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Conversations With Goddard

Discover Goddard’s exceptional people. "Conversations with Goddard" highlights the amazing things our people do here at Goddard. "Outside Goddard" celebrates the extraordinary things our people do away from Goddard. Both showcase our people and their personal and professional passions.

NASA Earth Observatory writer and social media manager Adam P. Voiland balances technical detail with readability.

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Gala Wind likes observing, as both an experimental scientist and as a horse whisperer.

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Climate scientist Charles K. Gatebe always pushes the limits and encourages others to be as curious.

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Atmospheric scientist Lauren M. Zamora will join about 70 Nobel Laureates and some 700 promising young researchers at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting from June 28, 2015, to July 3, 2015, in Lindau, Germany.

Read Lauren Zamora's interview

Innovator Matthew McGill is a hybrid - he can build instruments and do science.

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Scientist Pamela Conrad helps give Curiosity a daily to-do list to look for life’s building blocks on Mars. 

Read Part One of Pamela Conrad's interview

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NASA Goddard’s Martha Stewart, contamination control technician Lori L. Mooney ensure that cleanliness makes for successful launches.

Read Part One of Lori Mooney's interview

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After a long journey, Yaireska M. Collado-Vega achieved her dream of becoming a scientist at Goddard.

Read Part One of Yaireska Collado-Vega's interview

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After surviving the Chinese Cultural Revolution through resiliency and hope, Mian Chin achieved her goal of becoming an atmospheric scientist.

Read Part One of Mian Chin's interview

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Research space scientist Shawn Domagal-Goldman is part of a team looking for life beyond Earth.

Read Part One of Shawn Domagal-Goldman's interview

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Making lists of lists, Sue Fenn keeps the Road to Mission Success Workshop running smoothly.

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Outreach coordinator Winnie Humberson thinks of new ways to share science stories to the public.

Read Part One of Two about Winnie Humberson

Read Part Two of Two about Winnie Humberson

Planetary scientist Melissa Trainer travels virtually to Mars, Titan and other extreme solar system environments.

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When a volcano erupts or a big wildfire flares up, physical scientist Peter Colarco helps predict where the plumes will travel.

Read Part One of Two about Peter Colarco

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Growing up with “blowing snow days” in a town above the Polar Circle, physical scientist Alexander Marshak now studies blowing snow, clouds and aerosols through satellite images.

Read Part One of Two about Alexander Marshak

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Judith N. Bruner successfully blended a career at Goddard with a career in the Navy. She is Goddard’s director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, a retired Navy captain and a pioneer in Naval aviation.

Read Part One of Two about Judith N. Bruner

Read Part Two of Two about Judith N. Bruner

James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft Manager Richard J. Lynch  relies on teamwork to get the job done.

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Instrument Manager Betsy Forsbacka lives a complex life during the week, but the simple life on weekends.

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Belgium-born research scientist Gabrielle J. M. De Lannoy assimilates soil moisture data and gets to work with models.

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Thermal engineer Christine Cottingham thinks it’s cool to work on Goddard’s thermally hottest program.

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A descendant of the Sforza Court, patrons of Leonardo da Vinci, mechanical engineer Diamantino Sforza isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty at work or in his garden.

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Atmospheric physicist Ralph Kahn works with a brilliant climate change community, from the national to international level.

> Read Part One of the interview with Ralph Kahn

> Read Part Two of the interview with Ralph Kahn

A man of three continents, climate scientist William Lau sees Earth as one.

> Read Part One of the interview with Dr. William Lau

> Read Part Two of the interview with Dr. William Lau

From mechanical assemblies for spacecraft to architectural photographs, mechanical engineer Andrew Wohl looks for geometric beauty in unexpected places.

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From counting pieces of light to building a competition robot with students instrument systems engineer Megan Meehan finds beauty in numbers and patterns.

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Education specialist Janie Nall is passionate about opening doors for minority and underrepresented students.

