NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center
Veach-Baley Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: +1 828.271.4900
Mr. Biard completed a Masters of Physics in 1985 from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied elementary particle physics. In the course of his graduate studies he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on an investigation of low-energy proton - anti-proton interactions.
After graduation, he worked at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, developing data acquisition and analysis software for ground penetrating radar, simulations of seismic wave propagation, models of solar wind energy deposition in the Earth's atmosphere, flight software for satellite instruments, and near-real-time ground processing and distribution of satellite telemetry. He then worked in Huntsville, Alabama starting in 1995 on various projects for Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), including a data acquisition, analysis, and control system for verification and validation of International Space Station (ISS) scientific experiment payloads.
In 2001, Mr. Biard began work with Intergraph Corporation, developing software for photogrammetry. He developed a package that allowed satellite images (such as those from CNES SPOT, DigitalGlobe QuickBird, and Landsat, among others) to be used in the ImageStation suite of applications. He also worked on stereoscopic viewing and automated feature extraction packages for the same application suite.
Since coming to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in 2010, he has been working to develop production software for generating Level 1A data products for the scientific instruments on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite that was launched in October of 2011.