- Dr. Jingli Yang, Chief Executive Officer
- Dr. Peter Li, President
- Mr. Goodwin Ting, Chief Operating Officer
- Mr. Hugh Johnson, Chief Information Officer
- Dr. Ron Isaacs, Chief Science Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jingli Yang, Chief Executive Officer of ERT, is an accomplished marketer, strategist, and entrepreneur. She cultivates business relationships with partners and customers, while working to develop infrastructure and processes necessary to foster the growth of ERT. Under her leadership, the company has enjoyed continuous growth and expansion of its client base while maintaining a focus on both customer satisfaction and employee welfare.
Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Biogeography, Geographic Information Sciences, and Remote Sensing from the University of Maryland and has over 20 years of experience in Earth remote sensing, science data systems, and geospatial interoperability for NASA and NOAA. Prior to ERT, she held a series of progressively more responsible technical and management positions in the Earth remote sensing and satellite data systems fields with companies including Raytheon and Space Imaging EOSAT. Dr. Yang also served as President of ERT for several years, during which she initiated ERT’s Earth remote sensing science support and science data systems development and maintenance activities.
Dr. Yang is President of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR), serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and is active in both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. She previously served as Vice President of MSBR, Chair of the NASA Goddard Contractors’ Association, and member of the Maryland Federal Facility Advisory Board under Governor O’Malley. She has received numerous awards including a NASA Global Change Research Fellowship, National Geographic Young Explorer award, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s Ta Liang Memorial Award. ERT and Dr. Yang were featured in the 2014 NASA Office of Small Business Programs Spotlight publication highlighting Women-Owned Small Businesses.
Dr. Peter Li is a co-founder of ERT, Inc. As President, Dr. Li is responsible for executing ERT's corporate goals and focuses his work on expanding the company and its capabilities. Dr. Li has more than 20 years of experience in environmental science and engineering, geographic information system application, geotechnical engineering, geophysical survey, and hydrogeologic investigation.
Dr. Li received his Doctoral degree in Geological Sciences with a focus on Geophysics from Rutgers University. He is a Certified Professional Geologist in Virginia, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, and a member of the Maryland Space Business Round Table.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Goodwin Ting has more than 15 years of experience developing strategies and leading business growth and operations at an executive level, from small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to large corporate divisions with over $1 Billion in annual revenues. He brings a solution-oriented approach to partnering with customers that is based on his 25+ years of experience in designing, developing, implementing, and integrating technical solutions for U.S. federal and state government agencies and international public sector clients in the defense, public healthcare, social services, law enforcement, and public transportation sectors. Mr. Ting’s expertise resides in the application of best practices in enterprise architecture, systems engineering, application development, data analytics, information technology operations, and information security to optimize technical solutions for customers’ mission and business objectives.
As ERT’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr. Ting will focus on the integration of operations and value-added client solutions; directing the company’s operational business unit Vice Presidents to ensure the highest level of contract performance and continued business unit growth. Mr. Ting’s recent experience includes a previous two-year tenure as ERT’s Chief Technology Officer, during which time he was a key contributor to implementing operational enhancements on major NOAA programs, expanding ERT’s industry certifications, and co-leading various business development efforts.
Prior to his initial employment by ERT, Mr. Ting served in various senior business management and technical leadership roles for both small and large businesses, including Sun Microsystems and Eastman Kodak. Before returning to ERT, Mr. Ting spent over two years as both the COO for an SMB and President of their Joint Venture company, where he improved operational performance on contracts, extended the partner ecosystem, and expanded into new markets including the FBI.
Mr. Ting earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University, and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.
Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hugh Johnson has 35 years of information technology experience. He most recently served as the Assistant Chief Information Officer of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, where he implemented enterprise-level IT solutions in networking, cyber security, and cloud services that drove cost savings and increased productivity; reinforced cyber security posture by implementing performance metrics program and operational security processes; and established a strategic sourcing program to gain organization-wide economies of scale.
Mr. Johnson previously held IT management and technical positions at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense Dependence Schools, and within private industry. He is now responsible for promoting best practices in information technology and data management across ERT programs and ensuring the performance of ERT’s IT management practices.
Mr. Johnson received his Management of Science degree in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Ron Isaacs brings to ERT more than 40 years of experience as a both research scientist and company president and CEO. Dr. Isaacs has made scientific contributions in the areas of radiative transfer, satellite remote sensing, numerical weather prediction, and air quality. With a strategy based on scientific excellence and its transition to practical applications, Ron was key in growing Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER) from a PI-focused research firm to an award winning, integrated corporation broadly servicing government and industry. He led corporate growth and sustainment activities, and executive oversight of day-to-day operations, strategic planning, marketing, program management, contract negotiation, cost and schedule control, teaming, recruiting, human resources, and technical oversight of major customer programs. At ERT, Dr. Isaacs enhances basic and applied scientific research capabilities, adding value to the corporation’s scientific reputational discriminator and the ability of ERT to serve its customers as a trusted partner to the government marketplace.
Dr. Isaacs holds both a Master’s of Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Association. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Space Systems Operations officer.