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Anne Thompson describes her career as an adventure in various ozone layers, including meeting Paul Newman at the tropopause.

>  Read more about Anne Thompson (Part One)

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Public outreach specialist Colleen Quinn-House loves talking to the public, whether she is explaining fun facts about the Webb Telescope to the public or dressed as a clown, entertaining children at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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When faced with a complex problem, Aura project scientist and co-lead for the Chemistry Climate Model Anne Douglass instructs herself to think like a scientist.

> Read more about Anne Douglass (Part One)

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Each day, Ed Masuoka and his group produce and distribute a Library of Congress worth of science products and imagery collected by instruments on the Terra, Aqua and Aura satellites to users throughout the world.

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Aerospace Engineer Fernando Pellerano builds instruments for NASA during the day and creates robots with his son during his free time.

> Part One of Fernando's interview

> Part Two of Fernando's interview

Don’t complain to electrical engineer Bill Anselm about the weather, he just builds the weather satellites.

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Recently arrived physician Dr. Kimberly Beck wants to see you when you’re healthy and keep you that way.

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IT manager Sanjeev Sharma focuses on customer service.

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After almost 37 years at Goddard, computer scientist Nancy Palm has seen computers evolve from filling an entire room to fitting in the palm of one’s hand.

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James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Manager John F. Durning and his team are looking for the first lights after the big bang.

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Inspired by the Northern Lights as a young man, heliophysicist Craig Pollock has spent his career building instruments to study the charged gas, called plasma, that create the aurora.

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From engaging in combat engineering missions in the Middle East, to operating and maintaining Goddard’s large campus, Facilities Operations Specialist Eric M. Holmes—Mr. Snow Desk—gets the mission accomplished.

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Chief Scientist for Atmospheres, Paul Newman, is the most diplomatic scientist at Goddard. He is one of four co-chairs to the United Nations Science Panel for the Montreal Protocol. 

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From summer intern to napkin speech writer, Justin is making waves through the Goddard Community.

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Born and raised in South Vietnam, Phuc Nguyen came to Goddard as an intern and is now an electronics engineer whose work is soon going to Mars.

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Whether he is at work or at play, project manager Dave Mitchell is determined to give it his all.

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OSIRIS-REx project systems engineer Dave Everett thinks his job is fun because it is hard.

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Astrophysicist Bernie Rauscher explains what it takes to be a good scientist.

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Aerospace engineer Neerav Shah believes in collaboration because two smart people are smarter than one smart person.

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Earth science education specialist Brian Campbell motivates teachers and students to be excited about NASA Earth science.

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Mechanical engineer Daniel Alvarado’s newest travel companion will be the 7,000-pound GPM satellite, which he will escort from Maryland to Tanegashima, Japan.

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Astrophysicist Aki Roberge is looking for life in all the right places on other planets.

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Astronomer Stephen Rinehart readies for the launch of TESS which will aid in his search for exoplanets.

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During the week, computer engineer Sanetra Bailey writes programs for robotic satellites. On weekends, she coaches high school students on making LEGO robots for national competitions–and her team just came in first at Nationals.

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Product assurance engineer Kamili Jackson believes that giving back is paying back.

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As Special Assistant to the Flight Projects Directorate, Val Lunz uses momentum as motivation.

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James Webb Space Telescope Project Scientist Matt Greenhouse lives by the phrase “always put the mission first.”

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At Goddard, Elvia Ramirez-Vidal translated complex material into 140 character Spanish tweets for NASA's most powerful space telescope being built, the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Scott Ritz, the science team lead for NASA’s Global Change Master Directory, strives to be as organized as possible.

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In her next life, Information Technology (IT) Specialist Courtney Ritz wants to be an astronaut, but until then she’ll settle for annual visits to Space Camp.

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Managing spaceflight instruments is Todd King’s passport to the universe.

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At Goddard, Lixa Rodriguez-Ramón makes sure everyone is safe while they break through the boundaries of science and technology.

