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For Release: Jan. 22, 1997

Mary Graves
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Keith Henry
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Rel. No. 97-005

NASA Manager Earns Distinguished Executive Service Award

NASA Langley Research Center’s Charles P. Blankenship, NASA program director for Advanced Subsonic Technology (AST), received a Distinguished Executive Service Award from the Senior Executives Association (SEA) and its Professional Development League at its Executive Excellence Awards Breakfast last month in Washington, D.C.

Blankenship, a 35-year veteran of federal service and a Langley employee since 1980, was cited for his “outstanding dedication and technical innovation” and “exemplary abilities in advocacy, planning and implementation.”

In his work in aeronautics, Blankenship led the planning and integration of four key multiyear programs with the aeronautics industry, universities and other government agencies. The successful programs led to the development of cost-effective composite aircraft structures, structural test methods and computational model predictors for ensuring structural integrity of an aging commercial fleet.

Blankenship also led the planning and implementation of the Advanced Composites Technology program for subsonic transport aircraft wing and fuselage components, resulting in industry use of composites to reduce aircraft weight and maintenance costs.

His leadership has resulted in the development of airframe materials, structures and acoustics technology for the High-Speed Research and AST programs, as well as other major technology programs.

A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the Bluefield, W.Va. native has served as NASA Langley’s Materials Division chief, Structures Program director and Technology Applications Group director. He was named AST program director last year.

The SEA is a professional organization that represents the interests of career federal executives. It aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the federal government, to advance the professionalism and advocate the interests of career federal executives and to enhance public recognition of their contributions.

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