Lisa Shears is the Observatory Manager for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP), and has been involved with various aspects of NPP since it was in a competitive phase in 2000.
Shears has worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions. She began her career in the Spacelab Data Processing Facility and then became the Flight Software Manager for the Terra Project (Earth Observing System (EOS-AM)). She also served as the Associate Branch Head for the Flight Software Branch. For a time she held two positions; one, as the NPP Flight Software Manager; and, the other, as the Integrated Science Instrument Module Flight Software Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
When Shears has free time, she enjoys spending it with her family and friends, frequently traveling to North Carolina to enjoy beach and riverfront activities. She also is a veteran team player in the GSFC Volleyball league.
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