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Senior programmer analyst Gary Craig spends his time skimming over more than just lines of code.

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Rather than focus on the autism Nicholas Johnson has Goddard supports his passion for computers.

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Mechanical engineering and materials science student Paula McCarter makes the most of her hands-on summer experience.

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Puerto Rican-born accounting student Ana Valeria uses culture shock as an opportunity to learn and embraces her “money talk”-filled background.

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Optical engineer by day and cellist by night, Anthony Yee tunes his engineering skills so he can one day be a lead optical engineer.

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According to Stanley “Stosh” Comisiak, Employee Assistance Program consultant and counselor, the best way to reduce stress is to choose to view any given situation as relaxing. Also, get active physically, engage with people and make friends.
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J. Bryan Blair Mathematician-turned-instrument scientist James "Bryan" Blair takes an unconventional approach and is always looking for that next mountain to climb.

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Scott Luthcke Geophysicist Scott Luthcke finds weighing the ice sheets is sometimes easier than coaching his three daughters in field hockey.
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Photo of Maggie Masetti Web developer Maggie Masetti is all about the big bang theory, from working with our Dr. John Mather, who proved the theory, to visiting the set of the television show.
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Photo of Brian Christopher Thomas Numbers guy Brian Christopher Thomas puzzles out new ways to work the budget system rather than have the budget system work us.

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Erin McKinley at a Digital Learning Network event at Goddard. Teacher and NASA Television star Erin McKinley is an enthusiastic, eternal learner.

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John Hagopian and his son, Matthew, fishing. To optical physicist turned inventor John Hagopian, everything is a puzzle and the game is to make connections that are not obvious.

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Photo of Amber Straughn Arkansas farm girl-turned-astrophysicist never thought she would be in a rap video about the James Webb Space Telescope that was shown on the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show.

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Photo of Valerie Casanto Valerie Casasanto, the principal investigator for the Beautiful Earth program, bridges science, music and visual art to inspire and engage children about Earth.

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Photo of Andre Dress in front of the Space Shuttle Home-grown Aerospace Engineer Andre Dress loves leading successful launches, making custom “Black Hole” stout and designer soaps, and leading a church band catering to children.

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Photo of Paul Geithner From working on the James Webb Space Telescope to driving one of his rebuilt, historic Triumph Spitfires on “The Tail of the Dragon,” Deputy Project Manager Paul H. Geithner is always passionate.

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Photo of Eric Newman The epitome of calm, Procurement Manager Eric Newman enjoys going on walking safaris in South Africa.

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Photo of Rob Gutro Rob Gutro, deputy news chief, manager of breaking news and the NASA Hurricane and Fire websites, is Goddard’s “Master of Disaster.”

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Photo of Alison Ogden COOP Program Producer Alison Ogden drums out high-impact videos while performing on the snare with an all-girl, 50-member samba reggae band.

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Photo of Margaret Dominguez AST Optical Engineering COOP finds inspiration in Margaret Thatcher and her colleagues at Goddard.

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Photo of David Gong Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance. Life changed in one day for COOP David Gong Sarah when his mom ran into former Special Assistant for Diversity, Sharon Wong.

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Photo of Myron Bradshaw Supervisory Computer Engineer Myron Bradshaw spends his days untangling web applications for organizations.

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Photo of Janine Pollack Through Goddard’s mentoring program, environmental engineer Janine Pollack discovered her dream job.

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Photo of Michael Starobin Producer Michael Starobin uses projection spheres, hyperwalls, and other gizmos to showcase our science and engineering marvels.

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Photo of Ed Campion Goddard News Chief Ed Campion focuses on telling great stories in words and in photographs.

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Photo of Charlene Butler To IT Project Manager, Charlene T. Butler, living is all about continuously learning and encouraging middle school girls to learn through Goddard’s SISTER Program.

