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NASA POES Project Manager
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Karen Halterman
NASA POES Project Manager
Goddard Space Flight Center

Karen Halterman has been the Project Manager of the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD since 2001. As Project Manager, she has total technical and programmatic responsibility for the development of the NOAA series of spacecraft and instruments as well as instruments for the European Meteorological Operational (Metop) program. Ms Halterman was the Deputy POES Project Manager from 2000 to 2001 and the POES Observatory Manager from 1999 to 2000. Ms. Halterman had data systems responsibilities on the POES Project between 1994 and 1998 when she led a major instrument accommodation study, a POES flight data system modernization study, the development of solid state recorders for POES, and the initial formulation study of the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder instrument. During 1992 and 1993, Ms Halterman worked on the formulation study for the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere, Energetics and Dynamics mission. Ms Halterman joined NASA in 1989 to work on the Flight Telerobotic Servicer Project where she directed the software and controls part of the project until it ended in 1991.

From 1976 through 1988, Ms Halterman was a support contractor assigned to GSFC missions. She managed an engineering support service contract, developed flight software for Explorer Platform and the International Ultraviolet Explorer, developed high speed image processing software for the Landsat-4 Thematic Mapper, evaluated command and data handling interfaces of Shuttle Spacelab payloads, and developed integration and test software for the Solar Maximum Mission.

Ms Halterman has received the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, and numerous group achievement and performance awards. Ms. Halterman has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.