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March 1, 2006

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Leslie Williams
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-3893

Two Dryden Employees Win Top NASA Safety Awards

Two employees of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base have been honored with the agency's Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition award for contributing to the awareness and leadership of safety efforts at Dryden.

Tom Ambrose, chief of Dryden's Safety, Health and Environmental Office, and Dryden videographer / producer Lori Losey will receive their awards this Friday evening from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The awards acknowledge persons who have contributed to significant quality improvements to products and services for NASA, as well as safety initiatives, programs, processes and management activities. The awards are presented in four categories: NASA employees within and outside of the Safety and Mission Assurance directorate, a NASA prime contractor or subcontractor and an employee from another government agency.

Ambrose will receive the award in the NASA Safety and Mission Assurance category for his dedicated leadership as Chief of Dryden's Safety, Health, and Environmental team. Ambrose has been an outspoken advocate for safety and has been a true innovator in his field. He has received international recognition for the development of a radio frequency Identification system by his team to efficiently track the movement and storage of highly hazardous materials. Losey, an employee of Arcata Associates, won the NASA Contractor Employee award for producing a DVD on the X-31 accident that occurred in January 1995 just north of Edwards Air Force Base. Losey put the lessons learned from the loss of the X-31 research airplane into a documentary that leaves a lasting impression on its viewers.

Ambrose was cited for "diligence and professional leadership in improving the safety and well being of NASA personnel and the public. The Safety, Health, & Environmental Office is recognized as "best of the best" in many programs. His passion and support for innovation and safety has resulted in the ChemSecure project, recognized by multiple government agencies, industry and the international press as having the ability to improve the safety and security of the nation."

In her nomination, Losey was cited for "distinguishing herself, Arcata Associates, and NASA by producing the professional "X-31: Breaking the Chain" lessons-learned story. She made major contributions to the safety and well being of NASA fight crew personnel, control room operations and overall mission assurance."

NOTE TO EDITORS: A more complete description of the nomination is available by calling Leslie Williams at 661-276-3893 or e-mail Leslie.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

For more information about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center go to www.dfrc.nasa.gov.


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