NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). In addition to this ESRL-oriented work, Eis has helped directed the research requirements for the CSU Center for Geosciences Atmospheric Research (CG/AR) Phase II-IV. Eis is also the director of the CLOUDSAT Data Processing Center (DPC). The DPC is responsible for the ingest of all CloudSat data and the production of science products and their distribution to the science community. Prior to his current job and retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Eis was commander of the Environmental Technical Applications Center (USAFETAC) now called the Air Force Combat Climatology Center (AFCCC). As USAFETAC/CC he was responsible for all Air Force climate support and data holdings. Next he was Director of Environmental Sciences at HQ Air Weather Service, and Chief Staff Meteorologist for the Air Force Systems Command. In these jobs he developed aerospace requirements in support of the Air Weather Service future systems as well as heading the analysis and mitigation efforts of Air Force advanced weapons systems environmental limitations. He also managed weather related launch support requirements at Vandenberg and Patrick AFBs.


Sara J. Graves is the director of the Information Technology and Systems Center and University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also the Director of the Information Technology Research Center at the National Space Science and Technology Center. Graves is on the National Academies U.S. National Committee on CODATA and the National Biological Information Infrastructure Science Committee. She has served as a member of the NASA Headquarters Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee (ESSAAC) and Chair of the ESSAAC Subcommittee on Information Systems and Services (ESISS). Graves directs research and development in large-scale distributed information systems, data mining and knowledge discovery, high performance computing and networking, grid technologies and services, geospatial data analysis and visualization and bioinformatics. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1984.


Ernest G. Hildner was the Director of NOAA’s Space Environment Center (SEC), the nation’s official source of information about space weather storms, from 1986 until 2005. Under his direction, SEC conducted research and consulted on space weather instrument development for NOAA, NASA, and the Air Force. Hildner is a solar physicist who has worked for the High Altitude Observatory, NCAR, and for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as Chief of its Solar Physics Branch. He was an experiment scientist for both the Skylab and the Solar Maximum Missions during the 70’s. Hildner has published dozens of papers in coronal and interplanetary physics and co-holds a patent for a variable-magnification x-ray telescope. In addition to his administrative responsibilities with NOAA, including being NOAA’s Program Manager for Space Weather, Hildner was a Co-chair of the Committee on Space Weather for the National Space Weather Program, a member of the advisory committees for the NOAO National Solar Observatory and NCAR High Altitude Observatory, and served on review panels for NASA and DoD projects. In December 2003 he received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for advancing the nation’s space weather services through the conception, funding, and development of the first-operational Solar X-ray Imager (SXI). He has twice received the Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service managers.



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