Named First Employee of Month
John Hill, an electronics engineer at the
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations' Aircraft Operations
Center at MacDill Airforce Base
in Florida, is NOAA's first Employee
of the Month. With West Virginia roots, a way with
horses, and a quiet upbeat approach, John is a terrific
example of the best of NOAA.
Nominated for outstanding technical accomplishment despite
funding, time and personnel contraints, John has an
excellent track record of focusing energy and expertise
to make real contributions on multiple levels.
At the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, John has progressed
rapidly from being a new hire (1996) to trainer, team-builder
and lead engineer on NOAA's newest airborne meteorological
platform. As the systems engineer on NOAA's G-IV high
altitude jet aircraft, John spearheaded a complex effort
to replace almost the entire computer hardware of the
Meteorological Aircraft Data System.
midstream, and more than once, tight budgets forced
John to reconfigure both scope and approach. He not
only overcame the obstacles but developed a more rugged,
maintainable configuration, with even more assets than
originally contemplated. And he accomplished this in
time for last year's hurricane season, when the G-IV
played a vital role in providing data to National Hurricane
Center forecasters and computer models. This year his
work has already made a big difference, providing a
critical new evaluation tool for the G-IV's meteorologist
and flight crew to use in gauging flight safety.