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Press Release 94-49
 
 
Immediate
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

Ten Lewis Employees Receive Silver Silver Snoopy Awards

Cleveland, OH -- The Silver Snoopy Award was presented to ten NASA Lewis Research Center employees by Cleveland astronaut Carl Walz on August 30, 1994. The presentations were made to the employees at their work sites.

The "Silver Snoopy" is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the success of manned space flight missions. The coveted Snoopy Award consists of a silver pin in the form of Snoopy garbed in space helmet and space suit, a certificate and letter of commendation personally signed by an astronaut citing the appreciation of the astronauts for the outstanding performance of the individual.

The following is a list of the recipients, their respective hometowns, and a brief description of their recognition:

FRANCIS CHIARAMONTE, Rocky River -- For providing effective leadership to the Lewis team and providing timely interpretation of science requirements for the Aluminum Solidification Experiment, productive interaction with the Principal Investigator (PI) and promptly sharing results of Breadboard tests conducted by the PI.

MYRON HILL, Lakewood -- For successfully persuading the European Space Agency to build an engineering model of test cells for United States Principal Investigators. He also led the in-house effort to develop a flight-like interferometer at Lewis, which will be used to support the flight experiment during the mission and for post-flight data analysis.

RICHARD KRAWCZYK, Middleburg Heights -- For providing the solution to serious safety concerns regarding NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) shortly before its shipment to the launch base.

LAURIE LEVINSON, Bay Village -- For successfully leading a small team of engineers, who developed the complicated software enabling the Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment to carry out a sophisticated fluid physics/materials science microgravity experiment from the shuttle cargo bay.

DAVID MARCHESE, Brunswick -- For providing design guidance in developing flight experiments to ensure they meet shuttle payload safety requirements.

KEVIN MCPHERSON, Parma -- For improvements to the efficiency of the STS-51 launch process, which contributed to the successful launch of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) without any increased delays to the shuttle program.

DAVID PETRARCA, Beachwood -- For outstanding engineering and project management as the Principal (Lead) Engineer of the Mechanical and Fluid Systems Group that developed the Surface Tension Driven Convection Experiment.

ANDY SZANISZLO, North Olmsted -- For outstanding leadership as Project Manager and Project Scientist for the Thermal Energy Storage Flight Experiment, a technology project designed to develop data on the melting and freezing of a thermal energy storage salt in a weightless environment.

LARRY WALD, Oberlin -- For successfully orchestrating the Solar Array Module Plasma Integration Experiment (SAMPIE) activities that resulted in additional (and later found to be essential) data, which provided environmental information to other experimenters on the OAST-2 carrier.

R. ALLEN WILKINSON, Cleveland Heights -- For independently developing the Microgravity Fundamental Science Program, which he has grown from one flight and one ground-based Principal Investigator (PI) in 1989 to four flight PIs and seven ground-based PIs in 1994.

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