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SWFO Program Team

Mary Kae Lockwood, Ph.D.

SWFO Program Manager, NOAA

Mary Kae Lockwood is the Program Manager for the SWFO Program. In this role, Lockwood oversees the formulation of the SWFO Program and development and acquisition of the major elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch accommodation, ground command and control, ground SWFO antenna network, product generation and distribution). Lockwood is with NOAA through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). 

Before joining NOAA, Lockwood was the Spacecraft System Engineer and Deputy Mission System Engineer for the Parker Solar Probe at JHU/APL. The project included significant technology development, a highly coupled spacecraft and complex test program to enable operation and survival in the harsh 475-sun environment. 

Before joining APL, Lockwood worked at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) leading the LaRC team for the JPL Mars Science Laboratory; Wright Lab, USAF on advanced missile nozzles; and Harrison Division of General Motors on advanced air conditioning compressors.

Lockwood received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Eugene Guerrero-Martin

Deputy SWFO Program Manager, NASA

Gene Martin is the Deputy SWFO Program Manager for the SWFO Program. In this role, he supports the Program Manager with oversight of the program and flight and ground projects ensuring effective programmatic and technical implementation of the development, launch and fielding of the SWFO mission systems. 

Prior to assuming the role of the Deputy PM, Martin was the initial SWFO-L1 Flight Project Manager, overseeing mission formulation, planning, and leading the procurement and acquisition of the flight spacecraft and the solar wind instrument suite.

Before joining SWFO, Martin worked within NASA, DoD and the commercial sector serving in several technical and engineering management positions including: Project Manager POES/MetOp, Instrument Systems Manager for the POES NOAA NPrime Mission; Mission Assurance Manager for the Missile Defense Agency; Instrument Manager for the GOES-R Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES); Structural Systems Manager for the Orbital Launch Service Project; Structural Engineer for the Titan/Centaur and Atlas/Centaur Missile Systems, and the MD-11 fuselage at the Space Systems and Convair Divisions of General Dynamics; Safety Compliance Engineer at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Designer/drafter at Martin Marietta. 

Martin holds B.S and M.S. of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Doug Biesecker, Ph.D.

SWFO Scientist, NOAA

Doug Biesecker is the SWFO Scientist for the SWFO Program. In this role, he is the link between the operational space weather user community and the SWFO program office for the SWFO operational products.  Biesecker has been a NOAA employee for over 18 years, but joined the SWFO program in this role in 2021.

Prior to joining NESDIS, Biesecker was with the National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center (NWS SWPC) where he had varied responsibilities.  He was the NOAA Project Scientist for DSCOVR, and was the SWPC lead for the ACE, STEREO, and SOHO missions.  For DSCOVR he led the team responsible for processing of raw telemetry all the way to making useful products for use by operational users and he managed the international Real-Time Solar Wind Network of ground stations that provide tracking for DSCOVR, ACE, and STEREO.

Before joining NOAA in 2002, Biesecker worked as a contractor for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) working on the SOHO Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) team and curating solar physics data available from the Solar Data Analysis Center.  Prior to joining NASA, Biesecker did post-doctoral work at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom utilizing SOHO LASCO data.

Biesecker received his B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.

Marco Vargas, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, NOAA

Marco Vargas is the Program Coordinator for the SWFO Program. In this role, he supports the Program Manager in the day-to-day operations of the SWFO Program. Vargas supports formulation activities and Program reviews, coordinates SWFO related activities with Program stakeholders, facilitates weekly management tagup meetings and coordinates the development of program-level briefings prepared for NOAA/NESDIS and NASA senior management and customers.

Before joining the NOAA NESDIS Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA) in 2017, Vargas was a Physical Scientist at the NOAA NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) for 11 years. He led the development of several land vegetation operational products from the VIIRS sensor for use by the National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NWS/NCEP). Vargas began his NOAA career in 2006.

Vargas received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from the City University of New York in New York City. 

James Morrissey

SWFO-L1 Project Manager, NASA

Ame Fox

Ground Segment Project Manager, NOAA

Charles Zakrzwski

Program Systems Engineer, NASA