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2007 Glenn Honor Awards

2007 NASA Honor Awards Ceremony

NASA Assistant Associate Administrator Christyl Johnson joined Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. in presenting NASA's most prestigious awards and expressing appreciation to the individuals and groups who have distinguished themselves beyond the agency's high standards of performance. Johnson said that based on some of the one-on-one discussions with leadership and staff during a recent review of facilities and resources at Lewis Field and Plum Brook, "it is clear that Glenn will be a valuable component of the Vision for Space Exploration." The following award recipients personify the exceptional talent, demonstrate a clear dedication to NASA and support the goals of the agency:

Exceptional Achievement Medals

Exceptional Achievement Medal
Portrait of Bilardo Portrait of Bland.
Bilardo Bland
Portrait of Dr. Choi. Portrait of Dr. Lawrence.
Dr. Choi Dr. Lawrence
Portrait of Dr. Nguyen. Portrait of Dr. Raj.
Dr. Nguyen Dr. Raj
Vincent J. Bilardo
For achievements in the formulation and advocacy of NASA Government-led design and development of the Ares I Upper Stage to enable the Ares I ascent development flight test.

Nola L. Bland
For exceptional performance in the implementation of the new Agency Learning Management System, SATERN, at GRC and contribution to the Agency implementation team.

Dr. Benjamin B. Choi
For outstanding contributions in pioneering research in self-levitated high-power-density motors for the Nation's future aerospace missions.

Dr. Charles Lawrence
For developing and commercializing an engine-airframe structural simulation code for steady state and transient conditions that is being used by NASA, Boeing, GE, P&W and others.

Dr. Quang-Viet Nguyen
For your innovations in optical diagnostics significantly contributing to fundamental/applied combustion research that advances NASA's aerospace technology leadership.

Dr. Sai V. Raj
For understanding life-limiting material properties/developing advance performing materials and demonstrating the viability of new engineering concepts for aerospace propulsion.

George C. Soulas (not pictured)
For extraordinary contributions to the development and transfer to industry of next-generation ion propulsion thruster technology.

Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal

Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal
Portrait of Dr. Murthy.
Dr. Murthy
Dr. Pappu L. Murthy
For outstanding contributions toward development of novel structural analysis tools for components using advanced composite materials.

Exceptional Service Medals

Exceptional Service Medal
Portrait of Baldwin. Portrait of Coleman.
Baldwin Coleman
Portrait of Dever. Portrait of Fujikawa.
Dever Fujikawa
Portrait of Greco. Portrait of Heryak.
Greco Heryak
Portrait of Hopkins. Portrait of Hudson.
Hopkins Hudson
Portrait of Dr. Miranda. Portrait of Dr. Opila.
Dr. Miranda Dr. Opila
Portrait of Pierce Portrait of Sagerser
Pierce Sagerser
Portrait of Schubert. Portrait of Shook.
Schubert Shook
Portrait of Dr. Urban. Portrait of Wiersma.
Dr. Urban Wiersma
  Portrait of Dr. Zeller.
  Dr. Zeller
Bernadette M. Baldwin
For exceptional leadership, professionalism, and dedication in providing legal services to GRC.

Kevin P. Coleman
For exceptional service in records, forms and history program development and management.

Joyce A. Dever
For exceptional service in providing technical excellence and fostering effective collaborations vital to mission success.

Gene Fujikawa
For outstanding technical and management leadership in digital communications for advancing space missions.

Frank J. Greco
For sustained leadership in advancing the Agency's safety and mission assurance engineering discipline.

Michael A. Heryak
For exceptional contributions and success in developing customer-focused networking and communications services for NASA.

Dale A. Hopkins
For exemplary leadership in providing breakthrough technologies for jet engine fan cases/containment systems and engine "blade-out" failure event simulation.

Avis V. Hudson
For knowledge, dedication and outstanding leadership skills that have significantly contributed to GRC's visibility in local, regional, and national outreach efforts.

James E. Hunter (not pictured)
For significant and sustained impact to many important NASA programs.

Dr. Felix A. Miranda
For outstanding technical and managerial leadership in Antenna and Microwave Technologies for Space Communication.

Dr. Elizabeth J. Opila
For outstanding accomplishments in the area of high-temperature degradation and durability of advanced ceramic material and its successful impact on aeronautics and space efforts.

Timothy C. Pierce
For dedicated service, technical skills and judgment in providing excellent procurement services to NASA programs and the Glenn Research Center.

David A. Sagerser
For significant and sustained performance within NASA's Advanced Aircraft Program and exceptional ingenuity in building successful collaborative relationships with the Department of Defense.

