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Catherine Watson September 24, 1993

RELEASE: 93-072

STOKES RECEIVES JOHNSON SPACE CENTER'S TOP HONOR

LeBarian Stokes, a native of Mobile, Ala., recently received Johnson Space Center's highest honor for individual achievement, the Certificate of Commendation.

The award was presented by JSC Director Aaron Cohen and Deputy Engineering Director Max Engert on May 20, 1993.

Stokes , who is Robotic Systems Evaluation Laboratory Manager in JSC's Automation and Robotics Division, received the award in recognition of his outstanding performance in establishing a significant robotic test capability and his exemplary management of Space Station Freedom track task testing.

THE RSEL is a state-of-the-art laboratory that is used as a test bed for developing, evaluating, verifying and demonstrating robotic systems for space shuttle and space station activities. The laboratory uses manipulators of various sizes and articulation in conjunction with various control schemes to provide a basis for studies.

Stokes also is personally managing a technology transfer program sponsored by NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The son of Cleveland and Lois Stokes of Mobile, he is a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a 1975 graduate of McGill Toolen High School.

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