Aerospace Frontiers

Volume 8, Issue 12
December 2006

Glenn's In-House Talents Utilized for Ares I–1 Flight Test Vehicle

Image of the Ares I 'tuna can' segment. Glenn is on the leading edge of the Constellation Program, utilizing the center's in-house work force and onsite facilities to design, manufacture and test components for the Ares I-1 flight test vehicle. The Ares I is a two-stage launch vehicle that will transport the crew aboard the Orion spacecraft.

Image right: The completed Ares I-1 "tuna can" segment is shown in Glenn's Ares Manufacturing Facility. Credit: NASA

Ares I–1 will be the first test flight of the Ares I. It is scheduled for launch in April 2009. The Glenn Ares I–1 assignments include the following:

  • upper stage mass simulator, including the interstage (lower part of upper stage that allows the booster to separate from the rest of the vehicle after the booster flight ends)
  • service module simulator
  • spacecraft adapter simulator
  • installation and test of avionics components provided by the Marshall-led avionics elements (instrumentation, electrical power and telemetry)
"A key aspect of the Ares I–1 assignment for Glenn is the agreement we reached with our customer at Marshall Space Flight Center that we execute this task with primarily our in-house civil service work-force," said Vince Bilardo, Ares I Elements Project manager. "When the agency formulated the project last winter, we examined various execution approaches and determined that the in-house approach costs are slightly less than utilizing a prime contractor, and will save up to a year of schedule time."

The upper stage simulator uses an innovative design concept comprising cylindrical segments affectionately known as "tuna cans." This design approach saves tens of millions of dollars in launch pad modifications and launch-site assembly because the hardware above the first-stage solid rocket booster can be accessed through the interior and bolted together from the inside as segments are stacked. This allows use of existing shuttle infrastructure for the much taller Ares I vehicle.

Bilardo explained that some of the segments are more complex than others. He said that Glenn could save in the design and build process by finalizing the design of the more complicated segments while fabricating the simpler segments. Having in-house engineering and manufacturing personnel located in two buildings separated by just a short walk is a step the center took to facilitate the concurrent design and fabrication.

The test flight objectives are focused on first-stage flight dynamics, controllability and separation of the first and upper stages. The development of the flight test is managed by Marshall Space Flight Center with additional support from Glenn and Langley Research Centers. Kennedy Space Center is responsible for the management of the ground systems required to assemble the launch vehicle. The Constellation Program Office at Johnson Space Center provides overall flight test coordination.

"This test is a critical early step towards developing an exploration launch capability," explained Steve Cook, director, Exploration Launch Projects Office at Marshall. "Through this flight, we will demonstrate critical aspects of the Ares I design, such as flight dynamics and control and stage separation. We will conduct this flight at a critical junction—mid-2009—just prior to the Ares I Critical Design Review, which will allow us to inform the final launch design. The Glenn team is an important member of this team—delivering the upper stage and service module mass simulator for flight."

Doreen Zudell
in collaboration with Emily Groh


Wessel Named Associate Director of Glenn

Vernon W. "Bill" Wessel, who previously served as Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office at Glenn, was named Glenn's Associate Director on November 26.

Wessel has over 35 years of technical experience directly applied to NASA aeronautics, aerospace and space projects, with more than 33 of those years in technical management. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Langley Research Center in addition to his experience at Glenn. In the private sector, Wessel managed technical tasks in support of many NASA programs and projects including Apollo, Skylab, Space Base, Space Shuttle, Viking Mission to Mars, Mars Surface Sample Return and the Mars Rover Design Concept Study.

Wessel holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics/physics from Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., and a masters of public administration from the Maxwell School of Public Administration at Syracuse University. He recently earned the prestigious 2006 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award. In addition, he has received the 2001 Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Award and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals.

STS–115 Crew Meets With Glenn Employees and Presents Silver Snoopy Awards

On November 2, Glenn welcomed members of Atlantis' STS–115 crew, who briefed Glenn personnel on the 12-day mission that resumed construction on the International Space Station (ISS).