Kathleen E. Schubert
For exceptional abilities and accomplishments in integrating flight project activities at Glenn Research Center.

Tony D. Shook
For sustained engineering excellence and exceptional contributions to GRC's in-house turbine engine noise-reduction projects.

Dr. David L. Urban
For outstanding technical and managerial leadership that has enabled significant enhancements to combustion science and fire safety in microgravity environments.

Lynne M. Wiersma
For many years of exceptional support to the Center's program and project organizations.

Dr. Mary V. Zeller
For outstanding technical and outreach excellence as a successful manager and steward for the Agency.

Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medals

Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medal
Portrait of Collins. Portrait of Srneck.
Collins Srneck
Myrtle L. Collins
For outstanding administrative support of the Office of the Director and NASA Glenn Research Center.

Linda Srneck
For dedication and excellence in providing secretarial support to the engineers and support personnel.

Outstanding Leadership Medals

Outstanding Leadership Medal
Portrait of Banks. Portrait of Lester.
Banks Lester
Bruce A. Banks
For outstanding leadership and exemplary service to NASA and its customers.

Mary C. Lester
For outstanding leadership in all areas of the Logistics and Technical Information Division activities and in support of the Center's focus on safety.

Equal Employment Opportunity Medals

Equal Employment Opportunity Medal
Portrait of Dr. Lei. Portrait of Robinson.
Dr. Lei Robinson
Dr. Jih-Fen Lei
For exemplary commitment to and support of NASA Glenn Research Center's equal opportunity programs and goals through mentoring, coaching and advocacy.

Frank Robinson
For exemplary commitment to and support of NASA Glenn Research Center's equal opportunity programs and goals.

Group Achievement Awards
The following awards represent the outstanding performance of team alliance uniting Glenn personnel with those from other NASA centers, government agencies, industry, and academia to develop products and processes in support of NASA missions and areas of national concern.

CIO Collaborative Tools Team
NASA Glenn and RS Information Systems, Inc.
For contributions in increasing productivity, improving product quality and saving costs across the Agency through consulting and adoption support of collaboration tools.

Great Lakes Environmental Science Mission Team
NASA Glenn, NASA Wallops, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
For significant NASA/NOAA team performance to develop an advance mobile sensor platform for first-of-a-kind hyperspectral imaging of environmental phenomena in the Great Lakes.

Low Power SOICMOS Transceiver Team
NASA Glenn, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University and North Carolina State University
For the development of Low Power, Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Transceiver Technology in support of NASA planetary robotic missions.

NASA Glenn Surface Mobility Team
NASA Glenn, OAI and U.S.Army Research Laboratory
For innovative technical and programmatic solutions and exceptional partnering approaches for the development of the next generation of planetary exploration mobility systems.

NEXT Thruster Development Team
NASA Glenn, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aerojet-General Corporation, Alphaprt, Inc., ASRC Aerospace, Jacobs Sverdrup, and Sierra Lobo Corporation
For the highly successful design, fabrication, and testing of NEXT ion propulsion thruster technology.

Service Module Collaborative Concept Team
NASA Glenn, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Jacobs Sverdrup, Media Fusion, QUALIS, SAIC and SGTI
For successfully demonstrating independent, Government-led design activities for the Crew Exploration Vehicle Service Module through an inter-center collaborative design team.

John H. Glenn Research Center Awards

Portrait of Dr. Carney.
Dr. Carney
Abe Silverstein Medal
This award recognizes outstanding research contributions that have led to widely recognized practical applications.

Dr. Kelly S. Carney
For your Critical Analytical Technologies that enable a successful Space Shuttle Return to Flight Program.

Steven V. Szabo Engineering Excellence Award
This award recognizes excellence in engineering that contributes to the mission of the Glenn Research Center. It is the most prestigious engineering award given by Glenn. One award is given to an individual or team.

Encapsulated Service Module Team
For the unique design of the Service Module (SM) that has saved the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), in particular the Service Module 1500 lbm as well as enable the SM to meet it's major power and heat rejection requirement.

Image of 2007 Szabo award team. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris, (SGTI) NASAPictured, left to right: Thomas O. Cressman, Daniel A. Catalano, Thomas W. Goodnight, David R. McCurdy, Timothy M. Roach and Reza N. Zinolabedini.

