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For Release: Sept. 30, 1998

Ivelisse Gilman
(757) 864-5036

RELEASE NO. 98-081

NASA Engineer Shares Rags to Riches Story with Federal Colleagues

The life of Terry Morris, an engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, illustrates how even a small contribution to charity can make an incredible difference in someone's future. Abused, then abandoned as a child, Morris was given another chance in life after being placed in a foster home for boys - a foster home supported by contributions to the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Morris said he is "living proof" that the CFC works. Last year, federal employees contributed more than $197 million dollars to the CFC, helping more than 1,350 agencies across the United States. The CFC was created by federal employees to bring a diversity of fundraising efforts under one umbrella and allow employees to select from a variety of charitable organizations. By making contributions through payroll deductions and enabling employees to specify where each dollar will go, the CFC allows federal employees to give generously to literally hundreds of worthy causes.

Morris has worked with the CFC for a number of years and is featured in this year's national CFC video "Living Proof." As the 1998 national CFC spokesperson Morris will also share his experiences with employees at various federal organizations, including the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Security Agency; the Pentagon; the Department of Transportation; Keesler Air Force Base; and NASA's Stennis Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Kennedy Space Center. Morris will also speak at Southern Mississippi University.

Morris received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University in May 1990, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in August 1995, and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the George M. Low Fellowship Program from September 1995 through May 1996. He is currently working toward his doctorate in systems engineering at the University of Virginia.

Morris has worked in several divisions at NASA Langley since 1985. His areas of expertise are high-speed aerodynamics, solar-pumped lasers, flight simulators and wind tunnel design.

For a copy of the video "Living Proof" please contact Ivelisse Gilman at (757) 864-5036.

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