Catherine E. Watson
Release No. 96-007
On Feb. 24, Dr. Stanley E. Woodard, an aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, will receive the 1996 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions. More than 250 of the nation's top scientists, engineers and technology leaders were nominated for this award.
Woodard is the lead researcher in a study of the in-flight dynamics of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). Woodard's UARS research enabled scientists to better understand how small disturbances can affect the atmospheric data the spacecraft returns to Earth and correct for these disturbances. For his contributions to the UARS project, Woodard was awarded the NASA Superior Accomplishment Award. NASA Langley scientists have used UARS data to prove that human-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) cause the Antarctic ozone hole.
The Black Engineer of the Year awards were created in 1986 to recognize and reward America's successful black engineers, scientists and technology leaders. The awards, presented annually in Baltimore, Md., are sponsored by the Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Mobil Corp. and U.S. Black Engineer.
Woodard received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1995. Woodard also has bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Purdue and Howard University, respectively. Since coming to work at NASA Langley in 1987, Woodard has earned many NASA awards, including three Outstanding Performance Awards and a Patent Award.
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