Volume 14, Number 3, September 1998
By Joseph King
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has recently reorganized. A key part of this reorganization was the creation of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD), in which are most of Goddard's working engineers newly grouped. Part of the rationale for the creation of this group is to bring together groups of experts to work within AETD on efforts supporting the activities of the science and other groups at Goddard and also to provide a pool of experts who could be individually collocated with various Goddard groups in pursuit of their missions. NSSDC has been fortunate in having two excellent people assigned to it from AETD: George Fleming and David Han.
George has a long Goddard history, largely with the Information Processing Division, where he has been responsible for such activities and facilities as the now-closed Information Processing Division (IPD) photo lab where for many years now after the closing of its own photo lab, NSSDC has its photo processing work done; the Tape Staging and Storage Facility where NSSDC has housed many of its data tapes and some film products; and spacecraft data processing for missions such as IMP 8. George will play a key role in the management and evolution of NSSDC's physical archive and in the conversion of the right subset of NSSDC's film archive to digital form. He began his Goddard career in 1966 immediately after receiving a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University.
David Han joined Goddard in 1991 and has most recently supported the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project in various system engineering aspects of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), Version 0 Information Management System (IMS), and the EOSDIS Core System (ECS). At NSSDC he will be the key person guiding the evolution of the Common Data Format (CDF) and associated software and documentation. He will support a new community-wide effort to review a number of CDF-like formats used in the space science endeavor in hopes of defining a CDF evolution path that will be optimally coordinated with the evolution paths of like formats to deliver the most cost-effective benefit to the overlapping communities of these formats users. David has an M.S. in computer science from George Washington University.