Mary E. Kicza
Assistant Administrator for Satellite
and Information Services
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Mary E. Kicza is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. NOAA Satellite and Information Service is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. In this role, Ms. Kicza leads the acquisition and operation of the Nation's civil operational environmental satellite system. She also leads efforts for research and development of products and programs to archive and provide access to a variety of Earth observations via three national data centers.
Ms. Kicza is a leader in the international Earth observation community, serving as the NOAA Principal to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and former Chair of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Group. In this capacity, she leads efforts to coordinate global satellite-based observations among international space agency partners to further the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems. In addition, Ms. Kicza serves as the Co-Chair of the NOAA Observing Systems Council, a group which coordinates observing systems requirements and provides resource recommendations for NOAA's observation platforms. She is also a member of the NOAA Executive Council, NOAA's executive decision-making body.
Before coming to NOAA, Ms. Kicza was the Associate Deputy Administrator for Systems Integration at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As a senior leader within NASA, she was responsible for assuring that the mission and mission support elements were effectively aligned and integrated. She served previously as Associate Administrator for Biological/Physical Research, Associate Center Director for Goddard Space Flight Center, Assistant Associate Administrator for Space Science, and Deputy Director of the Solar System Exploration Division. Ms. Kicza began her career as an engineer at McClellan Air Force Base in California, before joining NASA in 1982 as a lead engineer supporting the Atlas Centaur and Shuttle Centaur launch vehicles.
Ms. Kicza has served with distinction in a variety of technical, managerial, and leadership posts, supporting the development, launch, and operation of satellite systems as well as multi-faceted research and development programs. She has significant experience in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Offce of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Defense Department, Congress, the aerospace industry, and a diverse research community. Ms. Kicza has earned a Presidential Rank Award, two SESMeritorious Service Awards, NASA's Distinguished Service and Scientific Achievement Medal, a Department of Commerce Gold Medal, and numerous other awards.
Ms. Kicza received her Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from California State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mark S. Paese
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite
and Information Services
Mark Paese serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In this capacity, he provides day-to-day oversight of the activities of NESDIS' satellite operations, data processing, product and service delivery and research functions. He also has oversight responsibilities of the NESDIS budget planning and administration.
Mark previously served as the Director of the Office of Operational Systems for NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of NWS systems, providing systems engineering, software management, facilities, communications, configuration management and logistical services. He was also responsible for policy development,implementation, operations, support and evaluation of operational weather systems.
Mark has 30 years of experience in all facets of weather, communications and aviation, including 12 years in private industry. He has broad experience in leading science-based service organizations, introducing change, and using and implementing technology and science.
Previously, Mark held senior positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and prior to that with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. While in the private sector, he was responsible for systems engineering, operations and maintenance, acquisition, program management, strategic planning and business development.
Mark has also served as the Executive Director of the White House Task Force on Effective Warnings. His efforts resulted in the President signing the Executive Order 13407: Public Alert and Warning Systems. Mark also served on the FCC's Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee - charged with examining existing and planned disaster warning systems - resulting in today's Wireless Emergency Alert capability. In addition, he serves as a member of numerous delegations at international governmental summits and conferences, including the U.S. delegation to World Radiocommunication Conferences and the World Meteorological Organization. Mark is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, four Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards and a NOAA Administrator Award.
Thomas F. Burns
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems
Dr. Thomas F. Burns was appointed the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems (DAAS) in the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Systems (NESDIS) organization of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), effective July 1, 2013. In this capacity, Dr. Burns is responsible for the acquisition of the nation's weather satellite systems, a national mission in support of America's civil, environmental and defense needs, as well as international partnerships. Dr. Burns came to NOAA with over thirty years of experience in the space business in both industry and government. From 1981 to 1990, he worked at TRW in Redondo Beach, CA, supporting government satellite and ground system projects, including Peacekeeper Missile, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) and other national defense programs. In 1990, Dr. Burns entered on duty as a government civilian supporting the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he worked for over twenty-two years. He began his government career in applied technology development, with a focus on structures, mechanisms and sensors, before advancing into program management in the realm of large, complex national space systems. In 2002, Dr. Burns was appointed Program Director of a critical national space program in which he delivered to orbit several high performance observation payloads. Dr. Burns served as Mission Success Executive from 2008 to 2012, were he oversaw enterprise mission assurance and independent assessment functions. He led or served on over a dozen high profile independent review teams, including the assessments of cost effectiveness, major program viability, operational failures and major milestone readiness. Dr. Burns is the recipient of the NRO Medal of Distinguished Service and the Dr. Joseph V. Charyk award for achievement at the NRO.
Dr. Burns earned Bachelor and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where his research centered on spacecraft attitude control. He enjoys spending time with his family and distance running, having completed over twenty marathons.