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GOES-R Series Program Team

  • Michael Stringer System Program Director (Acting), NOAA

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    Michael Stringer, System Program Director (Acting), NOAA

    Michael Stringer is acting System Program Director for the GOES-R Series Program. In this role, Stringer oversees the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services and ground systems) for the GOES-R/S/T/U satellites. Before assuming the position of acting System Program Director, Stringer was the Assistant System Program Director

    Prior to joining GOES-R, Stringer was with the United States Air Force for nearly 30 years. Most recently, he was the Branch Chief Systems Engineer for the Global Command and Control Systems Branch at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    In 1986, Stringer started his career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked in the High Speed Aero Performance Branch conducting various flight performance studies. He moved on to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1994, to work in the First Space Control Squadron as an orbital analyst, keeping track of geosynchronous satellites. Stringer held several positions there until 2007, including technical director for the squadron. When the squadron moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2007, he became the technical director of the Joint Space Operation Center, which tracks all of the objects in space, performs conjunction assessment of on-orbit assets, and gives strategic direction for Air Force space assets.

    Stringer received an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

  • Timothy Walsh Assistant System Program Director (Acting), NOAA

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    Timothy Walsh, Assistant System Program Director (Acting), NOAA

    Timothy Walsh has been acting Assistant System Program Director since January 2017. In this role, he supports the acting System Program Director with oversight of the program and ground and flight projects.

    Most recently, Walsh was the Deputy Project Manager for the GOES-R Series Flight Project. In this position, Walsh supported the development, integration and test, and launch and checkout of the GOES-R flight segment, which is comprised of six instrument payloads and the spacecraft. Before joining the GOES-R Program in 2005, Walsh was manager of the NOAA Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) in Suitland, Maryland, where he led NOAA flight operations for the GOES, POES and DMSP satellites. Walsh joined NOAA in 1996 and supported the SOCC as Engineering Branch Chief, where he supported operations for the GOES and POES constellations, and helped transfer operations of the DMSP constellation from the U.S. Air Force to NOAA.

    Before joining NOAA in 1995, Walsh supported a number of NASA missions, including the launch and check out of the GOES-8 and GOES-9 spacecraft as a member of the GOES Mission Operations Support Team. Previous to working at NASA, Walsh supporting the development of multiple projects for air traffic and fire-control radar systems, electronic warfare and strategic communications systems.

    Walsh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Edward Grigsby Deputy System Program Director, NASA

    Edward Grigsby
    Edward Grigsby, Deputy System Program Director, NASA

    As Deputy System Program Director since September 2016, Edward Grigsby supports the System Program Director in every aspect of the GOES-R Series Program to ensure effective programmatic and technical implementation of the development, launch and fielding of the GOES-R mission systems.

    Prior to assuming the role of Deputy SPD, Grigsby was the GOES-R Program Systems Engineering Lead and technical authority since 2010, overseeing overall mission systems integration, planning, verification/validation and engineering processes and products for the program.

    Before joining the GOES-R Series Program, Grigsby worked within NASA, DoD and the commercial sector serving in several technical and engineering management positions including: Program Director for the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder Program and Program Executive for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission at NASA Headquarters; Project Manager for the NASA/NMP EO3 Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS) Project at the NASA Langley Research Center; System Engineer for the GOES-R Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES) at NASA GSFC; Project Manager and Test Director for the Integration Test Directorate at Worldcom; Manager of the Generic Radar Target Generator Project for the Electronic Warfare Directorate at Edwards AFB and also held systems/instrument/observatory engineering management positions for the development of the Miniature Sensor Technology Integration (MSTI) spacecraft missions at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

    Grigsby holds a Master of Science degree in Electro-Optic Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic/Computer Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

  • Steven J. Goodman, Ph.D. Chief Program Scientist, NOAA

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    Steven J. Goodman, Ph.D., Chief Program Scientist, NOAA

    As the Senior Program Scientist for the GOES-R Series Program, Steve Goodman serves as the primary science authority for the nation’s next generation geostationary environmental satellite program. Goodman is also the team lead for the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) science team.

    His research interests include the global distribution and variability of thunderstorms, lightning and precipitation physics, and the application of space-based remote sensing to improve the short-range forecasting of severe storms.

    Following a 20-year career with NASA and prior to joining the GOES-R Program Office, he served as the Deputy Director of the NESDIS Office for Satellite Research and Applications and as the Acting Deputy Director for the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation. He is a past recipient of the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his research on severe storms and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.



  • Pam Sullivan Flight Project Manager, NASA

    Craig Keeler Program Systems Engineering Lead (Acting), NOAA

    Jamie Dunn Deputy Flight Project Manager, NOAA

    Steve Schaeffer Budget Officer/Program Control Chief, NOAA

    Bob Melis Deputy Flight Project Manager, Resources, NASA

    Fred Pohlmann Contracting Officer, Ground Segment Project, NOAA

    James M. Valenti Project Manager, GOES-R Ground Segment Project, Office of Satellite Ground Services, NOAA

    Ann Haase Contracting Officer, Flight Project, NASA

    Heather Keller Deputy Ground Segment Project Manager, Resources, NASA

    Angela Melito Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer, NASA