[CMC] Formal Request for Candidates - CESG Chair

Blackwood, Michael D MBlackwood at asrcfederal.com
Thu Oct 8 16:25:24 UTC 2020

Dear CMC Members,

As was announced at the recent CMC Midterm meeting, Margherita di Giulio will be stepping down from her position as CESG Chair after the fall 2020 CCSDS Meetings. There is now a need for a new CESG Chair. This email is a formal invitation for CMC members to nominate candidates for this position. Per CCSDS A02.1-Y-4, Organization and Processes for the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, Section, general qualifications of the CESG Chair are:

"Nominations for CESG positions are made by the principal delegates from each of the agencies. Appointees as Chair/Deputy Chair or AD/DAD must be from different (sponsoring) agencies. Appointees may come from any organization (including industry) and do not have to be employees of space agencies. All CESG appointees must have a sponsor who will commit to support their salary and travel to CESG and Area coordination meetings.

A candidate for selection as CESG chair, Area Director, or their deputies must have demonstrated the ability to function independently of his/her own agency's agenda and to be able to fairly lead the development of international consensus.

A candidate for selection as CESG chair (or deputy chair) must be an internationally recognized technical expert with broad expertise in the standardization aspects of space missions and their supporting infrastructure, plus extensive prior experience working within the CESG (such as having served as an Area Director or WG chair or having served as deputy CESG chair prior to succeeding to chair)."

A formal statement about the role of the DAD, extracted from the Organization and Processes manual is listed below. It may be helpful to review this in considering candidates for this role.

Please submit you nominations for this position to the Secretariat by 20 November 2020. A brief summary of the candidates qualifications would be much appreciated.

Best regards,

Michael Blackwood
CCSDS Secretariat
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CCSDS A02.1-Y-4, Organization and Processes for the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, April 2014 CESG Chair Responsibilities
The CESG chair is specifically responsible for the following:
a) being a member of the CMC as the single representative of the entire CCSDS technical organization;
b) setting the date, location, and agenda for each CESG meeting and communicating this information to the Area Directors so that they may schedule the completion of their work prior to this time;
c) chairing the CESG meetings, ensuring that every Area presents its work in a satisfactory manner, and ensuring that CESG decisions are made in a consensus setting;
d) ensuring that all CCSDS work follows the agreed set of architectural principles and is properly synchronized with the smooth evolution of the large installed base of CCSDS-compatible mission support infrastructure;
e) working with the ADs to prepare detailed reports of overall status, progress, and problems for presentation at CMC meetings. As necessary, the CESG chair may request specific ADs to attend CMC meetings to discuss difficult issues;
f) maintaining the master-tracking list of all CCSDS specifications as they progress through the document tracks, and making recommendations to the CMC for the approval and progression of documents as they approach key decision gates;
g) verifying that formal review procedures have been properly followed prior to recommending the advancement of a document;
h) making sure that technical cross-pollination occurs among the various Areas and WGs, which will be accomplished by encouraging ADs to hold Area meetings and by seeking opportunities to hold occasional CCSDS plenary meetings that are attended by all participants (such opportunities may be arranged in conjunction with major conferences); and
i) seeking opportunities to advertise and promulgate the work of CCSDS by alerting ADs to opportunities to publish results or participate in relevant conferences.


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