Image of the STS-115 crew.  Credit:  Marvin Smith RSIS/NASA. Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, and Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper held an All Hands Meeting in the Development Engineering Building (DEB) prior to touring the center and presenting Silver Snoopy Awards to Glenn employees.

Image left: STS-115 crew members brief Glenn employees in DEB auditorium. Credit: Marvin Smith RSIS/NASA

Jett expressed the crew's excitement to be able to share the experience of performing station assembly after years of preparation. He thanked Glenn's employees for not only their role in improving shuttle safety that enabled NASA's return to flight, but also for designing the ISS power system and leading elements of Orion and Ares I.

"Space flight is a team effort," he said. "We get the fun part of the job, but it takes literally thousands of people across the country to make space flight happen."

During the STS–115 mission, the shuttle and station crews were supported by members of Glenn's Electrical Power Systems Management Team and Glenn personnel with the Active Thermal Control System Team in Johnson Space Center Mission Evaluation Room during installation, activation and checkout for the new photovoltaic power module (P3/P4) to augment station's power capability. Much of the technology necessary to the nearly 35,000-pound P3/P4 integrated truss, comprised mainly of solar cell arrays, batteries and powering conditioning equipment, was developed with Glenn expertise.

During the briefing, the crew provided a series of photos and video presentations of their time spent inside and out of the ISS, which included shots of how the various segments of the massive P3/P4 truss were installed. They also shared breathtaking views captured while cruising 220 miles above the Earth.

"It was work most of the time, but we took some time to do the tourist thing," said Tanner, who partnered with Stefanyshyn-Piper on two of the three spacewalks.

Immediately after the presentation, the crew fielded questions from employees and local media before adjourning to a brief reception with employees.

S. Jenise Veris

Improving Shuttle Safety

This is the sixth in a series of articles highlighting Glenn's research and test efforts in improving space shuttle safety.

Main Landing Door Environmental Seals

Image of deformed seal.
Image above: Deformed seal flown on space shuttle. Image below: Glenn team, pictured top left, counter clockwise: Finkbeiner, Dunlap, Steinetz and DeMange. Credit: NASA.
Image of Finkbeiner, Dunlap, Steinetz and DeMange.
In 2004, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board requested an evaluation of the main landing gear door environmental seals on the shuttle orbiters. The environmental seals, along with some upstream barriers, work together as a "sealing system" to help protect temperature-sensitive components located in and around the landing gear bays. An initial visual evaluation of one of the shuttles revealed that the seal bulbs were permanently deformed, necessitating their replacement.

At the request of Johnson Space Center, Glenn researchers in the Mechanical Components Branch performed tests to help guide installation and maintenance of the seals. Since the seals are compressed for long periods of time due to launch delays, part of Glenn's evaluations involved determining how quickly and to what extent the seals recover their original shape after being compressed for varying durations. During testing, researchers compressed seals for long durations and then measured the rate of recovery upon rapid unloading using a special noncontacting laser fixture. Using Glenn's test data, shuttle technicians now have guidance on how long to wait before measuring seal conformance criteria (i.e., bulb height/compression) and when to replace the main landing gear environmental seals.

Research team: Jeff DeMange (UNT), Josh Finkbeiner, Pat Dunlap and Bruce Steinetz, Materials and Structures Division.

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Ever wonder what your coworkers do in their spare time?

Lowenfeld Ensures Safety on the Ski Slopes

Any avid skier knows that a parka, gloves and goggles are standard gear if you want to keep warm in the frigid weather. However, Visitor Center Manager David Lowenfeld, BTAS/Community and Media Relations, adds a few accessories—gauze, bandages, scissors, splints, tape and glucose—to his clothing ensemble.

Image of Lowenfeld. Image left: Lowenfeld gets in a lot of skiing while helping others.

A senior-level member of the ski patrol at Peak Resorts (Boston Mills and Brandywine) in Peninsula, Lowenfeld skis the 79-acre resorts a couple nights a week and on the weekends helping to ensure the safety of fellow skiers.

"I became involved in the National Ski Patrol volunteer program about three years ago because I love to ski and I figured that this was a way to get in a lot of skiing while helping others," Lowenfeld said.

