IS&T Award - 2013

IS&T LogoCongratulations to Daniel Mandl, recipient of GSFC's Thirteenth Annual Excellence in Information Science and Technology Award

This award is presented annually to the Goddard employee who best exhibits 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.


Daniel Mandl Daniel Mandl
Software Engineering Division
Code 581

The 2013 award was presented (**video not currently available**) to Daniel Mandl on May 22, 2013. Daniel Mandl began his career at Goddard in 1980 and over the next eighteen years led ground system component development efforts such as control center systems and subsystems for Dynamic Explorer (DE), Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE), Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS), Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX), Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer (FAST) and Wide Field Infra Red Explorer (WIRE). In 1998 he became the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) Ground System Manager (for Development) and late in 2001 transitioned to the EO-1 Mission Manager. After two successful years of operations, he spearheaded an effort to use EO-1 as an orbital testbed. During the next 11 years, various functionality was added to the EO-1 mission to conduct SensorWeb experiments which included onboard autonomy (Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment-JPL), onboard model-based diagnostic and recovery software (Livingstone - Ames), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) SensorWeb Enable (SWE) web service access and control of EO-1 sensors and a number of other experiments Further testbedding was conducted to examine the infusion of these and other capabilities for future missions using high speed onboard multicore processing and automated parallelization of single threaded programs to optimize data processing throughput in a low powered environment. These experiments were conducted and are ongoing under funding from four successive three-year NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) research grants on the topic of SensorWebs and two ESTO QRS grants for which Dan is/was the PI, an unsolicited grant from NASA Applied Sciences, various Internal Research and Development (IRAD) grants, partners with Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grants, and the HyspIRI and EO-1 projects. Dan established collaborative efforts with JPL, Ames, the Open Geospatial Consortium(OGC), Open Cloud Consortium (OCC), Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the National Hydrological Services in Namibia and other international organizations to provide real world test cases using SensorWeb for disaster management decision support. 


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