Dr. Mauricio Peredo, key scientist in the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Science Planning and Operations Facility (SPOF), has assumed the leadership role for Hughes STX's group of space plasma physicists and related persons who acquire data and documentation for the NSSDC archives and data bases, etc. Mauricio has had a long interaction with NSSDC especially with its Satellite Situation Center, a key tool of the ISTP SPOF. Mauricio has his Ph.D. in space plasma physics from the University of Wisconsin.
Cathie Meetre, long associated with LEP's radio astronomy group, is head of the Hughes STX group responsible for evolving and managing NSSDC's computer, information, and data systems. Her background is a mix of space science and computer science, both of which are particularly valuable at the NSSDC. While at LEP she developed expertise in neural network technology and applied this to the WIND/WAVES experiment as part of on-board real time data processing. Cathie has an M.S. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
Mauricio and Cathie will retain some responsibilities in LEP and will in their new roles be supporting not only NSSDC but also the broader Space Science Data Operations Office, which hosts NSSDC. Originating from Mexico and England, respectively, Mauricio and Cathie provide further flavor to an already diverse NSSDC environment.