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OPPA Leadership

Karen M. St. Germain

Acting Director of OPPA

NESDIS Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis

Dr. Karen St. Germain serves as the Acting Director of the Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA) for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight of the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services, and ground systems) for NOAA's operational environmental satellite systems. In support of these activities, she oversees the requirements definition studies, conceptual and detailed engineering design and overall systems planning.

Dr. St. Germain developed a deep understanding of the NESDIS mission as NOAA’s lead for all aspects of system performance during the development of the successful Suomi-NPP system, from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, Dr. St. Germain accepted a position in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L). There, Dr. St. Germain designed and led the successful DoD 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review for Space, a special assignment task for the Deputy Secretary of Defense to develop a strategy and implementation plan for adapting to evolving challenges in the space domain. Dr. St. Germain also led the Remote Sensing and Prompt Strike Division within SSI, where she was responsible for acquisition shaping and oversight of DoD strategic missile warning and space-based environmental monitoring portfolio, and the Program Director of the Conventional Prompt Global Strike Program.

Prior to her work on operational systems, Dr. St. Germain had a successful research career at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Nebraska, and the Naval Research Laboratory. Her research took her to the Arctic and Antarctic on ice-breakers, through hurricanes and tropical storms on NOAA’s P-3s, and on a snowmobile traverse of the Greenland ice sheet. She and her colleagues developed and successfully transitioned a new ocean surface wind vector observation technique from airborne proof-of-concept to the WindSat Coriolis space-borne demonstration.

Dr. St. Germain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1993). She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy in 2013.

 


 

Richard Ullman

Deputy Director of OPPA

NESDIS Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis

Richard Ullman is the Deputy Director of the NESDIS Office of Projects, Planning and Analysis. In this role, he assists the OPPA Director in overseeing the the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services, and ground services) for NOAA’s operational environmental satellite systems. In support of these activities, he also assists the OPPA Director in overseeing requirements definition studies, conceptual and detailed engineering design and overall systems planning.

Mr. Ullman joined NOAA in 2013 as Deputy Chief of OPPA’s Program Management and Execution Division and he has been a key team member in NOAA's oversight of the COSMIC-2, DSCOVR, MetOP-C and Jason-3 missions. Before joining OPPA, Richard spent twenty five years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working in Earth Science Data Systems engineering and development, including supporting both our JPSS and GOES-R programs. Richard was the JPSS data products engineering lead for the development and deployment of the NPP GRAVITE calibration/validation support system and he served as data products systems engineer and data products deputy division chief prior to the JPSS program transition. Before that he served as a lead systems engineer for the GOES-R ground project during the systems requirements definition phase.

Mr. Ullman has a Master of Science in computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Dickinson College.

 


 

Martin Yapur

TPIO Division Chief

Technology, Planning and Integration for Observations

Martin Yapur is the Division Chief of the Technology, Planning and Integration for Observations (TPIO) division. Martin and his team develop NOAA's Integrated Environmental Observation and Data Management System Architecture, also known as NOAA's Integrated System of Systems.

Martin has been at the forefront of the collection, standardization, configuration management, and assessment of all NOAA observation requirements and developing and analyzing NOAA's integrated observing system architecture, which consists of the blueprint, standards, processes, and investments needed to build an integrated observational capability that delivers higher-value data and products to end-users. Over the years, Martin has participated in numerous campaigns for investments analyses, analysis of alternatives, observing systems recapitalization plans, decision portfolio analysis and most recently, NOAA's first ever observing system integrated analysis (NOSIA).

Martin also works with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) where he chairs one of the Subgroups of the Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) and leads a multi-agency project to develop and implement a community catalog that enables access to satellite data from all the CEOS participant partners. This project essentially translates native protocol from data providers into a common language compliant with ISO and OpenSearch standards as well as GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) protocols. Currently involved in this project are the initial members NOAA, NASA and USGS in addition to international partners from Brazil (INPE), China (Chinese Academy of Opto-Electrics AOE, CRESDA), Canada (CCMEO), Europe (ESA)and (EUMETSAT), South Africa (CSIR),Thailand (GISTDA), Japan (JAXA) and India (ISRO).

Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Martin earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Universidad Mayor de San Andres and a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science and Remote Sensing from the City College of New York. Martin is an alumnus of the NOAA Cooperative Center for Remote Sensing Science and Technology (CREST) program, the Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) class of 2003, and the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP) through the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) and the City College of The City University of New York. Martin resides in Germantown, MD with his wife and 4 children including their twin boys in their terrible 4s.

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Jim Silva

PMED Division Chief

Project Management and Execution Division

Jim Silva is the Division Chief of the Project Management and Execution Division (PMED) division. PMED is responsible for oversight of the implementation phase of NESDIS satellite programs outside of JPSS and GOESR.

As chief, Silva has overall lead for executing: Jason-3, DSCOVR, NOAA sensors on MetOp-C , and GOES-N sustainment. The SIDAR and Jason CS initiatives are also being formulated in PMED. Silva has been with NOAA for 32 years, mostly leading various flight and ground projects within the Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis. He was the NOAA instrument manager for the POES sensors slated for the KLM series in the 1980's. Later, Silva went on to two ground system project management roles to assess NOAA's requirements for processing and disseminating Jason 1 data, the other to exploit the Suomi NPP data for NOAA and other civilian users.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland. He and his wife have a teenaged son.

 


 

Margaret I. Caulfield

ROPPD Division Chief

Research to Operations and Project Planning

 

Margaret I. Caulfield is the Division Chief of the Research to Operations and Project Planning Division (ROPPD). As Chief, she leads the definition of project concepts and system performance specifications for future NESDIS projects. She leads the pre-formulation and early formulation budgets and plans for new satellite projects beginning with pre-Phase A and continuing through KDP B of the acquisition process.

Margaret joined NESDIS from NASA Headquarters where she was the Program Executive for the Optical Communications Ground System in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. At Headquarters she also served on a detail as the executive for the Agency Program Management Council.  Before coming to NASA Headquarters, she was a Branch Head and Technology Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She began her NASA career at Goddard's White Sands Complex in Las Cruces, NM.

Margaret has a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Wright State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute.