US, 30 September 2014: Dr. Stephen Volz, a top official at NASA, has been appointed to lead NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS). Volz replaces Mary E. Kicza, who retired earlier this year as the NESDIS assistant administrator. He will assume this new role on 2 November.
As assistant administrator, Volz will lead NOAA’s programs to build and launch the next generation of environmental satellites: the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R), and other missions, including the Deep Space Climate Observatory, known as DSCOVR. He’ll also manage NOAA’s current spacecraft fleet and NESDIS’ climate, oceanographic and geophysical data operations. Data from these NESDIS assets are used throughout NOAA, across the federal family and around the world for operational weather forecasts and climate impact assessments.
Before joining NOAA, Volz was the associate director for Flight Programs in the earth science division, NASA science mission directorate. He planned and executed an annual flight program budget of more than $1 billion and directly managed a team of 12 senior managers and collaborated with many senior scientists, engineers, managers and government and industry executives within NASA and in the broader community.
In his current position at NASA, Volz manages all of the agency’s earth science flight missions and associated activities, including 17 satellites currently operating on orbit, 12 in formulation and development, and others in the early study and design stages.