As NOAA celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2020, there is renewed interest in expanding Oral Histories as a key component of the agency’s overall Heritage Program. Through Oral Histories, we will capture the theme: Celebrating the People Behind NOAA - 50 Years of Science, Service and Stewardship.
Since 1980, Tom Wrublewski has been a physical scientist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). In this post, he initially monitored the operation of instruments onboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) to assure they were properly calibrated and functioning adequately. In January 2020, he retired from the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
At Goddard, he worked on the instruments for the GOES-G&H satellites, the refurbishment and launch of NOAA-D, the incorporation of US Air Force Space Test Program instruments on NOAA-I&J; and the acquisition of the POES NOAA-HIJ; K L M; and N and N Prime satellites, instruments, and launch services. He worked on the GOES Solar X-Ray Imager acquisition followed by the GOES-NOP spacecraft acquisitions. Since 2002, Wrublewski offered his technical and educational expertise to the GOES/POES education and public outreach efforts by working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Space Place and Scijinks.gov, a weather-related Web site geared towards middle school students and teachers. He prepared educational posters, and newspaper and educator journal articles about GOES/POES-related science and technology. In April 2007, his responsibilities were expanded to include the NESDIS acting acquisition management lead for the NOAA-N Prime satellite and the MetOp-B&C NOAA provided instruments. Following the successful launches of GOES-NOP and NOAA-N Prime during the 2006-2010 era, Tom transitioned to helping with the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) project formulation and specifications for its launch services with the USAF.
In 2011 Tom joined the NOAA JPSS Technical Division where he assisted with getting the JPSS-1 satellite and its five government furnished instruments on contract. In 2014 and 2015 Tom worked on gathering requirements and studies for the JPSS-2 satellite and served on the Source Evaluation Board for proposal evaluations. This is a firm fixed-price order for the purchase of the JPSS-2 spacecraft with options to purchase the JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 spacecraft.
In his spare time, Wrublewski enjoys gardening, with over a thousand various daffodils and narcissus blooming in the springtime at his residence and tending to hundreds of daylilies during the summer and fall.
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