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Federal Women's Program Awards

Image of Calhoun at podium. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith
Image of Ginty at podium. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith
Glenn's Women's Advisory Group presented the 2007 Federal Women's Program Awards during the Women's Month Celebration on March 28. The award honors two male or female civil servants--supervisor and nonsupervisor categories--who make outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at Glenn. The award is based on abilities in leadership, setting and pursuing goals, self-motivation and membership in organizations. Cynthia Calhoun, chief of the Assurance and Risk Management Branch, received the supervisory award. She was nominated by Jennifer Jones, ALPH/NASA Safety Center. Carol Ginty, Vehicle Systems Project Office, received the nonsupervisory award. She was nominated by Barbara Kakiris, ANLX/Vehicle Systems Project Office.

Images right: Calhoun (top) and Ginty (bottom) at the awards ceremony. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

Patent Issued

Portrait of Dr. Manning.
Dr. Manning
Dr. Robert Manning, Communications Division, was issued a United States Patent for his invention titled, "Real-Time Signal-to-Noise Ratio Estimation for BPSK and QPSK Modulation Using the Active Communications Channel." This invention discloses a mathematical method and associated algorithm to estimate signal-to-noise ratio on an active communications channel carrying binary phase shift keying (BPSK) or quadrature phase Shift Keying (QPSK) modulation. Manning's patented technique alleviates the need for additional equipment such as a separate satellite beacon and ground station receiver, to assess the quality of a communication channel.

Portrait of Dr. DiCarlo.
Dr. DiCarlo
Best Paper Award

Dr. James DiCarlo, Structures and Materials Division, and Mark van Roode of Solar Turbines will receive an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Best Paper Award at the ASME Turbo Expo 2007, this month. The ASME Ceramics Committee selected DiCarlo and van Roode's paper entitled "Ceramic Composite Development for Gas Turbine Engine Hot Section Components" from those presented at the ASME Turbo Expo 2006.

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