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Photo of Lisa Mazzuca From work to play, Dr. Lisa M. Mazzuca is beaconed on search and rescue.

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Photo of Todd Stevens Creative Services Branch Manager R. Todd Stevens is Goddard’s Man Behind the Curtain.

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Photo of Mary Collins Goddard allows IT Specialist Mary Collins to embrace her inner nerd.

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Photo of Lynn Carter Planetary Scientist Lynn M. Carter is curious about everything, from planets to modern art.

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Photo of Chopo Ma In mapping the sky, Geophysicist Chopo Ma has spent the last 40 years studying the basic philosophical problem of measuring distances between objects in the sky.

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Photo of Sandra Cauffman From industrial engineering to electrical engineering to physics, Deputy Project Manager Sandra A. Cauffman is a real maven.

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Photo of Jan McGarry In between winning medals at the National Senior Games in women’s volleyball, mathematician Jan McGarry leads development of the next generation of the satellite laser ranging system.

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Photo of Carlos A. Gomez Rosa Software Engineer Carlos A. Gomez-Rosa makes the most of his opportunities, from working on MAVEN to being a supernumerary for The Washington Opera.

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Photo of Kevin Fisher Kevin Fisher is tuned in to the Goes-R ground-based antenna system.

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Photo of Stephen Merkowitz Space Geodesy Project Manager Stephen M. Merkowitz helps the world understand where things are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going.

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Photo of Benjamin Slade From Ultimate Frisbee to the OHCM, Ben is soaring above to gain the ultimate COOP experience.

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Photo of Carey Noll Computer Scientist Carey Noll archives data from high-precision Global Positioning Systems that are used to pinpoint locations all over the world to within less than half an inch.

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Photo of Shavondalyn Givens Diversity Program Analyst Shavondalyn Givens enjoys engaging in thought-provoking conversations.

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Photo of Rivers Lamb Deputy Operations Director and Virginia Tech fan Rivers Lamb gets his hands dirty while contributing to knowledge, science, and to our planet.

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Photo of Steven Scott Goddard Chief Engineer Steven S. Scott makes sure that our projects meet their requirements and that they work.

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Photo of Sarah Daugherty As the Wallops Flight Facility Test Director, Sarah Daugherty makes the final decision for “launch/flight.”

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Photo of Jay O'Leary Graphic Designer Jay O’Leary grew up at Goddard and now teaches young people his work philosophy.

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Image of Linny Dyson From church mission trips to personnel actions, Administrative Officer Linny Dyson takes care of her people.

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Photo of Almond Custodio Named after a famous NASA astronaut, Almond Neil R. Custodio fulfills his destiny in workforce planning at NASA Goddard.

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Photo of John Decker Associate Director John Decker moves the production along, whether it is one of his flight projects or a play he is starring in.

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Photo of George Morrow By careful thinking and planning ahead, George Morrow’s career rocketed from a chemical engineering student to Director of Goddard’s Flight Projects who oversees the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Web Telescope among other projects.

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Photo of Ed Bohl Family comes first to Labor Relations Officer Ed Bohl, including both his personal family and his Goddard family.

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Photo of Michael Lewis Event Coordinator Mike Lewis keeps everyone on the same page, from scheduling events in our auditoriums to playing R&B music.

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Jennifer Young in the blanket lab Although many people think putting thermal blankets on spacecraft is as simple as wrapping a present, thermal blanket technician Jennifer Young views the process more like building a sculpture or a costume.

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Photo of Marilyn Coggins From competitive ice skating to outer space, Engineering Technician Marilyn Coggins can design and fabricate your attire.

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Photo of Katease Devaughn Video Conference Coordinator Katease DeVaughn arranges meetings with everyone from President Obama to Goddard’s Nobel Laureate.

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Photo of Robin Mahoney If you love the food and look of our newly renovated Building 21 cafeteria, thank GEWA Business Manager Robin L. Mahoney.

