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Timothy Walsh

Director, Joint Polar Satellite System
Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program Office
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Timothy Walsh is program director of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). Tim has more than 26 years of experience in supporting NOAA satellite programs. He has extensive experience leading teams large and small, and he served as the JPSS NOAA deputy program director from 2018 to 2021. 

Tim joined the Senior Executive Service as deputy director of NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) in January 2021. Prior to his time at OSPO, Tim supported the JPSS program as deputy director, where he supported preparations for the upcoming JPSS-2 mission.  Tim also served in a number of roles in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)-R Series program, including acting program director for the GOES-17 launch campaign in March 2018 and as the deputy project manager for the GOES-R Flight Project. In the flight project, Tim supported the development, integration and test, and launch and checkout of the GOES-R instrument payloads and spacecraft. 

Upon first joining NOAA, Tim worked in the NOAA Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) as engineering branch chief, supporting operations for the GOES and Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) constellations and helping transfer operations of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) constellation from the U.S. Air Force to NOAA. Later, Tim became manager of the SOCC, where he led NOAA flight operations for the GOES, POES and DMSP satellites. 

Before joining NOAA in 1996, Tim 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. He also supported the development of multiple projects for air traffic and fire-control radar systems, electronic warfare and strategic communications systems.

Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has received Department of Commerce/NOAA Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his support of NOAA satellite programs.