FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Viets
Robert L. Mairs of NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service has been named chief information officer of NESDIS.
NESDIS operates the nation's civil and military environmental satellites and operates three data centers. The agency has offices in Silver Spring, Md., and facilities in Suitland, Md.; Wallops, Va.; Fairbanks, Alaska; Asheville, N.C.; and Boulder, Colo.
"It is exciting and challenging to be selected for this position," Mairs said. "I am really excited about the challenges ahead, and I am looking forward to working with NOAA and the Department of Commerce's team of IT professionals in making the most efficient and cost effective use of technology. NOAA has an incredible cadre of people who are dedicated and truly energized by the work that NOAA carries out. Technology is a key component in ensuring that what NOAA does meets the public's needs.
Mairs has served with NESDIS for the past two decades. He has held several technical and managerial positions in NOAA and was formerly the deputy director of the Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, where he managed one of NOAA's largest data processing facilities, ensuring that data users around the world would have access to NOAA's data and information. In addition, Mairs has led the development of several NOAA IT systems including the NOAA Satellite Active Archive; a system which allows users to search, browse, peruse, and order environmental satellite data in a timely manner from the Web.
Mairs holds a bachelor's degree from the
University of California, Santa
Barbara and a master's degree in engineering from the Catholic University of America,
Washington, D.C. He has also completed a graduate development
program in computer systems management from the University
of Maryland. He lives in Annapolis, Md., with his wife Diane.