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Background

In 1985, between freshman and sophomore years at Allegheny College's physics degree program Ernest Koeberlein was appointed as an "On-Call"
intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has worked there as a direct employee or a contractor ever since. 30 years and counting.

Among many other things, his accomplishments include:

  • Member of the scientific community for the
          Voyager
          Galileo
          Ulysses spacecraft

    And contributed to NASA’s successful encounters with
          Uranus
          Neptune
          Venus
          Jupiter
          and several asteroids

  • Comprehensive collection, analysis, reporting of Unix server and service metrics including logs, probes, system configurations, health, monitoring, etc of NASA/JPL institutional servers

  • Designed, programmed, and operated software that would allow for the analysis of 28+ million lines of programming code that is maintained by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for potential Year 2000 (Y2K) anamolies. His software has been promoted by the White House’s Federal Year 2000 Council (managed by the CIO of every federal agency), as software to be used for Analyzing all federally programmed / maintained software.

  • Part of the small team of engineers responsible for making sure that all Y2K preventative procedures are taken to ensure the safety, security, and operability of NASA’s JPL facility are executed. This includes items such as enforcing data/code backup policies, making sure that the facility has enough stored gas for generators, and verifying that all hazardous materials And devices are not controlled by non-Y2K compliant chips or computers.

  • Designed, Coded, Implemented Deep Space Network (DSN) Metric Data Assembly (MDA) system software to allow the DSN to

    1. Combine signals from multiple DSN sites across the world to create a virtual receiving station of a global size, capable of receiving signals from deeper in space.
    2. Allow a single DSN antenna to process data from 2 or more spacecraft simultaneously, thus reducing the number of stations to be built to assist in future missions.
    3. Automate the uplink process to reduce personnel needed to be present at DSN sites.

His efforts at NASA and Raytheon did not go unnoticed. He received numerous awards for his work including:

  • NASA Class 1 New Technology Disclosure Award for Year 2000 Software
  • Voyager 2 Project Neptune Encounter Mission Award
  • NASA Achievement Awards including:
          Voyager Flight Team, Uranus Encounter
          Voyager Flight Team, Neptune Encounter
          Ulysses Mission Design and Operations Engineering Team
          Multimission Operations System Office Support Team

As well as numerous "Outstanding Performance Contribution Awards", "Extraordinary Contribution Awards", and several "Security Technology Awards"

In June of 2014, Ernest Koeberlein was awarded the high honor/status of "SANs Lethal Forensicator".

“The Coin, Round Metal Object (RMO), is designed to be awarded to those who demonstrate exceptional talent, contributions, or helps to lead in the digital forensics profession and community. The Coin is meant to be an honor to receive it; it is also intended to be rare. Those who join the Lethal Forensicators Unit will have all privileges and recognition.

These lethal forensicators who earn the Coin can detect and eradicate advanced threats in their organizations. Those that hold the coin have been properly trained incident responders or investigators and might be the only defense your organization has left in place during a compromise or a complex digital investigation. These analysts know what they are up against and continually strive to further not only their knowledge, but also the knowledge of the entire digital forensics field. They actively share their experience and encourage learning through participation in the community. They stay ahead by constantly seeking new knowledge and experience. Often, they are the leaders in the digital forensics and incident response community.”