Training for the ski patrol takes about a year and involves over 120 hours of medical training to gain the knowledge necessary to provide first aid on the slopes. It also requires hundreds of hours of training to be able to ski well, anywhere, anytime, under any conditions, while maneuvering a toboggan full of injured patients.

In addition to his duties as a member of the ski patrol, Lowenfeld serves as a ski patrol instructor, teaching others the skill of outdoor emergency care and chairlift evacuation. He recently organized a mass casualty mock drill for the patrol. This simulation was intended to help the new candidates prepare for and practice medical aid in a mass emergency setting.

Lowenfeld has helped many injured skiers—anywhere from twisted ankles to injured necks—throughout the years, but most of his work involves stabilizing wrist fractures and treating ice burns (road rash).

"A ski patroller's role is basically the same as an emergency medical technician, but we work out of a fanny pack rather than out of an ambulance," he explained.

Doreen Zudell


STS–115 Crew Members Present Silver Snoopy Awards

Members of the Atlantis/STS–115 crew made a surprise visit to ten employees on November 2, presenting each of them with a Silver Snoopy Award—one of the highest and most prestigious honors sponsored by the Office of Space Flight.

Group award winners with STS-115 crew. Image right: Back row, left to right: Bart Gruber, Stefanyshyn-Piper, Burbank, Frankenfield, Tanner, Ferguson, and Jett. Front row, left to right, Corban, Goldberg, Catalano, Politi, Lawyer, Singh, Clapper, Jaworske, and Center Deputy Director Rich Christiansen. Credit: Marvin Smith, RSIS/NASA

On behalf of the agency, astronauts Brent Jett, Chris Ferguson, Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank and Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper personally thanked the employees for their significant contributions to the space program.

Glenn Silver Snoopy award winners and their contributions follow:

Daniel Catalano, Advanced Concepts Branch, for expertise in developing and testing a variety of space flight mechanisms, creatively packaged and streamlined for on-orbit operation, to minimize crew time and maximize success rate of experiments.

Carolyn Clapper, Project Control Office, for exemplary professionalism and command of full-cost accounting that enabled Glenn's timely support to the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board and return-to-flight efforts.

Robert Corban, Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, for outstanding technical leadership in timely development and successful completion of the International Space Station's (ISS) Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF), one of the largest and most complex flight systems ever undertaken at Glenn.

Bruce Frankenfield, Thermal and Fluid Systems Branch, for his thorough and exhaustive test contributions as a member of the NASA Engineering Safety Center Assessment Team, evaluating the ISS Node 2 Ammonia System to ensure the safety and reliability of the human spaceflight program.

Dr. Robert Goldberg, Life Prediction Branch, for expertise in developing reliable computational models of advanced materials for predicting debris impact damage critical to the success of return-to-flight and the current Space Shuttle Program.

Bart Gruber, ZINT/Exploration Systems Division, for his outstanding planning and leadership as the lead for the integration, test and verification activities for the ISS FCF Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR).

Dr. Donald Jaworske, Electro-Physics Branch, for outstanding leadership in directing Glenn's contributions to the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) 1 & 2 and 3 & 4, which provided significant benefit to the next generation of spacecraft external materials for NASA space flight missions.

Scott Lawyer, ANLX/Exploration Systems Division, for outstanding contracting team leadership in ensuring safety and technical excellence in the verification and testing of integrated flight rack hardware for the ISS FCF Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR).

Michael Politi, ANLX/Advanced Concepts Branch, for outstanding leadership to the contractor team in development of the Combustion Chamber and Optics Bench for the CIR.

Dr. Mrityunjay Singh, OAI/Ceramics Branch, for innovative research and critical contributions to development of repair technologies for reinforced carbon-carbon components for the Shuttle Thermal Protection System toward return-to-flight efforts.

Each of the award winners received a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter signed by the STS–115 crew, in addition to the sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that flew on the Atlantis STS–115 mission. A luncheon in the Administration Building Auditorium for all recipients, their supervisors and nominators concluded the day's activities.

S. Jenise Veris

GATE Consortium Accelerates Glenn Technology Development

With the help of a consortium launched by the Glenn Alliance for Technology Exchange (GATE), the road map for a large-scale, continuous manufacturing process based on Glenn-developed X-aerogel technology is being implemented at the prototype scale .