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Photo of Jessica Calloway Coffee talk is the best talk according to Barista Jessica Calloway, who will make whatever taste treat your taste buds desire.

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Gerald Through finding speakers, and being one himself, EEO Specialist Gerald "Tiki" Tiqui fire dances his way into sharing his Polynesian culture.

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Photo of Denna Lambert Disability Programs Manager Denna Lambert is a real people person. She helps others excel both at work and in the water.

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Photo of Ed Rogers Chief Knowledge Officer Ed Rogers makes learning a way of life.

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Photo of Dalila Brooks Creative Services Branch Manager Dalila Brooks may not always wear designer shoes, but she has walked in the shoes of the designers on her team.

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Image of where Tom Russell works Senior Field Engineer Tom Russell is a master coordinator, from orchestrating numerous launch missions from his console in the Network Integration Center to staging living history activities.

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Photo of Jimmy Barcus After almost 44 years on Center, “people person” Jimmy Barcus has worked behind the scenes providing project support ranging from assisting with all five Hubble servicing missions to overseeing the new, $50 million Flight Projects Directorate building.

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Chris Tinker on his Harley From fixing computers to adding chrome to his Harley, IT Field Technician Chris Tinker enjoys tinkering.

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Photo of Raul Garcia Raúl García is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of Curiosity's mission on Mars and to his parents who helped him realize his goals.

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Photo of Abigail Calzada After traveling, living for a time in the UK and the Netherlands, and learning English, Abigail Calzada was ready for her next challenge, spending her summer at Goddard doing mapping and planning for future scientific work on the moon.

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Photo of Nancy Maynard Senior Research Scientist Nancy Maynard spent a week with indigenous reindeer herders in the tundra of northern Norway studying climate change and its effects on reindeer spring migration.

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Photo of Andrew Tsoi Andrew Tsoi reflects on his experiences in both the aeronautics and space sides of NASA internships.

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Photo of James Magargee James Magargee thinks a Goddard internship is the perfect place for a career-driven graduate student.

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Caitlin in front of a Ling Dynamic Systems shaker table. Caitlin Gibbons has found her niche in Goddard’s community of engineers.

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Photo of Claire Dudek When not shaving seconds off her most recent breaststroke time, summer intern Claire Dudek is analyzing temperature and disease data from across the world.

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Photo of Joie Chang With an eye for design, Joie rescues old websites from the virtual attic.

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Photo of Rita Ainane Whether interning in Goddard’s Propulsion branch or competing in horseback riding events, Rita Ainane does everything with passion.

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Photo of Diane Cockrell Highly passionate about the internship programs at Goddard, Diane has been making a difference in students’ lives for over thirty years.

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Photo of Shari Brown With 30 years of experience, it’s the life changing moments when Sheri Brown is able to witness the positive impact she’s making on the Goddard campus.

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Photo of Mariah Krimchansky A future Electrical Engineering student at Princeton University, Mariah Krimchansky is enthusiastic about putting her high school physics classes to the test in Goddard’s Heliophysics lab.

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Photo of Darlene Squibb Inspired by a NASA movie about Earth’s changing environment, Darlene Squibb was moved to change careers to be part of the environmental team at Goddard.

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Photo of Stephanie Keene With an infectious smile and outgoing personality that helps support her office, Stephanie Keene has created an atmosphere and opportunity for her to grow.

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Photo of Robert Simmon in front of the Data Visualizer and Designer Robert Simmon never thought that he would become “Mr. Blue Marble.”

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Photo of Matthew Fox Supply Chain Manager Matthew Fox ensures that NASA suppliers do what we are paying them to do.

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Photo of Lauri K. Newman Lauri K. Newman grew up at Goddard watching her father work at the Delta control center. Now she protects NASA spacecraft from collisions with other on-orbit space objects.

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Photo of Maria So Maria So arrived at Goddard as a one-year exchange student from Hong Kong. Today she is the Deputy Director for the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate and a mentor for and member of the Senior Executive Service.

