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Three NASA Ames Employees Honored by Space Flight Awareness Program
NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recently recognized three NASA Ames Research Center employees for their outstanding support of human space flight.

Irene Tollinger, a computer scientist at Ames, was honored for her contributions to the development of an electronic system for assessing failure modes on the International Space Station. Her leadership and direction helped ensure the failure modes and effects analysis and critical items list system was deployed on schedule. Tollinger also coordinated and led meetings between ISS representatives and Human Computer Interaction group developers to ensure the new system met the mission control requirements.

Kerry Trumble, a research scientist at Ames, was honored for her outstanding support of the Space Shuttle Program. She has been a key member of the mission support team and has developed many important tools to quickly analyze damages sustained by the orbiter during a mission. Trumble serves on the Damage Assessment Team and is involved in a wide range of activities that contribute greatly to the overall safety and reliability of the shuttle program.

Todd White, a research scientist for ERC Inc. at Ames, also was honored for his outstanding support of the Space Shuttle Program. He has been instrumental in developing and modifying software programs to run high fidelity, computational fluid dynamics simulations for the shuttle orbiter. His work has contributed significantly to the reliability and safety of the shuttle program.

NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight. The Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

NASA Ames is a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research.
Rebecca Strecker
Stennis Space Center, Miss.