Mr. Patrick Taylor serves as the engineering steering committee’s liaison to the leadership team, where he facilitates communication on behalf of the engineering staff. This committee identifies issues of strategic importance for the engineering work conducted at the institute and provides input about engineering procedures, processes, and practices.
Mr. Taylor currently serves as an enterprise architect, where he helps to align the institute’s use of technology with the organization’s missions, strategy, and processes. This role ensures that all solutions are well documented and architected, appropriate for use in a secure environment, and are compliant and sustainable. He also coordinates with the chief engineers to create integrated technology toolchain and drive consistency and simpler architectures.
He has supported the institute in a variety of roles, most recently as an information technology (IT) branch manager. In this role, he led an IT branch that coordinated Hubble and James Webb space telescope scheduling, data processing, and flight operations systems. He also served as a liaison to the Hubble mission office and the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission office to prioritize requests, prepare budgets, and procure hardware.
Before re-joining the institute, he held a position as a senior UNIX engineer at Arbitron in Columbia, Maryland, and a variety of roles, including a lead production UNIX administrator, in support of DIRECTV in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the 1990s, he supported Hubble as a lead system manager for data archiving and an OpenVMS manager for development systems. Earlier, Mr. Taylor supported Hubble’s Science Operations Ground Systems (SOGS) as a computer operator.
MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business, Johns Hopkins University
BA in Radio, Television and Film, University of Maryland, College Park