The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Spring 2000 (Volume 1, Number 2)
On April 19, 2000, a press conference was held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís headquarters in Washington, D.C. to update the media on the Terra Spacecraft Program. The press conference, which was attended by several E&EM graduate students, focused on one of the main programs coordinated by E&EM doctoral student Mark Kowaleski.
The Terra spacecraft, the focus of the press conference, was launched into space on December 18, 1999 and, on February 24, 2000, began collecting what ultimately will become a new, 15-year global data set on which to base scientific investigations about our home planet.
Physically, the Terra spacecraft is roughly the size of a school bus. It carries a payload of five state-of-the-art sensors that will study the
the Earth's atmosphere, lands, oceans, life, and radiant energy.
Each sensor incorporates design features that will enable EOS
scientists to meet
a wide range of science objectives. Much more information about this
exciting earth science satellite program can be seen at the following web
Prior to assuming
his current position at NASA headquarters, Mark worked at the Goddard Space
Flight Center, where he started out as a project manager responsible for
managing individual communications systems and satellite networking projects
in support of operational spacecraft ground data systems. He then
worked as a System Engineer responsible for end-to-end ground data systems
and serving as a member of the Source Evaluation Board for the Rapid Spacecraft
Procurement. Mark also has served as the Operations Manager for the
EOS Ice, Clouds, & Land Elevation (ICESat) satellite project, where
he was responsible for all aspects of mission operations and ground systems
development for the ICESat project.
Mark received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Scranton and an M.S. degree in System Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include environmental and energy management, systems analysis, advanced satellite technology development management, and applications of remote sensing data using Geographic Information Systems.
Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor