John Curran retired this month following a 40-year career that included 24 years as the meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis. "Mr. Curran has played an essential role in the agency's integration of computer technology and development of the sophisticated equipment that has revolutionized the way the United States performs the vital function of monitoring and predicting our nation's weather," Sen. Richard Lugar ( R-Ind.) said in comments included the Congressional Record. Curran's career began in 1961 as a trainee at the Weather Bureau Airport Station in Omaha, Neb. He later served as severe local storms analyst and computer programmer.
Danielle Germain has been named director of technology programs at the Council for Excellence in Government.
She will draw on the business, government, nonprofit and research leaders that make up the council's Technology Consortium to provide technical expertise and leadership advice for senior officials across all levels of government as they work to implement electronic government.
Germain most recently was the senior program manager for the Enterprise Solutions Division of the Information Technology Association of America, and she spearheaded ITAA's e-government programs at the federal, state and local levels.
Martha Johnson is the new vice president for leadership and performance at the Council for Excellence in Government.
Johnson, a former General Services Administration official with a background in operations in the public and private sectors, will direct the council's leadership initiatives, which include the Excellence in Government Fellows, the Senior Fellows and the e-Government Fellows programs. She also will lead the council's public service initiatives.
Before her appointment at the council, Johnson served in the Clinton administration as a search manager in the Office of Presidential Personnel and then as assistant deputy secretary at the Commerce Department.
From 1996 to 2001, she served as chief of staff at GSA, where she supported administrator David Barram's strategic reinvention of the agency from a mandatory supplier of goods and services to a competitive, open-market "supplier of choice" for federal workers.
Homer Neal, professor of high energy physics at the University of Michigan, will be the chairman of the National Computational Science Alliance's External Advisory Council, as the alliance heads into a new phase in its efforts to create a computational and information infrastructure to advance scientific discovery.
The External Advisory Council is composed of national leaders in science, public policy, telecommunications and computer science and advises the alliance on strategies related to government, science, industry and education.
Neal replaces Philip Smith, a partner in the science policy consulting firm McGeary and Smith as EAC chairman. Smith, who has been chairman since the alliance began, will continue as an EAC member through 2002.
Retired Lt. Gen. James Williams, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Michael Ohanian, former president of Intermec Technologies Corp., have joined the Mikoh Corp. board of advisers, the company announced last week.
Mikoh's business is focused on its Smart&Secure solution, which uses a radio frequency identification label to ensure the integrity of data.
Williams is founder and chairman of Direct Information Access Corp., which specializes in vulnerability and risk assessment.
Ohanian has more than 40 years of experience in the high-technology electronics and security industries and was noted as a leader in the radio frequency identification industry.