Image of X-aerogel. Credit: Marvin Smith, RSIS/NASA Image left: Glenn-developed X-aerogel exhibit increased strength and flexibility compared to uncrosslinked silica aerogels. Credit: Marvin Smith, RSIS/NASA

"The consortium is the vehicle for GATE's Research and Technology Innovation Platform, part of a multipronged approach to accelerate development and commercialization of selected technologies of mutual interest to NASA and Ohio companies." said Don Majcher, OAI vice president for Collaborative Research. "X-aerogel is the most active of three Glenn Polymer Branch technologies competitively selected for the R&T Innovation Platform program. The other two technologies are chemical sensors and high-temperature polymer resins."

GATE, a collaborative program between Glenn, OAI and Battelle, fosters "spin-in and spin-out" of NASA's cutting-edge technologies, world-class facilities and staff expertise. A spin-in occurs when GATE facilitates the development of technologies by bringing in an external entity to accelerate or assist NASA in advancing its mission; a spin-off occurs when NASA’s unique technology is applied to advance a process or create a new product.

The X-aerogel is a conformal polymer cross-linking nanostructure that is 300 times stronger than the native silica aerogel, allowing for a wider range of technology opportunities. Potential X-aerogel applications include insulation materials, fuel cell membranes, ballistic impact-resistant liner materials, absorbents, filters and catalyst supports, as well as platforms for chemical, electronic and optical devices.

NASA is interested in X-aerogel for its lightweight cryogenic capabilities as an advanced insulating material for the next generation of space suits. A partnership has been formed consisting of Parker-Hannifin, Applied Sciences, Inc., Glenn's Polymer Branch and the University of Akron and OAI to conduct several demonstration projects aimed at accelerating the technology readiness within the next 12 to 18 months.

Currently Parker-Hannifin, together with Glenn, OAI and the University of Akron are developing a process for manufacturing X-aerogels conformed to sheets and thin films for a variety of industrial products such as tubes, laminates and fabrics. Applied Sciences, Inc., is working with Glenn to add carbon-nanofibers to improve and tailor X-aerogel properties such as strength, stiffness, thermal conductivity and porosity for use related to its nanomaterials company. Dr. MaryAnn Meador, Durability and Protective Coatings Branch, leads Glenn's in-house research team for all projects.

"Each of these projects has potential benefits for its industry partners and the region in terms of expanded production facilities, job creation and the critical retention of Glenn expertise," said Dr. Andrew Gyekenyesi, OAI's consortium director and senior research scientist. "At a minimum, Glenn X-aerogel technology will be much further along the technology readiness scale than would have been possible with support from NASA alone."

For more information on the R&T Innovation Platform program and other GATE projects, visit

S. Jenise Veris
in collaboration with Dr. Hugh Gray

Local Leaders Share Best Practices of Diversity

Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., was one of three executive panelists who participated in the Diversity: Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion forum held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) on November 9.

The event was part of a leadership series cosponsored by NASA Glenn, OAI and the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Commission on Economic Inclusion (CEI). The forum provided discussion of best practices related to diversity and inclusion with executive managers from three of Cleveland’s largest employers.

Heyward moderates the distinguished panelists that included, left to right, Dr. Whitlow, Dr. Plummer and Peterson. Joining Whitlow on the panel was Dr. Deborah Plummer, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic’s director, Office of Diversity; and Steven Peterson, Eaton Corporation vice president, Global Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Functional Excellence. Ann Heyward, OAI’s vice president, Workforce Enhancement, moderated.

Image right: OAI's Heyward moderates the panelists, left to right, Center Director Dr. Whitlow, Dr. Plummer and Peterson. Credit: Marvin Smith RSIS/NASA

The panelists shared philosophies on the importance of a diverse workforce and advice on how to avoid “funnel effect”—a statement of commitment with no plans or budget to actually recruit a diverse workforce.

