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     Date Submitted:16-01-2011
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     Current job:Software & Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     KeywordsI have over 10 years' experience in operational support of payload data ground segment activities as well as technical involvement in GMES projects.
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    Personal Profile

     I am currently employed as a Software & Systems Engineer by Infoterra Limited, for whom I have worked for over 10 years.  I have strong interpersonal skills and am a committed and enthusiastic team player with team-leading experience.  I have varied technical experience and am keen to meet new and exciting challenges.

    Technical Skills

    During my IT career, I have gained exposure to a variety of technical skills, including system testing and Object-Oriented (OO) development using Java and C++.  I have good UNIX skills and have written a number of csh, ksh and bash shell scripts.  I also have experience writing AWK scripts and using PostgreSQL, MySQL and Oracle RDBMS.

     

    Infoterra Project Experience

    Project: UK-MM-PAF Operations

    (2000 - Present)

    I have supported the daily operational activities of the UK Multi-Mission Processing and Archiving Facility (UK-MM-PAF).  The UK-MM-PAF processes satellite data from the ENVISAT and ERS-1 and ERS-2 environmental satellites for the European Space Agency (ESA).  In 2006/07 the facility evolved to become a Multi-Mission Facility Infrastructure (MMFI).  Both historic ENVISAT and ERS-1/2 satellite data had to be been transcribed into the new Archive Management System (AMS), which is based around a StorageTek Powderhorn Silo.  I supported the transfer of operations to the new MMFI as well as the satellite-data transcription activities.

    My responsibilities include applying software upgrades, troubleshooting system and software problems, and the diagnosis, reporting and recovery of failed data productions.  To this end I have developed a number of UNIX shell and AWK scripts to facilitate the smooth running of the UK-MM-PAF facility.

    Project: EO Hub PDGS

    (2010 - Present)

    The Earth Observation (EO) Hub Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) is part of a high-profile project intended to demonstrate a UK-capability in Earth Observation.  The EO Hub is a key component of the new International Space and Innovation Centre (ISIC) based at Harwell.  The Flight Operations Segment (FOS) is located at Harwell and is linked to the PDGS in Farnborough.  I am tasked with developing the test strategy and test procedures to validate the archiving, processing and dissemination capabilities of the EO Hub PDGS.  This multi-mission flight operations and payload data processing infrastructure could potentially underpin a future UK space mission.

    Projects: GENESI-DR and G-MOSAIC (EC)

    (2008 – Present)

    I have supported Infoterra’s contribution to two EC-funded GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) projects, GENESI-DR (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations – Digital Repositories) and G-MOSAIC (GMES services for Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for regional Crises).

    I contributed to the Joint Research Activity (JRA) for the GENESI-DR project.  The aim of GENESI-DR is to establish open Earth Science Digital Repository access for European and worldwide scientific users to seamlessly access and share data, information, products and knowledge originating from space, airborne and in-situ sensors.

    I was involved in identifying the software tools that can be used to support many of the activities involved in data curation.  I worked on the requirements capture and then testing of a submission tool developed for GENESI-DR, which allows users to upload data and metadata for existing data sets to a digital repository, and define and populate metadata for new data sets, according to the GENESI-DR metadata model.

    For the G-MOSAIC project, I have been involved in integrating the Web Map Service (WMS) that runs on the G-MOSAIC Service Platforms.  This is based on the Open Source MapServer platform that allows spatial maps to be dynamically displayed via a web browser or suitable client.

    Project: PHAVEOS (ESA)

    (2009 – Present)

    The PHenology And Vegetation Earth Observation Service (PHAVEOS) has been developed as follow-on to the HiProGen Operational Level 3 service.  The aim of PHAVEOS is to provide an Earth Observation (EO)-based seasonal monitoring service for various customers including the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

    I have supported the prototyping of the different processing chains for the PHAVEOS service, including writing a few bash scripts.  The service has subsequently been deployed on ESA’s Grid Processing on Demand (G-POD) platform.

    As part of this project, vegetation maps of the UK were produced for the spring seasons of 2009 and 2010 (http://www.esa.int/esaEO/SEMF4QIK97G_index_0.html).

    Project: HiProGen Operational Level 3 Service (ESA)

    (2005 – Present)

    The HiProGen (High level Product Generation) Level 3 production service was further enhanced through additional funding from ESA.  I wrote ksh scripts to facilitate the transfer of near real-time MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Level 2 (MER_RR__2P) data acquired at the UK-PAC via the Data Dissemination System (DDS) receiver to the HiProGen workstation.  A new Level 3 product, MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI), which estimates the chlorophyll content over land, has been generated using the MER_RR__2P data.  The system has been run in an operational mode since October 2005 and I have been largely responsible for maintaining the operations to date.

    The HiProGen Level 3 production service currently generates regional and global composites based on the chlorophyll concentration for Case 1 waters (CHL1) and the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) using Near Real Time (NRT) MER_RR__2P data.  The regional products are for Europe, Australia, Canada, USA/Mexico and northern and southern Africa.  The Level 3 products are generated for dekad (10-day) and monthly temporal periods.

    All the generated products including browse images are uploaded to the HiProGen FTP server (ftp://l3-server.infoterra.co.uk/).

     

    EDS Project Experience

    Role: Infrastructure Integration

    (2000)

    I worked as part of the Infrastructure Integration team on the OCEANICS FDPS2 project, concerning a proposed upgrade to an air-traffic control system for the North Atlantic.  I developed test cases and test procedures for the second phase of the development, which involved studying the design documents and liaising with the development and safety teams in order to produce suitable test cases.

     

    IBM Project Experience

    Role: Y2K Analysis and Testing

    (1998 – 1999)

    The project involved the scanning, analysis and testing of several MCI WorldCom applications, mainly billing applications, with the aim of certifying their Y2K readiness.  I was responsible for leading the test team who conducted the Y2K tests on the Customer Services & Billing (CSB) systems and for maintaining the documentation detailing the results of the Y2K testing.  I also liaised with the customer to obtain necessary information relating to the CSB systems and to relay the results of our Y2K testing and any errors or problems that emerged.

    Role: Development & Testing of GUI for Sybase RDBMS

    (1997 – 1998)

    I was involved in a project to create a Windows graphical user interface for a security database.  The GUI was implemented using Delphi client/server on a network of PCs connected to a central SYBASE SQL server.  My main responsibilities involved both development of the GUI using Delphi and testing the new software using Cyrano (suite of automated testing tools).

     

    Career Summary

    Software & Systems Engineer – Infoterra Limited (Oct 2000 – Present)

    Information Associate – Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Limited (Jan – Oct 2000).

    IT Specialist – IBM Global Services (Nov 1996 – Dec 1999)

    English Language and History Teacher at the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, PR China (1994 – 1995) 

     

    Education

    DPhil in Biophysics, University of York (1989 – 1994)

    BA in Physics, University of Oxford (1986 – 1989)


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