For Release: Sept. 30, 1998
RELEASE NO. 98-081
NASA Engineer Shares Rags to Riches Story with Federal
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
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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