Glenn Leaders Honored for Achievements
Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. headlined a group of four NASA Glenn Research Center engineers who were honored for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and math. Dr. Whitlow and three others received their awards during the 22nd annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, February 14 - 16. Image right: Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. Credit: NASA
Dr. Whitlow began his NASA career as a research scientist in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written nearly 40 technical papers throughout his career. Today, as Glenn's center director, he oversees a workforce of nearly 1,700 civil service employees, who are supported by approximately 1,400 contractors.
The awards recognized individuals for pioneering work and for career and lifetime achievements that encourage strategic alliances with corporate America and increase recruitment from underrepresented groups.
Career Communications Group, Inc., publisher of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, produces the awards ceremony. In addition to Dr. Whitlow, the following Glenn engineers will be honored:
Jo Ann Charleston
, chief of the Educational Programs Office, was recognized for "K-12 Promotion of Education." Image right: Jo Ann Charleston. Credit: NASA
Charleston began her career as a NASA Glenn researcher specializing in energy storage systems in 1978. Ten years later, she transitioned to a new career in NASA Glenn's Educational Programs Office. "As one of the first and youngest African Americans in my branch for nine years, I wanted the students to see role models who looked like themselves," she told the magazine. Charleston has managed 25 NASA education programs and founded several K-12 and college programs.
Dr. Yolanda Hicks
, research engineer and lead for the Advanced Opticals Diagnostics team, was recognized for "Outstanding Technical Contribution in Government."
Image right: Dr. Yolanda Hicks. Credit: NASA
Dr. Hicks pioneered the use of laser technology to observe fluid flow in hypersonic and supersonic combustion chambers. An expert on combustion chamber efficiency, Dr. Hicks helped General Electric diagnose a fuel injection issue on a hypersonic engine, saving the company the millions of dollars they would have spent redesigning the engine.
Dr. Rickey Shyne
, director of the Facilities and Test Directorate, was recognized for "Professional Achievement in Government."
He manages the center's more than 500 institutional and test facilities. A graduate of Tennessee State University, he helped develop and teach the school's Minority Introduction to Engineering program. Dr. Shyne also serves on the school's College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Industrial Advisory Committee.
Image right: Dr. Rickey Shyne. Credit: NASA
Other NASA employees who were recognized included Assistant Associate Administrator Christyl Johnson at NASA Headquarters as the "Most Important Black in Technology," and La Vida Cooper and Muzar Jah at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as "Modern Day Technology Leaders."
The event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Career Communications Group, Inc.
Jenise Veris (SGT, Inc.) and Jan Wittry (SGT, Inc.)