Ajay Mehta

OSGS Director

Mike Stringer

Ajay Mehta is the Director of the Office of Satellite Ground Services (OSGS) within NOAA's Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS).

In this role he is responsible for leading ground sustainment efforts for operational satellite systems in low-Earth, geostationary and deep space orbits. He is also responsible for leading the transformation, and transition of the organization's data ingest, processing, dissemination and archive capabilities to the cloud. His previous responsibilities included performing in the role of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems, where he was responsible for providing oversight of NOAA's satellite acquisition programs by evaluating cost, schedule and performance of its $1.3 billion/year Earth and space weather satellite portfolio.

He has represented NESDIS on a number of national and internal fora, including joint NOAA and NASA governance boards. He has also served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Polar Satellite System, an $18.9 billion program providing essential observations for the Nation's weather forecasting enterprise, and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Satellite and Product Operations where he was responsible for managing five Divisions comprising more than 300 civil servants and 250 contractors.

His responsibilities have included overseeing the command and control of more than 17 civil and defense weather satellites; development and dissemination of more than 300 weather and environmental products and services to national and international users; management of the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility, Suitland, Maryland; as well as two Command and Data Acquisition Stations (Wallops Island, Virginia, and Fairbanks Alaska); serving as the U.S. Representative to the Cospas-Sarsat Council – an international program for satellite-aided search and rescue; data collection systems; and the National Ice Center.


Kathryn Shontz

OSGS Deputy Director

Kathryn Shontz

Kathryn is the Deputy Director of the NOAA/NESDIS Office of Satellite Ground Systems which is responsible for enterprise migration to a common cloud environment, current production and archive systems, Radio Frequency and Interference Monitoring System, the product portfolio management.

Kathryn previously served the Office of the Under Secretary for NOAA to develop and demonstrate an enterprise cloud-based Data Lake, focusing on support to near-real time applications. In her recent role as Cloud Innovation PM, Kathryn delivered the NESDIS cloud infrastructure solution where she led an integrated development team of organizational experts. Kathryn leads product and service strategic initiatives, including development of organizational data product requirements and implementation of data-focused portfolio management processes for NESDIS.

Kathryn previously served as the Product Lead for the NESDIS and was responsible for executing an integrated portfolio of data product develop and transition to operations. In this role, she was responsible for development data management and prioritization as well as served as the user requirements liaison for low-earth orbiting satellites. She also served the JPSS Program as a scientist and system engineer responsible for implementation reviews which saved the government millions of dollars. Finally, she was the science algorithm and integration liaison between the science development teams and operational IT systems at NESDIS.