NASA's Marshall Center Honors Baxter, Tenn., Native Lisa Carr with Women's Equality Day Award
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
News Release: 06-125
Lisa Carr, a native of Baxter, Tenn., and graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, has been recognized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for outstanding performance and dedication in support of NASA exploration missions.
Carr, senior reliability and quality engineer for the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at the Marshall Center, was recognized at a recent ceremony with a Women's Equality Day award for outstanding performance, dedication and innovation. The award, presented by the Combined Women's Federal Programs, honors exceptional federal employees in administrative, clerical, professional and supervisory capacities.
The Marshall Center's Women's Program annually joins with other local federal agencies to recognize the work of these individuals. The program also celebrates Women's Equality Day and the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.
Being honored on Women's Equality Day became a family affair for Carr this year. Her mother, Josie Buckner, earned the award in 1996 as an employee of the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
"This award means a lot to me," said Carr. "However, the feeling for me is increased because my mother was honored with the same award when I was younger. She is my inspiration and role model."
Carr is a member of the Marshall Center's Fracture Control Board, responsible for analyzing anomalies and project risk assessments for critical hardware. She is also Safety and Mission Assurance lead for a team that developed the Non-Oxide Adhesive Experiment. Tested on the Space Shuttle Discovery during its mission in July, the experiment provided astronauts with materials to repair in orbit any cracks found in the leading edge of the space shuttle's wings.
Carr began her career in 1981 as a logistics engineering technician in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Saudi Arabia. She joined NASA in 1983 as a manufacturing engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at the Marshall Center where, among other projects, she helped developed the plasma arc welding process used on the space shuttle's external tank. The process is used to make the seams of welded metal stronger than a traditional welding.
In 1985, she was a physicist in the nondestructive evaluation branch of Materials and Processes, where she developed the Advanced Compound Tomography System. Still in use today, the system is a state-of-the-art industrial inspection system for composite or non-metallic structures.
In 1989, Carr was promoted to deputy branch chief of Nondestructive Evaluation, leading development of inspection techniques used to examine the welding on the external tank.
Carr earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1982 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. She received her master's degree in systems and quality engineering in 1986 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is working toward a doctorate in systems engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she is a founding member of Alpha Pi Mu Engineering Honor Society and the university's Engineering Alumni Council.
She has received numerous NASA awards, including the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in 1997 for her innovative contributions to flight safety. In 1999, she received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for significant leadership and technical advances in the field of nondestructive evaluation. She has also received numerous Special Service Awards, Sustained Superior Performance Awards, and Group Achievement Awards. Carr was honored as the High Tech Federal Employee of the Year by the American Federation of Government Employees Southeast Region in 1989.
Carr frequently volunteers with local civic organizations such as the Alabama Association of Retarded Citizens, the Opportunity Center, and as a peer counselor at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville.
Carr and her husband have one child and reside in Huntsville.