of the Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interactions Panel of the 2010 NRC Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics. In addition to his position at NCAR he holds Adjunct Professor positions at Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author or co-author of over 80 publications in refereed scientific journals and has given more than 75 invited presentations at scientific conferences.