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Mary Ellen Kicza, an award-winning aerospace engineer and federal satellite program manager, this week became the new deputy assistant administrator of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, the agency announced. Kicza will help manage a wide range of operations, including oversight of NOAA’s current satellites, climate, oceanographic and geophysical data gathering, and planning for future NOAA satellite systems.

Kicza comes to NOAA from NASA, where she most recently served as the associate deputy administrator for systems integration. As a senior NASA official, Kicza was responsible for ensuring critical support elements were in place to execute NASA’s missions. Her senior-level accomplishments earned her two Meritorious Service Awards, NASA’s Distinguished Service and Scientific Achievement Medals.

“We are excited to have someone of Mary’s caliber because she brings a full spectrum of satellite experience – from research and strategic planning, to development and launch operations,” said Gregory W. Withee, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. “Her expertise will be invaluable to NOAA today and into the future.”

Kicza began her career as an engineer at McClellan Air Force Base in California, developing and testing software for the U.S. Air Force satellite communications systems. In 1982, she joined NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where she was a lead engineer for the Atlas Centaur and Shuttle Centaur launch vehicles. While at NASA, she also served as deputy director for the Solar System Exploration Division, assistant associate administrator for Space Science, associate center director for the Goddard Space Flight Center and associate administrator for Biological and Physical Research.

“I am pleased to be a part of this terrific NOAA team and look forward to supporting the NOAA mission,” Kicza said. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from California State University, and a master’s in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

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