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04-024
For Release: April 9, 2004

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

CRAFTSMEN, ENGINEERS AND RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED AT GLENN RESEARCH CENTER



Before rockets are launched, rovers traverse far away planets or space telescopes reveal to us things never before seen, researchers, engineers and craftsmen are making their contribution to accomplish NASA's mission. Their knowledge, skill and imagination will be rewarded on Wednesday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the upper mezzanine area of the main cafeteria at Glenn. At that time, winners in the Craftsmanship Award and Steven V. Szabo Engineering Excellence Award competitions will be announced as well as the recipient of the Abe Silverstein Medal.

Media representatives are invited to view the displays of the projects in the competition when the awards are presented on April 14. In addition, reporters are invited to observe the judging process as the nominees answer questions from the judges and discuss their projects. The awards and times of the judging for each award are noted below.

The Steven V. Szabo Engineering Excellence Award is the most prestigious engineering award given at Glenn. It recognizes a current and specific contribution that must have resulted in an engineering application that significantly helped solve an important or difficult problem. One individual and three teams of engineers are nominated. Judging will take place on Tuesday, April 13, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this award.

The Craftsmanship Award will be presented to a craftsman, or team of craftsmen, who made a specific contribution that resulted in the fabrication of a component or system that required a high degree of skill and imagination. One award will be given in manufacturing and another will be awarded in assembly and buildup. Five nominees-one individual and 4 teams--are in the competition this year. On Wednesday, April 14, between 9 and 11 a.m. this award will be judged.

The recipient of another award, the Abe Silverstein Medal, who has already been selected, will be officially announced along with the others on the afternoon of April 14. This award is presented to a Glenn employee for outstanding research contributions that have led to widely recognized practical applications. The research applications should be documented by appropriate evidence which may include publications or patents describing the research and specific references to the practical application of the research. The winning project for this award will be on display also.

Media interested in covering this event must call the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 to be cleared through security.

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