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Photo of Luis Gallo As a Reliability Engineer, Luis D. Gallo enjoys theoretical challenges. As the son of Cuban immigrants, he looks forward to the reality of someday visiting the rest of his family in Havana.

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Karen Catucci with Miho Hasegawa in the NASA Postdoctoral Program from Japan Retired telecommunications manager Karen Catucci found the perfect job working for NASA and helping others with everything from travel orders to office supplies.

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Photo of Joe Witte With his big, easy smile, Joe Witte puts a silver lining into everything he does, from weather forecasting to educating about climate change.

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Photo of Howard Branch Although supervisory aerospace engineer Howard Branch works with cryogenics, a pretty cool area, his warmth shows when he volunteers with his church’s mentoring program for young men.

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Photo of Richard Gudnitz Despite his humble beginnings, Recruitment and Outreach Program Manager Richard Gudnitz believes that ambition determines your future reality and encourages new recruits to believe the same.

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Photo of Carol Hamilton Project Safety Manager Carol J. Hamilton knows she has done her job right when nothing bad happens.

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Photo of David Richardson Facilities Management Planner David H. Richardson works hard today to create the future big picture of the Center.

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Photo of Vince Gigliotti in his office After working at Goddard for 49 years, and at the age of 84, Vince Gigliotti retired but immediately returned as an Emeritus because of his sense of duty to continue working.

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Photo of Bob Savage Systems Review Manager Bob Savage enjoys working with people, from performing project reviews to going on church mission trips to Honduras.

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Keith at KSC, next to the Space Shuttle Endeavour Orbiter. Whether it’s handling large procurement contracts for Code 600 or developing a calendar of his own photography work, Keith Long is up for any challenge.

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Photo of Jennifer Stern Belly dancing, trapeze-flying geochemist Dr. Jennifer Stern studies whether the surface chemistry of Mars could support life.

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Photo of Jean Manall Retired Air Force veteran Jean Manall coordinates Goddard shipments – both big and small.

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Photo of Amy Simon Miller Supervisory Space Scientist Amy Simon-Miller takes dedication to the next level.

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Photo of Matt Ritsko Financial Manager Matt Ritsko gets a thrill out of being part of a mission that allows him to give back to something greater than himself.

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Chris Smith demonstrating the glidecam Video Producer Chris Smith advises newcomers to prepare for the unexpected, from filming the Queen of England to working with Pixar on the movie “Wall*E.”

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Photo of Dean Chai in his office. Aerospace Engineer Dean Chai believes that everything has to align for good things to happen and that each individual is responsible for making things align.

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Image of Mark Branch Aerospace Engineer Mark Branch has found the equation to enjoying life. His science of happiness: Do what you love.

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Photo of Dan Krieger with his Wizards memorabilia Dr. Dan Krieger is a wizard at advising Goddard people by day and an NBA franchise by night.

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Photo of Jacque Lofton Working and laughing with her Freedom of Information Act teammates is therapy for Jacque Lofton’s soul.

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Photo of Marco Midon Marco “Mission Impossible” Midon was the one the Russians relied on to come up with a quick fix to their Soyuz radio frequency problem.

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Photo of Michelle Jones Whether planning events for 15,000 members of the public or 40 plus family members, Michelle R. Jones makes the impossible possible.

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Photo of Compton Tucker Climate scientist Compton Tucker leads a space archaeology team every July to conduct archaeological geophysical survey field work in Gordian, Turkey.

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Photo of Joan Belt Joan Belt is a people person who meets challenges, and her Goddard colleagues, with a smile.

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Photo of Param Nair Param Nair is a “cost and schedule” guy who advises everyone to “do the Sneakernet” and meet people.

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Photo of Sara DiMarco Life suddenly changed in one day for new employee Sarah DiMarco when her best friend Eileen Barnes told her about a job opening here.

