Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Space Technology Hall of Fame Inducts Georgia Native Brooks
Kathleen Bevirt Brooks, a NASA analytical chemist who grew up in Marietta, 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 Materials Science Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Brooks was inducted for her work in helping to develop a technology called Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron, or EZVI, that reduces groundwater contamination. She joined NASA in 2005 to work on materials and failures analysis and analytical research.
The EZVI technology won NASA's Government Invention of the Year and Commercial Invention of the Year for 2005. KSC inventors have accomplished this feat twice in the past three years.
Brooks developed the technology along with Dr. Jacqueline Quinn, a NASA environmental engineer in KSC's Applied Sciences Division, and Drs. Christian Clausen, Cherie Geiger and Debra Reinhart from the University of Central Florida's Departments of Chemistry and Civil and Environmental Engineering.
"I am humbled and honored to be included in the company of these fine scientists, engineers and visionaries," Brooks said.
The group also received a 2006 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.
Brooks moved to Florida in 1981. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, in 1986, and received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1989 and a Master of Science in industrial chemistry in 2000 from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is a doctoral candidate at the university and is working on her dissertation in environmental chemistry.
She is a member of the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts and a past recipient of a Dow Chemical Scholarship and a Monsanto Fellowship. In 2000, she was the university's outstanding chemistry graduate student.
Brooks has published works in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering and NASA Tech Briefs.
She resides in Orlando with her two children, Melissa, 9, and Austin, 7. Her parents, Elma and Blaine Bevirt, also live in Orlando.
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