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For release: 03/08/04
Release #: 04-033  

NASA Marshall Center employees named AIAA Associate Fellows

Six Marshall Center employees have been elected Associate Fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world's largest society devoted to the advancement of aviation, space and defense. Michelle Bailey, Biliyar Bhat, Jonathan Campbell, John Lassiter, Paul Luz and Steven Noneman were recognized for their valuable contributions to the arts, science and technology of their field.


Six employees at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have been elected Associate Fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest society devoted to the advancement of aviation, space and defense.

NASA team members Michelle D. Bailey, Biliyar N. Bhat, Jonathan W. Campbell, John O. Lassiter, Paul L. Luz and Steven R. Noneman were recently honored for their accomplishments by the AIAA in Reno, Nev. To be distinguished as an Associate Fellow, a candidate must be a senior member of the institute and have made valuable contributions to the arts, science and technology of their field. Nominees must also have at least 12 years of professional experience.

Bailey recently supported the Orbital Space Plane Program in the Marshall Center's Engineering Directorate. The directorate provides engineering analysis, design, and testing and development for programs such as the International Space Station and Space Shuttle. In keeping with the President's new exploration vision, the Orbital Space Plane program, which was working to meet Space Station requirements for crew rescue as well as crew and cargo transport, is now being refocused to support the development of a Crew Exploration Vehicle for missions to the Moon and beyond. Bailey received her bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; a master's in engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; and a doctorate in mechanical engineering also from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A Cunningham, Tenn., native, Bailey joined Marshall in 1985.

Bhat is technical assistant to the director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate, primarily responsible for the organization's support of the Next Generation Launch Technology program, which is also being refocused to support the President's new space vision. Bhat received a bachelor's degree in metallurgy from the College of Engineering in Pune, India; a master's in metallurgical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay; a doctorate in materials science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; and a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Born in Biliyar, India, Bhat has been part of the Marshall team since 1980.

Campbell, a research scientist and advanced projects manager, is presently serving as a NASA Administrator's Fellow at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala., supporting nanotechnology initiatives and student reduced-gravity flight experiments. He is also managing Earth-defense and homeland defense research projects at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville. Campbell is a member of the Flight Projects Directorate at Marshall, which supports key NASA programs by researching advanced projects, technologies and concepts for the Space Station and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The NSSTC, a research organization that conducts cutting-edge work in various scientific and engineering disciplines, is a partnership between the Marshall Center, Alabama universities, industry, research institutes and federal agencies. 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. Born in Alexander City, Ala., Campbell joined the Marshall team in 1981.

Lassiter, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves, is an aerospace engineer in Marshall's Engineering Directorate. He provides technical support for the development of advanced launch vehicle and propulsion systems for future space missions. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a master's in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Gadsden, Ala., native has been with Marshall since 1991.

Luz, who started his career at NASA in 1990, is a lead systems engineer in Marshall's Science Directorate, which directs research in materials science, biotechnology, optics, Earth science and space science. Luz conducts investigations using the Microgravity Glovebox, which provides an enclosed work space for the Space Station. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a master's in engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he started his career at Marshall in 1990.

Noneman is a flight systems engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate at Marshall, which pursues propulsion research and technology intended to dramatically improve access and travel in space. He has worked on numerous NASA programs, including Spacelab research missions aboard the Space Shuttle in 1983 and 1985, and NASA's Space Launch Initiative, a program which evolved into the Orbital Space Plane and Next Generation Launch Technology efforts. He received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master's in system engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Part of the Marshall team since 1974, Noneman was born in Paulding, Ohio.

To date, 18 Marshall Center employees have been named AIAA Associate Fellows. Across NASA, more than 1,450 employees are currently members of the institute.

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