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Andrew Casavant in his floral element From planning offices to gardens, Andrew Casavant always has an eye on green initiatives.

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Photo of Michael Hesse From researching space to predicting space weather, space physicist Michael Hesse loves solving big, scientific puzzles.

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Photo of Eileen Barnes Eileen Barnes pays attention to details, whether arranging for Dr. John Mather to receive the Nobel Prize or organizing a marathon trip for her and her best friends.

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Photo of Ray Rubilotta As “Snowflake 1,” Ray Rubilotta has the job of calling the Center Director by 4:45 a.m. on snow days to recommend the Center’s operating status.

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Photo of Anetra Tucker Anetra Tucker cruises through her work during the day and later on vacations to exotic ports.

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Photo of Roberto Aleman Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Observatory Manager Roberto M. Alemán eventually discovered that the person here whom he most admired was actually a very distant relative.

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John Gauthier hard at work at Goddard. John is a behind-the-scenes guy who has managed hundreds of construction projects, but what really puts a smile on his face is riding his Harley and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Grace Montalvo DeLeon meeting with a VIP at Goddard. Returning Office of Communications’ summer intern Grace S. Montalvo De León appreciates the importance of creative communications.

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Grace Batterden at Goddard Day A team player and energetic Orioles fan, Grace Batterden has found joy interning at the Office of Communications.

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Gilberto Guevara Intern Gilberto Guevara loves learning among one of the highest concentrations of PhDs in the world.

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Bernard Itaka at a NASA Poster Session. Financial intern Bernard Itaka Lebrón brainstorms to develop his "bag of skills."

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Jaime Toro Medina at a shuttle launch. Serial intern Jaime Toro Medina has learned the importance of balancing work and life.

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Christine Redmond in Utah with the Mars Society. Jazz drumming, living a Mars existence in Utah, and working for Habitat for Humanity are only a few of the things that make intern Christine Redmond a force to be reckoned with!

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Photo of Paul Dees Enriching the minds of kids and inspiring them to reach for goals that they may never have dreamt is what Paul hopes to do this summer while at the Visitor’s Center.

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Photo of Jamarr During the day custodian Jamaar “Blue” Blue works with a broom and dust pan, but on weekends he and his family switch to fishing rods on the bay.

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Photo of Deborah Boone Deborah Boone is caring by nature, whether for her Melwood team or her friends and family.

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Photo of Andrew Hoffmaster Andrew Hoffmaster's globetrotting work at Goddard has paved his way for his new job making prosthetic devices for those in need.

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Photo of Howard Kea in front of the Science on a Sphere at Goddard. Whether he’s fostering teamwork in various organizations at Goddard, sailing out of Annapolis or throwing kicks and punches at his non-profit karate studio, for Dr. Howard Kea it’s all about building community and increasing collaboration.

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The O'Connell Family watching American Idol. Contract Specialist and Diversity Dialogue Facilitator Jennifer O’Connell dreams of taking her family to explore their roots in Sicily, Italy.

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Photo of Oren Sheinman By day, Oren Sheinman engineers the hardware that will sniff the soil of another planet. At home, he loves Australian Shepherds and activities that take him out of doors to experience this planet.

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Rich Rogers stands in front of his prop plane Assistant Chief of the Aircraft Office for Wallops Flight Facility Rich Rogers has fun performing precision research flying including over the North Pole.

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Tara Perdue and family At work, Financial Analyst Tara Perdue loves ferreting out errors in financial spreadsheets until her organization’s work is flawless. Off the job, with her two children, she spends as much time out of doors as possible enjoying the country.

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Bob Freitas running his flight simulator. Information Technology Manager Bob Freitas maintains IT systems, from the Center Director’s laptops to his own flight simulator.

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Gail Skofronick Jackson pursuing her love of caving. Gail Skofronick Jackson loves to explore the Earth - from deep, underground caves to falling snow from clouds.

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Elizabeth M. Jarrell
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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