Pamela Rinsland (NASA)
Title: Information Systems Security Officer
Group: Atmospheric Science Data Center
Study Topics: Air Quality
Ms. Rinsland has over 30 years of experience in the development of software and instrumentation for aerospace applications and is a Center expert/consultant in embedded and real time software development for flight and critical ground support equipment. She wrote codes for structural analysis of aircraft (FEM), navigation systems for general aviation aircraft, radiative transfer and spectroscopic analysis, 4-D regional chemical transport simulations and visualizations for earth science applications, and laser control and optical positioning subsystems for active sensors. These applications ran on computers that ranged from the Intel 4004 to the Cray YMP. She served as Assistant Head, Electronic Systems Branch, from 1990 until 1996 directing development of advanced electronic and computer systems for aerospace programs (LASE, LITE, HALOE). She has served in broader management roles as Head of the Sensor Systems Branch, Flight Software Systems Branch, and Technical Assistant in the Aerospace Mechanical Systems Division where she developed full cost numbers and engineering rates, participated in planning for Blended Wing Body model development and person-rating of the Center’s motion-base simulators. She instituted a 7120.5-style review process for software based on IEEE12207 and guides from the GSFC Software Engineering Laboratory. As Acting Deputy for Flight Systems in the Systems Engineering Competency in 2001, she was responsible for the deployment of 203 engineers and technicians in support of Center mission areas and key flight projects (CALIPSO, GIFTS, SAGE III on Meteor-3M, and CERES). She was the ANGe Project Manager while on detail to the ASDC. The project went operational in September 2008 on schedule. She stayed on in SD as the Liaison for Customer Services and was the Cost Volume Lead for several very highly-rated EV-I proposals. Most recently she became the ISSO for the ASDC/SD and is working to improve the overall security posture through a better architecture and automated processes.
- Federal Women’s Program Supervisor of the Year, 1996
- NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1995
- NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, 2009
- Member of AIAA Software Systems Technical Committee, 1991-1993
- Center Representative to NASA Software of the Year Award Panel, 1998 – 2000
- Member of NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, 1999 – 2006
- B.S Mathematics College of William and Mary
- M.S. Computer Science George Washington University
Music, walking, gardening, crossword puzzles, jumble, binging on Law & Order
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