"I believe it is crucial for potential employees to sense commitment [to diversity] from a company's top managers; otherwise, diversity initiatives are doomed to failure," Whitlow said. "That's why I like to attend career fairs at diverse professional conferences to put a face with NASA Glenn. I'm like a coach that personally encourages someone to 'come work for me'."

Stephen Pemberton, chief diversity officer and vice president, Diversity and Inclusion of (the scheduled keynote speaker who was unable to attend due to illness) forwarded data from a recent survey. The survey offered examples of ways that diverse candidates conduct job searches and what incentives they find most attractive.

A summary of this workshop and link to Monster.Com's Diversity and Inclusion research is available on Glenn's Diversity Office Web site at

S. Jenise Veris

"Special" Children's Fund Helps Employees

Graphic of boy in a wheelchair juggling a Christmas gift.The Glenn "Special" Children's Fund was organized in 1958 for the purpose of helping all Glenn employees who have children with special needs. The fund, 48 years later, continues to assist Glenn employees during this special time of year. Employees who want to be part of this tradition simply contribute the money they would normally spend on holiday cards to coworkers and postage to the fund.

Because the success of this fund depends on the Glenn community, the "Special" Children's Fund Committee asks employees to continue to be as generous as possible in their contributions. Last year's contributions totaled over $3,000. If there are no requests from employees, the money collected goes to local charities. Thanks to the support of management at Glenn, 100 percent of the money donated goes to the care of children.

Please send tax-deductible donations, no matter how small, to Carmella Bynum at Mail Stop 21–15. Cash and checks are accepted. Make checks payable to "Glenn's Special Children's Fund." To aid employees in their contributions, the committee will be sending donation envelopes in the interofffice mail. Donations can be made through January 31, 2007.

Employees needing assistance for family members should contact Suzanne Aldrich at 3–9473.


Straight from the Director

CFC 2006: Thank You for "Lighting the Way" for Those in Need

Image of Dr. Whitlow with Overton. Light is a powerful thing. Without it we feel frustrated and debilitated. Millions of people who do not have adequate food, housing or medical care know what it is like to live in darkness. They need someone to help, someone to shine the light of hope and compassion.

Image right: Center Director Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., left, with CFC Chairman Eric Overton during the CFC Kickoff. Credit: Quentin Schwinn, RSIS/NASA

Our employees who donated their time, talent and financial resources to the 2006 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) recognize the power they have to be the light for those in need. Our outstanding CFC team worked hard to provide a variety of ways for employees not only to contribute financially, but also to donate their time to the campaign. This enabled us to exceed our monetary goal of $360,000.

Image of Overton and McMillen.  Credit:  Doreen Zudell, SGT/NASA. While many people benefit from donations to the CFC, it is often difficult to realize that each person has a name and a face. During the CFC kickoff, Chief Counsel Bill Sikora shared how CFC agencies that support foster care and adoption have helped his family. His story emphasized that sometimes those in need of assistance are our own coworkers, neighbors or colleagues from other NASA centers.

Image left: CFC Chair Eric Overton and Vice Chair Linda McMillen pictured in front of the CFC goal thermometer. Credit: Doreen Zudell, SGT/NASA

Throughout this year's campaign, employees demonstrated their commitment to this cause. When inclement weather presented logistic challenges for our AutoRama, Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle events, the CFC team rescheduled these events together. This resulted in a well-attended and fun activity that enabled organizations throughout the lab to support this campaign through unique basket donations.

Our center's continued commitment to the CFC is a shining example of how we make great things happen when we come together as a team. I thank you for your time and generosity to this very worthy cause. Your participation truly does "Light the Way" for those in need.

News Briefs

Associate Administrator Visits

Image of Klem, Johnson, Dr. Whitlow, Cikanek, Saiyed, Sutliff, Taylor and Koudelka. Image right: Johnson observes cryopumps at Plum Brook's Space Power Facility. Pictured, left to right, are members of Glenn's Programs and Projects Directorate with Headquarters personnel: Mark Klem, Johnson (HQ), Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Harry Cikanek, Naseem Saiyed (HQ), John Taylor and John Koudelka. Credit: NASA

NASA Assistant Associate Administrator Christyl Johnson learned about Glenn's capabilities and efforts in the Exploration Program during a visit on October 30–31. Johnson met with Glenn managers and toured several facilities at Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station.

