On August 18 at the Summit outside of Washington, DC, NASA presented these awards to recognize outstanding efforts by the NASA IT community as well as members of the academic and teaching community who have incorporated NASA technology into their educational efforts.
OCIO Excellence in Leadership:
James Williams models transformational leadership qualities at NASA through his innovative work including helping launch NASA’s Nebula, a cloud computing initiative.
OCIO Excellence in Customer Service:
Linda McMillen embodies a “customer-obsessed” attitude through her work, which includes chairing the NOMAD Customer Advisory Council, which, under her leadership, prioritized areas to better-serve NASA customers and their e-mail needs.
OCIO Excellence in Teaching: Pam Leestma and Neme Alperstein
Pam Leestma and Neme Alperstein won for their unique team teaching approach that uses technology to connect their sixth- and second-grade students in California and New York. Their students have interacted with astronauts and scientists using podcasts, video conferences, webcasts, blogs, websites and virtual field trips.
Herbert W. Schilling
Herbert W. Schilling has been an advisor and mentor for many NASA science, technology, engineering and math outreach efforts with high school students including the Glenn Research Center Explorer Program and Young Astronaut Day. He also serves as a mentor and coach for NASA employees.
OCIO Humanitarian Award: Ernest Lopez
Ernest Lopez has demonstrated significant, enduring contributions to humanity through his extensive efforts helping underserved people in the US and Mexico. He has mentored students, helped rebuild orphanages, and assisted in migrant camps in Mexico. When home, he volunteers at a regional food bank in San Jose, CA.
OCIO Excellence in Innovation:
Michael Seablom has been a leader in the development of the Climate@Home prototype. Climate@Home is a project to evaluate climate change forecasts using the idle capacity of a global network of computers offered by volunteers, instead of traditional supercomputers.
OCIO Faculty Research Award: Dr. Carl White
Dr. Carl White won the award for innovation in his NASA-related research at Morgan State University.
OCIO Excellence in IT Security: Joseph Rossoll
Joseph Rossoll demonstrated outstanding contributions to the advancement of information security. He is a nationally recognized leader and NASA resource in real-time data systems and data security.
OCIO Advancement in Infrastructure or Cost Savings Award:
Grace DeLeon’s efforts on the Ames Research Center local area networking upgrades have saved costs by reducing redundancy while providing the capability of increasing bandwidth without added infrastructure.
OCIO Student Innovator: Danielle Wood
Danielle Wood won for inspiring the K–12 and peer community through NASA-related outreach activities and educational interactions as an intern with NASA’s Innovative Partnership Program at GSFC and NASA Headquarters and as a NASA Student Ambassador.