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Key Management

Joe MillerGordon Ringold
Senior Director for
UCSC Silicon Valley Initiatives
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Gordon Ringold is the Senior Director for UCSC Silicon Valley Initiatives.  He oversees the conception, development, and implementation of UCSC’s programs and partnerships in Silicon Valley, including oversight the existing UARC, ASL, BIN-RDI, and innovative educational partnerships.  

Angela WrayAngela Wray
Managing Director
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As Managing Director, Angela Wray directs the overall operation of the UARC. She provides internal leadership and is responsible for providing project management for UARC projects. Ms. Wray is responsible for ensuring that the UARC achieves its management, scientific, technical, and educational goals.

Ms. Wray has an extensive background in Management for various NASA programs. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Science Project Manager for Stratospheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy (SOFIA). There, she ensured the successful development of the science capability for SOFIA and readiness to implement and operate SOFIA within cost and schedule commitments. Prior to that, she worked in Science Payload and Missions Operations, and with Lockheed Martin and GE.

Steven CampbellSteven Campbell
Director of Business Operations
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As Director of Business Operations, Steven Campbell ensures accomplishment of the UARC’s overall research mission in direct interface with UC and NASA counterparts as part of a collaborative research environment. He participates in short and long range planning, directs staff, and makes strategic decisions and recommendations to maximize the efficiency of business systems resources.

Mr. Campbell was previously the Assistant Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies, which he joined in 2002 as a 15-year transportation industry veteran with experience in aviation, consulting, public transit and transportation finance. Prior to joining ITS, he was a Vice President at Citibank, where he helped to develop new online financial products for the aviation/aerospace industry. He also worked as Chief Officer of Customer Service for NYC Transit, where he was heavily involved in the roll-out of their MetroCard Automated Fare Collection system.

Campbell has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. degree from Northwestern University. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1983 to 1985.

Dr. Burney Le BoeufDr. Burney Le Boeuf
Director, Aligned Research Program
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Dr. Burney Le Boeuf leads a team of Core Research Directors (CRDs) comprised of UC Scientists. This team of distinguished and knowledgeable faculty provides advice and planning assistance for the cross-cutting, multidisciplinary, and integrative research program critical for the success of the UARC. Dr. Le Boeuf is responsible for coordinating and guiding the activities of the CRDs, chairing them in meetings and establishing the process for soliciting, reviewing proposals and then recommending the allocation of funds from the UARC’s discretionary research program.

Burney Le Boeuf is a Research Professor who has been a faculty member in Biology and the Institute for Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz since 1968. Since 2000 he has been associated with the Office for Research, first as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, and since 2001, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Le Boeuf is well known for his research on the behavioral ecology and physiology of marine mammals. He has published over 157 peer reviewed articles and authored three books. He received his BA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Bassam MusaffarDr. Bassam Musaffar
Director of Aerospace Systems
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Dr. Bassam Musaffar is the Technical Area Manager for Aerospace Systems research. Dr. Musaffar manages a group of UCSC Scientist conducting research that has an emphasis on airspace automated operations and management system concepts. He is leading a team that is developing pioneering concepts and technological solutions in aerospace operations.

Dr. Musaffar has extensive experience in aeronautics applications development, human factors research development support, engineering, and in the management of multiple projects. Prior to joining UCSC Bassam Musaffar held positions in the private sector where his range of expertise ran from designing automatic control systems to financial engineering software for investment banking. He has published extensively and in 1993 received the best technical paper award at NASA Ames. Dr. Musaffar received a BSEE, MSEE, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Jeff MyersJeff Myers
Director of Earth Sciences
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Jeff Myers is the Technical Area Manager for Earth Science Research and Instrumentation.  He manages the Airborne Science and Technology Laboratory (ASTL) at Ames, which is engaged in the development and operation of prototype remote sensing systems for the NASA Earth Science Division.  This includes a staff of engineers and data analysts that collect imagery around the world in support of global climate process studies.   They also engage in disaster response activities, such as mapping wild fires and the impact of severe storms.  The ASTL is currently developing sensor systems for unmanned aerial vehicles, intended for environmental observations.

Mr. Myers has been supporting NASA airborne science at Ames since 1978, when he was the principle digital imagery analyst for the U-2/ER-2 aircraft program.  He became manager of the Airborne Sensor Facility in 1989, when it began developing the MODIS and ASTER airborne instruments, and continues to work closely with many of the leading Earth scientists in the Agency.

He received a B.A. degree in Geography from U.C. Berkeley in 1976, and has co-authored numerous papers on remote sensing systems and their applications.

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