Catherine E. Watson
Release No. 96-007
NASA Researcher Receives Black Engineer of the Year Award
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.
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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