Kerry Grant is the Chief Scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS). He has more than 28 years of experience in satellite remote sensing, beginning in 1986 by implementing the science algorithms for the Defense Meteorological Satellite System’s (DMSP’s) Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) on the operational systems at Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center (FNOC – now Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC)). He has worked on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and the subsequent JPSS since 2000 in a variety of capacities, including managing the development of the data processing segment, program Chief Engineer, and now Chief Scientist. As the data processing segment manager, Mr. Grant oversaw the development of an operational grade processing system that must generate environmental products with science accuracies on tight operational timelines, and ensure high delivery rates. That system is now operational, generating high quality environmental products for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF). As Chief Scientist, Mr. Grant remains responsible for all aspects of the production of operational environmental records.
Christie Pace is the founder and president of Nakio's Underdog Rescue. As a young puppy Nakio was left in an abandoned home in Nebraska during winter. He was malnourished, had mange and frozen into a puddle when he was found. Sever frost bite took all his toes, and part of his tail and nose. Christie stumbled upon his story and adopted him, ready to take on a special needs pet.
As Nakio got older and heavier his nubs had a harder time supporting him. She knew he needed help if he were to lead a quality lifestyle, and went down the route of prosthesis for all 4 of his legs. It made a dramatic difference in his lifestyle. Now he could run and chase the ball with the best of them! Nakio inspired Christie to create Nakio's Underdog Rescue and help dogs and cats with disabilities.
Shawn Cochran is a Mission Data Specialist currently contracted to NASA. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology and communications industries, most recently as a Systems Engineer contracted to the Missile Defense Agency. He is an innovator and published researcher in his field.