Craftsmanship Awards
The award annually recognizes outstanding accomplishments in craftsmanship--one for manufacturing and one for assembly and build-up technologies--that contribute to the mission of the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Manufacturing Technologies Category
Hypersonic Inlet Mode Transition (IMX) Manufacturing Team
For fabrication and instrumentation of the IMX using the Machining and Instrumentation trades. This one-of-a-kind design and an experimental model will be tested to map inlet performance, boundary layer control configurations and bleed flow rate schedules for the Mach number ranges.

Photo of the IMX team. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris, (SGTI)Pictured, left to right: Steven M. Miller, Chris J. Conrad, Tonya L. Merriweather, Timothy J. Heineke, Timothy A. Dunlap and Walter A. Wozniak. Al V. Blaze (not pictured)

Portrait of Perez.
Assembly and Buildup Technologies Category
Michael Perez
For leadership and innovative design, machining and assembly of components, custom mounts, wires, etc. into a flight box, which was mounted on the side of Glenn's T-34 aircraft for the Great Lakes Environmental Aerial Monitory Mission.

Distinguished Publication Award
"A Phenomenological High Strain Rate Model with Failure for Ice," by Dr. Kelly S. Carney, David J. Benson, Paul DuBois, Ryan Lee
For developing a new model for predicting high velocity ice impact that benefits the flight safety of the Space Shuttle and commercial aviation.

Image of Native American Advisory Council. C-2007-01157_m. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith (RSIS) Diversity Leadership Award
Native American Advisory Council (NAAC)
Among the Center's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs advisory groups, the Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) has excelled in its collective efforts to increase the representation and the understanding of Native Americans and contributing significantly to the valuing and affirming of diversity among the Center's workforce. Through the many and varied activities it has conducted or supported over the past year, the NAAC has effectively promoted the achievement and value of diversity.

Pictured, left to right: James B. Jackson, George R. Harpster, Avis V. Hudson, Jeremy W. John, Mark W. Manthey, Raquel L. Redhouse, Denise R. Busch and Joseph W. Connolly

Senior Executive Service Appointments
Thomas W. Hartline, director, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate
William R. Humphries, deputy director, Space Flight Systems Directorate
Robert W. Morehead, director, Space Flight Systems Directorate
George R. Schmidt, deputy director, Research and Technology Directorate
David L. Stringer, manager, Plum Brook Station

Career Service Awards
Fifty-Years of Service
Dr. Robert C. Hendricks, Research and Technology Directorate
David M. Herb (retired), Project Management Branch
Erwin V. Zaretsky, Structures and Materials Division

Forty-Five Years of Service
Clifford H. Arth, Communication System Integration Branch
Ernest Bertone II, Systems Management Branch
Ihor Kramarchuk, Digital Communications Branch
John J. Svoboda, Space Comb & Microgravity Technical Branch
Dr. Roy C. Tew, Jr., Thermal Energy Conversion Branch

Forty-Years of Service
Robert C. Anderson, Optical Instrumentation & NDE Branch
Elmer C. Bartels, Precision Machining Development Branch
Leo A. Burkardt, Projects Liaison & Integration Office
Robert L. Cataldo, Power Systems Analysis Branch
Dr. Christos C. Chamis, Research & Technology Directorate
Daniel D. Chrulski (retired), Space Combustion & Microgravity Technical Branch
John W. Gaff (retired), Office of the Director
Dr. Marvin E. Goldstein, Research & Technology Directorate
Dr. Hugh R. Gray, New Business & Partnership Office
Albert L. Johns, Inlet & Nozzle Branch
Robert S. Mattingly, Advance Metallics Branch
Dr. Jeffrey H. Miles, Acoustics Branch
Thomas C. Murray, IT Operations Office
Edward J. Pluta (retired), Space Combustion & Microgravity Technical Branch
Stephen M. Riddlebaugh, Technology Transfer & Partnership Office
John E. Rohde (retired), Vehicle Systems Projects Office
David A. Sagerser, Advanced Aircraft Projects Office
Lawrence J. Schroeder, Jr., Systems Management Branch
Ronald L. Shaw (retired), R&D Labs Technical Branch
Carl L. Silski, Procurement Division
Wendell White, Aeropower and Propulsion Technical Branch
Richard P. Woodward, Acoustics Branch

The following awards recognized at the ceremony were published with the recipients previously in the AeroSpace Frontiers newsletter. They include:
Senior Scientific and Professional Corps
Bruce M. Steinetz

Presidential Rank Awards
Vernon W. Wessel, Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service
Olga D. Gonzalez-Sanabria, Meritorius Executive in the Senior Executive Service
Isaiah M. Blankson, Meritorius Senior Professional

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By S. Jenise Veris

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