LOWELL — You might say that John Noto has his head in the clouds, but you wouldn’t be thinking big enough.
Noto is a space physicist, which means he studies the atmosphere of earth and terrestrial planets and their interaction with the sun. In colloquial terms, he’s what some would call a “rocket scientist.”
When he wasn’t busy being a space scientist or running any one of his several companies, Noto was involved in several innovative local projects. He co-founded Lowell Makes, a creative group where people share ideas and tools, and he mentored residents at Entrepreneurship for All, also known as EforAll, a business incubator.
His many contributions to the community were recognized by Mayor Sokhary Chau and the City Council at their Oct. 18 meeting. After 15 years in Lowell, Noto is moving to Colorado, where he’ll join Orion Space Solutions as chief scientist.