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For Release: February 21, 2001

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
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Lori J. Rachul
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Top Honors Awarded to NASA Glenn Employees

Leadership, dedication and technical expertise are just a few of the attributes bestowed upon three NASA Glenn Research Center employees being recognized by engineering organizations in a month when engineers are recognized nationally for their efforts to advance the field of engineering.

The following two awardees were honored by the 2001 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Selection Panel on behalf of the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation and the USBE & Information Technology magazine.

Glenn's Director, Donald J. Campbell, received the Career Achievement in Government award on Saturday, February 10 at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Ceremony in Baltimore, MD. As Director, Campbell is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the Center.

"In accepting this award, I am honored to represent NASA Glenn's commitment to inspire, educate and create opportunities for minorities," said Campbell. "Also, the award carries a special significance of emphasizing the minority contributions to the field of engineering."

Campbell earned a bachelor's degree at Ohio Northern University and a master's degree at Ohio State University, both in mechanical engineering. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Wilberforce University and Ohio Northern University. Campbell, a native of Lima, OH, currently resides in Westlake, OH.

Office of Educational Programs Chief Jo Ann Charleston received a Special Recognition award for Promotion of Higher Education on February 10 during a breakfast ceremony, part of the Fifteenth Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.

"I want to thank my supervisor and mentor, John Hairston, for nominating me for this award," Charleston said. "I feel especially honored to receive this award because a major factor in my selection was based on letters of support submitted to the selection panel by young people whom I'd mentored and who have stayed in school and subsequently received advanced degrees in engineering. It's gratifying to know my efforts have made a real difference in young people's lives."

Charleston holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. She also earned a certificate from the Simmons Graduate School of Management, Boston, MA and a master's of divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH. Charleston is a holder of a U.S. Patent for the "Development of Chromium Electrode Catalyst for Redox Flow Batteries." She currently resides in Lorain, OH.

The third awardee, Dr. Cheryl Bowman, an aerospace engineer, in Glenn's Structures and Acoustics Division, was named "Young Engineer of the Year" for 2001 by the Cleveland Area Engineers Week Committee. She will receive her award at the Cleveland Area Engineers Week Banquet on Friday, February 23, in Mayfield Heights, OH.

"Being selected as Cleveland's Young Engineer of the Year is a great honor because it recognizes my contributions both technically and to our community," said Bowman.

Bowman earned a bachelor's in metallurgical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, a master's in metallurgical engineering from Georgia Institute Technology, and her doctorate in materials engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She currently resides in Strongsville, OH.

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