IS&T Award - 2008

IS&T LogoCongratulations to Dr. Gene Carl Feldman, recipient of GSFC's Eighth Annual Excellence in Information Science and Technology Award

This award is presented annually to the Goddard employee(s) who best exhibit(s) broad, significant contributions to Goddard programs or projects in the areas of information science and technology. The award recognizes career achievement or a specific act of exceptional merit that was completed in the previous year.


Dr. Gene Feldman, Gene Feldman
Co-leader, NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group
Code 610.2

The 2008 award was presented to Dr. Gene Feldman on May 22, 2008 and is receiving this year's Excellence in Information Science and Technology Award because of his achievements in the processing, archival, and distribution of satellite ocean biology and sea surface temperature products to the Earth science community over the past quarter century. Dr. Feldman came to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1985 to manage the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) data reprocessing system. This activity was a collaboration between scientists and GSFC and the University of Miami. The reprocessing required the retrieval and transcription of over 30,000 nine-track tapes from a storage facility onto optical disks, processing the data to geophysical products, and data distribution. This highly successful activity helped lay the foundations for the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). Gene served initially as the SeaWiFS data processing system manager and, since 2000, the project manager. He served as the data processing system manager for the Sensor Intercomparison and Merger for Biological and Interdisciplinary Oceanic Studies (SIMBIOS) project (1997-2003). The SeaWiFS Project received the William T. Pecora Award. In 2000, he assumed management of the SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS), a NASA provided software package for processing satellite ocean color and sea surface temperature imagery, which received the NASA Software of the Year Award in 2003. In addition to his oversight of the SeaWiFS and MODIS data processing and distribution activities, he is the Aquarius data system manager. Aquarius collaboration with the Argentine space agency where NASA is providing a passive radiometer/scatterometer for ocean salinity.

Gene grew up in New York City. He received a bachelors degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1974. After graduation, he entered the Peace Corps and worked for three years in Western Samoa on a fisheries and aquaculture development program. From 1977 to 1980, he worked for the NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service followed by a short stint in the New York Sea Grant Office. He then returned to SUNY/Stony Brook for graduate work in marine science where he applied CZCS data of the equatorial Pacific to evaluate the impact of the 1982-83 El NiÑo on marine ecosystems off the Galapagos Islands and South America. This work was supported under a NASA Graduate Researcher Associateship. After receiving his doctorate degree, he came to GSFC. Dr. Feldman has a number of interests including the guitar, kayaking, sailing, and photography. He has two daughters, Leah and Rachael. 

The Spring 2008 Series concluded on May 14, 2008.

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