Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 12:45 PM
Subject: Center Director Announces Organizational Changes
As part of the Agencys restructuring of the James Webb Space Telescope Program, there are a handful of changes we are making here at GSFC. Among the changes being implemented, the JWST project office here at Goddard has been reorganized to report directly to me.
The James Webb Telescope is an extraordinarily ambitious and complex mission, and the JWST team has made amazing technical progress. The design is robust and the cutting-edge technologies required for this first of its kind endeavor have mature and are understood.
For the past 8 years, the JWST team has been led by Phil Sabelhaus, and in my view, no one could have been more effective leading this government, industry, and international team, especially in light of the enormous challenges and constraints.
That said, there are times in the life-cycle of a project when change is beneficial, not only to the undertaking but also to the individuals involved. On JWST, that time is now.
Effective today, I have named Bill Ochs to be the JWST Project Manager, and Phil will replace Bill as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission Project Manager.
Bill brings a wealth of experience to the JWST project, and Phil has a long and good history with earth science and specifically the Landsat program.
Both are experienced project leaders, and I believe this move will help the JWST and LDCM projects continue to make steady progress toward launch, and give them the stability and oversight needed to be successful. We are extremely fortunate to have accomplished management talent to lead these two vital NASA programs.
Time and again, when called upon take on bold and ambitious technical challenges, Goddard has stepped up to the task and been successful. The fact is, we thrive on challenges like these. This is one of those opportunities, and I know I can count on each and every employee at Goddard to give their best to make us successful and produce outstanding missions that benefit the nation.