Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Space Technology Hall of Fame Inducts Georgia Native Quinn
Dr. Jacqueline Williams Quinn, a NASA environmental engineer who grew up in Decatur, Ga., recently was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame at the 23rd National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. She works in the Applied Sciences Division at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Quinn was inducted for her work in developing a technology called Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron, or EZVI, that reduces groundwater contamination. The EZVI technology won NASA's Government Invention of the Year and Commercial Invention of the Year for 2005.
Quinn developed the technology along with Kathleen Bevirt Brooks, a NASA analytical chemist in the Materials Science Laboratory at KSC, and Drs. Christian Clausen, Cherie Geiger and Debra Reinhart from the University of Central Florida's Departments of Chemistry and Civil and Environmental Engineering.
"It was an unexpected honor to be recognized by such a prestigious institution as the Space Foundation," which conducts the Hall of Fame in cooperation with NASA, Quinn said. "While the direct applications to spaceflight are not obvious, this technology will have a direct benefit as we transition from current spaceflight programs to new programs supporting the exploration of the moon and beyond. This offers an innovative way of cleaning up our current facilities and enabling us to use them for the future."
The group also received a 2006 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.
Quinn came to KSC in 1989 to work on the Shuttle's Environmental Control and Life Support System and moved to the Spaceport Engineering and Technology directorate in 2000.
She graduated from Druid Hills High School in Atlanta in 1985. Quinn received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989, and a master's and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 1994 and 1999, respectively.
Quinn won the Hugh L. Dryden Memorial Science Fellowship in 1995 and served on the Florida Rhodes Scholarship Committee in 2003 and 2004. She reviewed applicants and helped to select recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Also in 2004, she received the Space Coast Society of Women Engineers Technical Achievement Award.
Quinn has published articles in several technical magazines, books and journals and contributed papers for technical conferences. Four U.S. patents have been issued from her work and several more are currently in the patent review cycle.
She resides in Titusville, Fla., with her husband, Shawn, who also works at KSC, and their children, Katerina, 9, and Julianna, 7.
Her parents, Lila "Jackie" Williams and Robert Williams, reside in Tucker, Ga., and Edwardsville, Ill., respectively.
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