Paul Foerman, NASA Public Affairs
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
Feb. 25, 2009
Irby Named Distinguished Fellow
Gay Irby, chief information officer at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, recently was designated a Distinguished Fellow of the Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering.
Irby, of Long Beach, came to NASA in 1987 and has served as the chief information officer at Stennis since 2005. She is responsible for the center's service delivery of desktops, telephones, applications, information technology security, and audio/visual and video production. She is also responsible for setting and implementing IT policy for Stennis. In 2005, she was the recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for her sustained commitment to the support of the agency's mission at Stennis. In 2000, she received a Spaceflight Achievement Award for her support of NASA's space program.
Of all of the recognition Irby has received, she says this award has special significance. "As the daughter of an MSU Electrical Engineering professor, it is an honor to be recognized by the College of Engineering," she said. "I am privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved with two organizations of the highest caliber: MSU and NASA."
The Distinguished Fellows program recognizes MSU graduates who have made significant contributions to their field. Irby graduated from MSU with a Master of Science in Computer Science in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education in 1974.
Irby will be inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in a special ceremony held March 5 at MSU in Starkville.
For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/. Related Multimedia: +http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/news/releases/2009/HEC-09-032-cptn.html
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