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First NASA Technical Fellows Named
 
NASA Fellows NASA Technical Fellows are named and presented a plaque from Chris Scolese, NASA Chief Engineer at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia on April 11. Pictured in the front row from left to right: Neil Dennehy, Technical Fellow for Guidance, Navigation and Control, Dave Schuster, Technical Fellow for Aerosciences, Curt Larsen, Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, Ivatury (Raju) Raju, Technical Fellow for Structures, Cynthia Null, Technical Fellow for Human Factors, and Tim Wilson, NESC Deputy Director. Back row from left to right: Ralph Roe, NESC Director, George Hopson, Technical Fellow for Propulsion, Mitch Davis, Technical Fellow for Avionics, John McManamen, Technical Fellow for Mechanical Systems, Hank Rotter, Technical Fellow for Life Support/Active Thermal, Bill Prosser, Technical Fellow for Nondestructive Evaluation, Bob Piascik, Technical Fellow for Materials, Mike Aguilar, Technical Fellow for Software, and Chris Scolese, NASA Chief Engineer.

The first 12 NASA technical fellows were named in a ceremony in Hampton, Va., April 11. The NASA Technical Fellows Program was established to recognize technical excellence and provide agency-wide leadership of their respective disciplines as members of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) in support of the Office of the Chief Engineer.

NASA Chief Engineer Chris Scolese said that the new designation was motivated by the success of NESC. Scolese presented each technical fellow with a plaque and his congratulations.

Consistent with NESC practice, the technical fellows will remain resident and actively engaged at their centers. The first 12 fellows reside at Ames, Goddard, Johnson, Langley and Marshall.

Cynthia Null, Technical Fellow for Human Factors is resident at ARC.


Cynthia Null, Technical Fellow for Human Factors.

Three technical fellows are located at GSFC and they are: Neil Dennehy, Technical Fellow for Guidance, Navigation and Control, Mitch Davis, Technical Fellow for Avionics, and Mike Aguilar, Technical Fellow for Software.


From left to right: Neil Dennehy, Technical Fellow for Guidance, Navigation and Control, Mitch Davis, Technical Fellow for Avionics, and Mike Aguilar, Technical Fellow for Software.

JSC is home to three technical fellows and they are: Curt Larsen, Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, John McManamen, Technical Fellow for Mechanical Systems, and Hank Rotter, Technical Fellow for Life Support/Active Thermal.

NASA Fellows from JSC
From left to right: Curt Larsen, Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, John McManamen, Technical Fellow for Mechanical Systems, and Hank Rotter, Technical Fellow for Life Support/Active Thermal.

George Hopson, from MFSC is the Technical Fellow for Propulsion.


George Hopson, Technical Fellow for Propulsion.

The four remaining technical fellows are located at Langley. They are Dave Schuster, Technical Fellow for Aerosciences, Ivatury Raju, Technical Fellow for Structures, Bob Piascik, Technical Fellow for Materials and Bill Prosser, Technical Fellow for Nondestructive Evaluation.


From left to right: Dave Schuster, Technical Fellow for Aerosciences, Ivatury (Raju) Raju, Technical Fellow for Structures, Bob Piascik, Technical Fellow for Materials, and Bill Prosser, Technical Fellow for Nondestructive Evaluation.

NESC Director Ralph Roe said that the idea of NASA technical fellows arose as part of the NESC practice of benchmarking against industry. Elevating distinguished technical employees is a well-established practice at some major corporations.

"NASA technical fellows will be role models for all of our engineers," said Roe.

Scolese added that NASA technical fellows would provide stewardship of their respective disciplines for the agency.

One example of that stewardship will be to foster consistency of agency-level standards and specifications, including those considered core standards. They will also promote discipline stewardship through workshops, conferences and discipline advancing activities.

Four additional technical fellows are expected to be named this fiscal year, two more in fiscal year 2008 and one more in fiscal year 2009. Fellows are competitively selected. The need for additional technical fellows will be evaluated semi-annually.


From left to right: Ralph Roe, NESC Director, Cynthia Null, Technical Fellow for Human Factors, Chris Scolese, NASA Chief Engineer, and Tim Wilson, NESC Deputy Director.

NASA Fellows from JSC
From left to right: Curt Larsen, Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, Ralph Roe, NESC Director, John McManamen, Technical Fellow for Mechanical Systems, Hank Rotter, Technical Fellow for Life Support/Active Thermal, Tim Wilson, NESC Deputy Director, and Chris Scolese, NASA Chief Engineer.

NASA Fellows from MSFC
From left to right: Ralph Roe, NESC Director, George Hopson, Technical Fellow for Propulsion, Tim Wilson, NESC Deputy Director, and Chris Scolese, NASA Chief Engineer.