Disability Awareness Features Paralympic Champion

Image of Mead, Dr. Whitlow, Hinshaw and Romero.Image left: Keynote speaker Mead, second from right, accepts a plaque of appreciation from, left to right, Center Director Whitlow; DAAG Cochair Tom Hinshaw; and OEOP Director Robert Romero. Credit: Dick Woodward, NASA

On October 25, Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. saluted the "differently-abled" members of Glenn's workforce and welcomed Al Mead, former U.S. Paralympic champion and the keynote speaker of this year's Disability Awareness Month Program. Mead, who lost his leg at the age of 9, related how maintaining a positive attitude and staying focused on his vision enabled him to transcend adversity and achieve success. He noted the parallels of his philosophy with the center leadership's role in motivating a diverse workforce to make the necessary changes to win new work. Glenn's Disability Awareness Advisory Group (DAAG) and the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) sponsored the event.

National Recycling Day Raises Awareness

Image of Kennedy.Image right: Pete Kennedy SAIC/Environmental Management Branch, distributed personal recycling bins and other items, and explained the types of materials to be deposited in the 43 Recycling Sorting Stations located throughout the center. Credit: Eli Abumeri, SAIC/NASA

Glenn's Environmental Management Branch recognized National Recycling Day on November 2 by hosting a recycling fair. During the event, employees learned about the latest efforts and products created from recyclable material to reduce waste and conserve resources. Local vendors and Recycling Committee members set up displays in the upper mezzanine of the Main Cafeteria and distributed pamphlets and giveaways to serve as a daily reminder to protect the Earth. This event showed how Glenn is committed to helping the agency achieve its goal of 45-percent solid waste diversion rate by 2010 in compliance with Executive Order 13101, "Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition."

NASA Team Walks For Diabetes

Image of the 2006 NASA Team.Image left: NASA Team 2006. Credit: Photo courtesy of Linda's Lenses

The NASA Glenn team raised $7,261 in the 2006 America's Walk for Diabetes in downtown Cleveland on October 2. Forty civil servant and support service contract employees participated in the event, which raises funds to aid ongoing research, education and advocacy for diabetes. The 2006 team earned runner up in the category of Corporate Walk Team. This is the fifth year that Glenn’s Fitness Center organized the NASA team.

NASA Girls Rock-et!

Girl Scouts participate in rocket-making activity with NASA advisor. Image right: Girl Scouts construct model rockets with the guidance of Dr. McElwain. Credit: Erline Trsek/NASA

Two hundred Girl Scouts, ages 8-11, from across northeast Ohio gathered at Glenn for an educational exploration of air and space technology entitled NASA Girls Rock-et! on October 21. Hands-on activities included the construction of gliders, rockets and space suits (for potato astronauts). Nancy Hall, Dennis Stocker and Dr. Julie Kleinhenz (CWRU), Research and Technology Directorate, and Erline Trsek and Dr. Diane McElwain (NCSER), Programs and Projects Directorate, led those activities. Participants also faced a Moon survival challenge and learned about aviation from a pilot and air traffic controller. Teenage Girl Scouts, who trained at an earlier event in September, designed the event patch and helped with the activities. The event was a collaborate effort between NASA Glenn, Girls with Wings and the three local Girl Scout councils.

Calendar of Events

THIRD SATURDAY AT THE VISITOR CENTER IS WEDNESDAY IN DECEMBER: Discover advancements in space propulsion as a NASA engineer discusses ion engines and other innovations developed at NASA Glenn. This holiday event takes place on Wednesday this month (instead of Saturday), December 27 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Glenn's Visitor Center. For reservations, call 216–433–9653. For details on this and other Glenn events, log on to

AFGE MEETING: AFGE Local 2182 will hold its next monthly membership meeting on December 13, at 5 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant, 25912 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

LESA MEETING: LESA/IFPTE, Local 28, will hold its next monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, February 1, at noon in the Employee Center.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PM) CHALLENGE 2007 SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: The speakers and topics for NASA PM Challenge 2007 are now online at PM Challenge 2007 is February 6-7, 2007 at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. Register today at

