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Ann Sullivan                                                                                 Oct. 16, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-3039 or 650/604-9000                                             

E-mail: Ann.Sullivan@nasa.gov     


RELEASE: 03-80AR

NASA EMPLOYEE TO RECEIVE HISPANIC ENGINEERING AWARD

The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corp. (HENAAC), Los Angeles, and Technica magazine will present their Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Government to Dr. Jolen Flores of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Flores, chief of the NASA Ames Advanced Aircraft and Powered Lift Branch, was selected for this year's award following a competitive peer review by an independent group of representatives from industry, government and academia. He is the first Ames employee to receive the HENAAC honor.

"I was very fortunate to be hired by NASA, where truly everyone is a superstar," Flores said. "To work with inspirational and internationally recognized colleagues has always helped me keep my perspective. But most important are the challenges that NASA creates through its vision. These challenges are what spur us to be creative and innovative and make working for NASA exciting."

ÒI am very proud and gratified that Jolen Flores' outstanding research and leadership have been recognized by HENAAC,Ó said NASA Ames Director G. Scott Hubbard. ÒAs both an engineer and a role model, he has proven himself to be an outstanding, dedicated leader extremely deserving of this award.Ó  A senior Ames representative will present the award at HENAACÕs 15th annual awards conference in Austin, Texas, tomorrow.

Flores holds bachelor and master's degrees in mathematics and a doctorate in engineering science/mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He began his career at NASA Ames in 1981 as a research scientist in computational aerodynamics.

The HENAAC was established in 1989 to identify, honor and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic-American professionals in science, engineering and technology. More information about HENAAC is available at:

http://www.henaac.org

Technica magazine features Latinos at the forefront of science and technology. Further information about Technica is available on the Internet at:

http://www.technicamag.com

For more information about NASA and its rich history, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

and

http://history.nasa.gov

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