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For release: 06/05/03
Release #: 03-090


Three NASA Marshall employees awarded administrator fellowships to conduct research at minority institutions

Photo description: Campbell, Fernandez and Kim

Three Marshall Center employees have been awarded NASA's Administrator's Fellowships to conduct research at minority institutions. Recipients include Dr. Jonathan Campbell, Dr. Kenneth Fernandez and Tony Kim. Campbell and Fernandez will conduct their fellowships at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, while Kim will conduct his fellowship at Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

Photo: Campbell, Fernandez and Kim (NASA/MSFC)


Three employees of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., were awarded NASA's Administrator's Fellowships to conduct research at minority institutions. Award recipients include Dr. Jonathan Campbell, Dr. Kenneth Fernandez and Tony Kim. Campbell and Fernandez will conduct their fellowships at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, while Kim will conduct his fellowship at Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

Campbell is a NASA research scientist based at the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville. He will conduct homeland-defense research; study methods for protecting Earth from asteroids, meteoroids and comets; and help the university build a research working group for space applications.

Fernandez is an engineer at NASA's Marshall Center. He will work with the Alabama A&M faculty to develop a robotics program within the university's engineering department. His first step will be developing a two-semester course to help students learn the fundamentals of robotic systems and control methods, demonstrate these principals using simulation software based on Dr. Fernandez's research at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and work in teams to design robotic systems that respond to challenges posed by representatives from NASA and industry.

Kim is a project manager based at the National Space Science and Technology Center. As part of his fellowship, he will teach and lead two semesters of a senior engineering design class of multiple engineering disciplines, giving students the opportunity to design a tool to aid in NASA's human exploration and development of space.

The Administrator's Fellowship was designed to enhance the professional development of NASA employees, as well as the science, mathematics and engineering faculty of minority-serving institutions. The fellowship also aims to increase the capability of institutions serving minorities to participate in NASA's research and development programs.

"The Administrator's Fellowship Program is a superb example of how NASA is working to engage minority-serving institutions in the agency's work, while also encouraging professional development in disciplines critical to NASA's mission," noted Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's associate administrator for education. "The program is an essential element of the agency's dedication to engaging minority institutions in the process of advancing our nation's science discoveries," she said.

Campbell has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's in experimental plasma physics from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., as well as a master's in engineering management, a master's in theoretical physics and a doctorate in astrophysics and space science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He recently retired from 30 years in the Air Force Reserve, which awarded him the Legion of Merit, a medal recognizing members of the U.S. Armed Forces for outstanding service to their country.

Fernandez has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., a master's in computer science technology from Alabama A&M University, a doctorate in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and has completed post-doctorate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Kim has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in material science from Auburn University. He also completed a summer session program at the International Space University hosted by Rice University in Houston in 1997.

The National Space Science and Technology Center is a partnership with the Marshall Center, Alabama universities, industry, research institutes and federal agencies.

The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation administers the NASA Administrator's Fellowship. For more information about the NASA Administrator's Felllowship Program, visit:

http://www.uncfsp.org/nasa/nafp/

For more information on other NASA and education programs on the Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

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