Stephen Volz, formerly associate director for flight programs within NASA‘s earth science division, has joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as assistant administrator of satellite and information service.
Volz will succeed Mary Kicza and be responsible for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series, Deep Space Climate Observatory and other programs, NOAA said Monday.
He will also oversee the agency’s spacecraft fleet and NESDIS’ climate, oceanographic and geophysical data operations.
“His NASA experience will be extremely valuable as we work with our partners to develop and bring these new satellites into service, improving the vital environmental intelligence we provide every day,” said Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator.
Volz most recently managed NASA’s earth science flight missions, satellite on-orbit operation and satellite design and development projects.
He previously served at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument manager, a systems engineer and a cryogenic systems engineer on missions and instruments.
Volz also worked as a project manager and principal engineer at Ball Aerospace before he joined NASA.
He is a member of the American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society.