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02-054
For Release: July 18, 2002

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov


Glenn Women of Color Win Top Honors for Achievements in Government and Defense

There's a Winner in You," the theme for the 2002 Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference, certainly holds true for several employees at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland. In fact, there will be three Glenn winners honored at the conference, which takes place July 18 - 19 in Washington, DC.

"These women perform valuable functions at the Center, from maintaining successful relations with other governmental agencies to advancing the state of the art in satellite communications," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "This recognition demonstrates that there are no boundaries to success in government and technology, and what's more, that these women's efforts indeed have value beyond Glenn's gates."

The three Glenn women receiving recognition are:

Dr. Yolanda R. Hicks, research engineer, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division, has been chosen Technology All-Star. She is recognized as an accomplished woman of color in government who has demonstrated excellence as a role model and leader during her career in science, engineering or technology. Hicks has proven leadership in the following areas: applying laser and optical diagnostics to internal and external combustion engines; imaging advanced fuels; and sharing her knowledge with minority students by developing and teaching courses. She resides in Oakwood Village, Ohio.

Karen L. Hickman, liaison officer, Office of the Director, has been chosen VIP Nominee, Community Outreach category. She is recognized as a woman who has used technology in innovative ways to improve educational opportunities and access to careers as well as to boost the community's general understanding of technology's potential to improve daily living. Hickman is principally responsible for communicating complex technical information to house and senate congressional offices as well as local and state legislators. She resides in Westlake, Ohio.

Eileen Saenz, a student in the Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program, Communications Technology Division, is the recipient of this year's Student Leadership Award. She is recognized for her technological contributions to Glenn during her internships, including optimizing filter design for L-band application and procuring their fabrication using novel technologies. She is also touted for her leadership and involvement in societies at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, including the Russ College of Engineering Student Ambassadors and the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society. Saenz resides in Mentor, Ohio.

The awards are given annually in recognition of the gains that women of color are making in government and defense, which are traditionally male-dominated fields. The awards were created to highlight success stories, to motivate other women onto higher levels and to reconfirm commitment to equality in the workplace. They are sponsored by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine and Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

Print quality photos of Hicks, Hickman and Saenz are available online:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/pressrel/2002/02-054addm.html

More information on award recipients and this year's Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference is available online:

http://www.womenofcolor.net

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