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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
(216)433-2406
katherine.martin@grc.nasa.gov
December 7, 2005
 
RELEASE : 05-052
 
 
Awards Link Astronauts with NASA Workers
 
 
Astronauts Carl E. Walz and Michael T. Good visited NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, to present 27 civil servant and support service employees with Space Flight Awareness Motivation and Recognition Program awards.

"Through their cutting edge research, these employees definitely have distinguished themselves in their work," said Glenn Center Director Dr. Julian M. Earls. "Their efforts resulted in improvements in the space shuttle and contributed to the safety of our nation's astronaut corps."

Fifteen employees received a Silver Snoopy Award, the Astronauts' personal achievement award that recognizes an individual's outstanding job performance and commitment to flight safety and mission success. To signify the uniqueness of the award, the recipients were presented sterling silver Snoopy lapel pins that were flown on a space shuttle mission. All awardees were also given certificates and letters of commendation, personally signed by the astronauts, citing their appreciation of the awardees' efforts.

Twelve employees received two team awards. These awards are presented to a group of employees who have demonstrated exemplary teamwork while accomplishing a significant task or goal in support of NASA's space flight programs. A certificate and a Team Award lapel pin were presented to each of these team members.

Walz, a Cleveland native, served as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery (1993) and Space Shuttle Atlantis (1996). He also served as a flight engineer on Space Shuttle Columbia (1994) and on the International Space Station (2001-2002). Walz is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. He is currently serving as the Manager for the Life Support and Habitation program of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

Good, also a Cleveland area native, has logged over 2,000 hours of flight in more than 30 different aircraft. He has served as instructor for weapon systems and as an F-15 test weapon systems officer. Selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000, Good completed two years of training and evaluation. He has been assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Advanced Vehicles Branch and will serve in this capacity until assigned to a space flight.

A full list of awardees as well as the areas in Glenn in which they work, a description of the work for which they were awarded and their hometowns, follows:

Sharon Ambro Reinke, Fairview Park, (Hernandez Engineering, Inc.) supporting the Exploration Systems Division, for developing multiple requirements documents and subsequently tracking and ensuring the completion of required flight hardware verifications for the Fluids and Combustion Facility.

Frank G. Gati, Brunswick, Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for his instrumental role in completing the development of the Fluids Integration Rack (FIR) to be flown on the International Space Station. The FIR will conduct fluid physics and advanced life support technology investigations that will help achieve the Vision for Space Exploration.

Jeffery S. Hojnicki, Avon, Power and Communication Systems Analysis Office, for conceiving and leading the development of world-class International Space Station Electrical Power System analysis capabilities at NASA, leading to the System's safe operation.

Warren Holt, Parma Heights, (Hernandez Engineering, Inc.) supporting the Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for his crucial role in the build-up, assembly and check-out of the designs for the Combustion Integrated Rack and the Fluids Integrated Rack Crew Training Units.

James Imburgia, Brook Park, (Hernandez Engineering, Inc.) supporting the Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for his technical skills, dedication and passion in performing the build-up, assembly and check-out of the Crew Training Units for the Combustion Integrated Rack and the Fluids Integrated Rack.

Bradley A. Lerch, North Ridgeville, Life Prediction Branch, for developing, coordinating and leading the effort to better understand the mechanical properties and overall behavior of ice under the high strain-rate loading conditions that occur when ice is shed from the space shuttle's external tank.

Rebecca A. MacKay, Strongsville, Materials Division, for serving as the NASA Engineering and Safety Center materials consultant for the niobium thruster cracking issue on the space shuttle's Reaction Control System. Her work focused on substantiating the root cause of cracking and determining if the cracks were likely to grow.

Pappu L. N. Murthy, North Olmsted, Life Prediction Branch, for his contributions as the structures lead in the Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Safety Assessment that led to the safe operation and maintenance of pressure vessel safety subsystems in STS-114 space shuttle mission.

Tracy A. Neff, Medina, (Hernandez Engineering, Inc.) supporting the Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for serving as the lead engineer for the Fluid Combustion Facility Crew Training Unit development team.

Terence F. O'Malley, Fairview Park, Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for his instrumental role in completing the development of the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) to be flown on the International Space Station. The CIR will accommodate combustion science investigations that address spacecraft fire detection, prevention and suppression while in space.

Santo Padula, Valley City, Advanced Metallics Branch, for his role in acquiring, processing and validating high-fidelity data from load cells and strain measurement equipment that was instrumental in the impact testing program for assuring the safety of the space shuttle's return to flight.

Roy M. Sullivan, North Ridgeville, Life Prediction Branch, for his work in performing critical structural analyses of the space shuttle reusable solid rocket motor nozzle aft exit cone and demonstrating the causal relation between strain on the solid rocket motor and the lifting action of insulation pieces.

Anita Tenteris-Noebe, Medina, (Science Applications International Corporation), supporting the Quality Management Office, for performing quality assurance tasks throughout ballistic impact testing of reinforced carbon-carbon panels in connection with returning the space shuttle safely to flight.

John C. Thesken, Rocky River, (OAI) supporting the Life Prediction Branch, for his key role in developing analytical tools that are used by space shuttle operations personnel to assist in modifying space shuttle composite overwrap pressure vessel operations to extend their life.

Thomas Vannuyen, Strongsville, Mechanical and Rotating Systems Branch, for work on three critical tasks related to the shuttle return to flight: the shuttle cable tray test, the rudder speed brake gear scuffing test, and the design for the wind tunnel test bellows.

Team Award Recipients

Chris Berg, now at NASA's Kennedy Space Center: Mike Capelety, Grafton; Tim Gaydos, Strongsville; Bruce Jackson, Sagamore Hills; Anita Tenteris-Noebe (Hernandez Engineering, Inc.), Medina; members of the NASA Glenn Impact Testing Quality Assurance Team for their work in maintaining stringent quality assurance controls for all aspects of testing, documentation and data collection involved in the ballistic impact testing efforts supporting STS-114 and beyond. James Bodis, Cleveland; Laura Cosgriff, Lakewood; Richard Martin, Willowick; Michelle Murphy, Cleveland; Quentin Schwinn, Lorain; Peter Tate, Parma; and Vincent Reich, Strongsville, members of the NASA Glenn Impact Testing Imaging and Non-Destructive Evaluation Team, for their work in performing comprehensive non-destructive imaging of each space shuttle panel evaluated for Glenn's Ballistic Impact Testing Program. This team also assembled an extensive database of imagery that is now utilized throughout the Space Shuttle Program.

Portraits of award recipients are available upon request.

More information about the awards is available online:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/sfa/


 

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