National Engineers Week: The 2007 National Engineers Week (NEW) is February 18 to 24. Glenn’s Educational Programs Office (EPO) is requesting all center employees, retirees or partnering organizations’ support for this event—either as a classroom teacher or a career panelist—to encourage students to consider careers in engineering, science, math, research and technology. Speaker Response Forms are linked to “National Engineers Week Registration” on the following website Forms must be submitted to EPO by December 15. This year the classroom presentations will be scheduled from February 20 to February 23. Volunteers for the NEW Career Panel videoconference sessions should contact Dave Mazza, 216–433–6190, or email him at Three videoconferences are scheduled: Middle School, February 6, 10 to 11 a.m.; High School, February 14, 2 to 3 p.m; and Women in Engineering, February 22, 11 a.m. to Noon.


Three Graduate From Leadership Development Program

Glenn employees Barbara Kenny, James Stegeman and William Taylor were among 24 members of the 2005–2006 NASA Leadership Development Program (LDP) who celebrated the completion of their developmental year with a ceremony at NASA Headquarters on August 24. Nine Centers were represented in this year's graduating class.

Image of Stegeman, Kenny, Scales and Taylor.Image right: Pictured, left to right, Stegeman, Kenny, Scales and Taylor during the Leadership Development Program recent graduation. Credit: NASA

During the ceremony, NASA Associate Administrator for Institutions and Management, Charles Scales, praised the class on the completion of their agencywide project, Management Tools and Integration Assessment. This project assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of NASA's tools and processes used to support executive-level program decision making. The full report on this project will soon be available on the LDP web site:

The vision of the LDP is to create powerful leaders who align with NASA's vision, mission and values and who create results that matter to the American people. Program elements include developmental assignments, a class project, individual coaching, training and briefings by NASA and outside leaders. Participants must be grades 13-15 and are competitively selected at the agency level. Key to the program is participating in developmental assignments designed to broaden participant understanding and strengthen their leadership skills.


Glenn Receives Eight Space Act Awards

The NASA Inventions and Contributions Board selected eight Glenn-developed technologies as Space Act Award winners for Fiscal Year 2006. Space Act Awards are monetary rewards to inventors for outstanding scientific or technical contributions sponsored, adopted, supported or used by NASA, which are significant to aeronautics and space activities.

The Fiscal Year 2006 awards and winners are as follows:

  1. Tunnel Junction Monolithic Interconnected Module Invention: David Wilt, Photovoltaic and Space Environments Branch

  2. High Efficiency Ka-Band Traveling Wave Tube Power Combiner for High-Data Rate Deep Space Communications: Ed Wintucky, Dr. Rainee Simons, Karl Vaden and Jeffrey Glass (ZINT), Communications Division

  3. Mulifunctional, Miniature Fire Detection System: Dr. Gary Hunter, Paul Greenburg, Dr. Jennifer Xu and Robert Knight (retired)

  4. Weather Information Communication for General Aviation and Regional Aircraft, commonly known as WINCOMM: Don Hilderman, Michael Jarrell, Thomas Tanger (OAI) and Jim Griner, Communications Division

  5. Delamination-Indicating Thermal Barrier Coatings Using Luminescent Sublayers: Jeff Eldridge

  6. Blanch Resistant Thermal Barrier NiAL Coating Systems for Advanced Copper Alloys: Dr. Sai Raj

  7. L–3 Communications Electron Technologies, Inc., Model 999H Traveling Wave Tube: Dr. Jeffery Wilson, Dr. Dan Williams, Dr. Rainee Simons and Richard Krawczyk (retired). This technology was also recently recognized with one of the prestigious 2006 R&D 100 awards.

  8. High-Speed Electro-mechanical Shutter for Imaging Spectrographs: Dr. Quang-Viet Nguyen. This technology was also Glenn’s nominee for the NASA Invention of the Year competition.

To learn more about these technologies or to submit an application (NASA Form 1329) for a Space Act award, contact Laurie Stauber, Glenn’s award liaison officer, at or call 216–433–2820.

