garyferentchak_antarcticsatellitecomms July 2011
Topic Abstract: Communications and Science Data Retrieval from the Frozen Continent – Antarctica.
There are only two ways to get science and operational data to/from the Antarctic continent: carry the data by hand or send it via satellite. This presentation looks at the satellite systems that support scientific research in Antarctica and the explores the challenges of designing, building, and operating satellite communications systems in an environment where the average annual temperature is -52C and extremes of -100C and winds of 180MPH are typically seen every year.
Speaker Biography: Gary Ferentchak
Gary Ferentchak is a Program Manager with over twenty years of IT management, consulting, and engineering experience in both the Government and private sectors. Mr. Ferentchak’s technical areas of expertise include IT systems design and deployment, communications systems R&D, high reliability software development, control systems and automation for plants, processes, and manufacturing, and business process analysis and improvement. Since 2003, he has worked for Raytheon Polar Service Company, an entity that operates all of Antarctica for the National Science Foundation in support of multi-national scientific research. In this capacity, he has been involved in all the new satellite systems and satellite system upgrades for the US Antarctic Program in Antarctica.
Mr. Ferentchak has developed unique satellite technology that enables National Science Foundation supported scientists working in remote regions of Antarctica to have e-mail and Instant Messaging communications from anywhere on the continent.
His degrees include a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. He is an ex-fighter pilot and Professional Engineer who maintains registration in two states and is a Project Management Institute certified Project Manager. Within Raytheon Polar Service Company, he currently works as the IT Senior Manager leading the IT Program/Project Management Office.