Distinguished Institution Award

Image of Dr. Williams, Dr. Seng, Ponchak, Dr. Whitlow and Dr. Lei.Image right: Dr. Dan Williams, Dr. Gary Seng, and Denise Ponchak, present AIAA award to Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow with Dr. Jih-Fen Lei, Research and Technology Director observing. Credit: NASA

Glenn received the 2006 Distinguished Institution Award during the 25th AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Portland, Ore., on October 17. The award recognizes the Center “for outstanding achievements and invaluable contributions to developing and transferring critical technologies that address national priorities through research, technology development and systems development; and for their generous support and contributions to the success of the AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee, the annual Digital Avionics Systems Conference and Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference."

Instrumentation Systems Award

Portrait of John Mihevic
The Instrumentation Systems Automation (ISA) Society bestowed the Distinguished Society Service Award to John Mihevic, Systems Management Branch, during the ISA Honor Awards Banquet held on October 16. Mihevic accepted a plaque citing his service and contributions to the ISA International Executive Board and to the ISA Cleveland Section. ISA is a leading global, nonprofit organization that develops standards for automation and certifies industry professionals by providing education and training.

Technology Transfer Award

Image of Mackin and Lichter.Image right: Mackin and Lichter accept the FLC award from Kristen Schario, FLC Midwest deputy regional coordinator, Air Force Research Laboratory. Credit: NASA

The Federal Laboratory Consortium/Midwest Region awarded the 2006 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award on October 16 to Glenn scientists Dr. Mike Mackin, Flight Software and Engineering Branch; Michael Lichter, Diagnostic and Data Systems Branch; NASA retiree David York; and their partners from Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. David Rosenbaum and Dr. Dilip Pillai, who collaborated on the Heart Arrhythmia Monitoring System. The award recognizes them for their outstanding efforts in transferring the federally funded system, originally designed for remotely monitoring astronauts in space, to the marketplace for wider application.

Disability Awareness Award

Image of Brock, Kimbro and Hinshaw.Image left: Brock and Kimbro accept their award from Tom Hinshaw, Disability Awareness Advisory Group co-chair. Credit: Dick Woodward, NASA

The team of Darla Kimbro and Lynne Sammon, Educational Programs Office, and Robert Brock, ZINT/Exploration Systems Division, received Glenn’s 2006 Disability Awareness Award during the annual Disability Awareness Program on October 25. They were recognized for facilitating a workshop to support Replay for Kids, a program where volunteers donate and adapt electronic toys for use by children with disabilities. With their guidance, a group of Lewis' Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program students not only learned the technical skills to adapt toys, but also attained the marketing skills to initiate their own outreach efforts for disability awareness and gain the necessary support of local firms.

BPW Women of the Year Nominees

Image of Martin, Crowe, Severt and Ferguson.Image right: Left to right, Glenn's BPW President Katherine Martin, Community and Media Relations Office, and Region 3– BPW President Deborah Crowe with Severt and Ferguson. Credit: NASA

The Glenn chapter of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Organization presented its nominees for Woman of the Year, Ann Ferguson, Facility Engineering Branch, and Gwen Severt, Facility Management and Planning Office, at the Region 3 BPW Conference held October 21. Ferguson was nominated for her political and legislative activism on behalf of women and PLAN, a patient health database. Severt was nominated for her extensive community outreach, on and off lab, including her role in orchestrating Young Astronaut Day.

In Appreciation

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my retirement get-together. It was a wonderful day, with many thoughtful gifts, yummy food, caring messages and sweet (and funny) messages in my memory book. The last eight-plus years have been enjoyable ones for me here at NASA, getting to know enumerable people with awesome skills and talents. My thanks also to everyone I have met for being a part of my fantastic experience here. It’s been a blast! I am a better person because you crossed my path, and I pray that you have been equally enriched.

--Mary Clemens

In Memory

William J. Napier, 86, who retired from NASA in 1986, has died. Napier was a research laboratory mechanic in the Test Installations Division. He served in the Marine Corps in WWII.

Henry B. Stankiewicz, who retired from NASA in 1984 as a mechanical engineer, has died. He served in the Army during WWII.

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