Aerospace Frontiers

Volume 9, Issue 5
May 2007

Strategic Planning Will Transform Glenn to Meet Agency Directives

During an All Hands meeting on April 5, Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. highlighted a recent strategic planning meeting and a new governance structure that will help propel Glenn into the future and ensure success in implementing the agency’s mission.

Center Director addresses employees from podium. C-2007-417. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith (RSIS) Whitlow shared information on the two and one-half-day Glenn Senior Leadership Strategy Meeting, held March 19-21. He noted that NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden, who attended a portion of the retreat, provided a perspective on NASA's future, and discussed how Glenn can help the agency in achieving its mission.

Image left: Dr. Whitlow addresses employees during All Hands meeting. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

"I'd like to thank the senior management team for all their hard work at the retreat...and their willingness to participate in open, honest and frank discussions," Whitlow said.

As Glenn transitions to work that increases development activities, center leadership agreed on the following goals for the center, in priority order:

  • Be a valued leader in space flight systems development.
  • Be known for excellence in project management.
  • Excel in aeronautics and space research.
  • Become an integral part of the Ohio community and the nation.
Whitlow highlighted several challenges in pursuit of these goals; including five major areas:

  • Obtaining sufficient workforce with the necessary skills to allow us to meet our commitments.
  • Managing a cultural change that results in workforce adoption of the discipline and tempo required for space flight systems development.
  • Eliminating all internal competition such that the center operates as a unified team.
  • Ensuring that we have the proper infrastructure.
  • Practicing open communications and sharing information freely and equally inside and outside of the center.
Several recent activities, however, are helping the center alleviate these challenges. Notably, Whitlow reported on the center reorganization. Glenn has created a single customer focus interface for space projects and refocused its work force to address new projects.

"Staffing levels are a big challenge for us at this time," Whitlow said. "We have to determine our priorities, and where we are going to put our civil servant (and contractor) work force in order to do all the tasks."

Glenn has addressed the need to recruit managers with space flight development experience, a vital issue raised during the center's readiness assessment in late 2005. Leadership has been added in the areas of Space Flight, Safety and Mission Assurance, Research and Technology and Plum Brook Station.

A new governance model, based on five management councils, has been adopted to improve communication, management and integration within the center. This structure parallels the governance model used at Headquarters.

The center has also implemented a retraining initiative in the area of systems engineering and safety and mission assurance. Retraining efforts are on the horizon for program/project management.

Space Flight Systems Director Robert Moorehead said he is confident that Glenn has the resources to complete current work. He noted that Glenn's continuing marketing efforts and proven abilities will ensure work for years to come.

"Glenn has a very good reputation (across the agency) for work on space station and other power systems," Moorhead said. "With that kind of demonstrated performance, we’ll be able to land work to fully utilize the work force."

During a question and answer session, employees posed questions to Whitlow and panelists--Director of Space Flight Systems Robert Moorehead, Deputy Director of Space Flight Systems Randy Humphries, Director of Research and Development Dr. Jih-Fen Lei and Director of External Programs John Hairston--on such topics as staffing, prioritizing work, development versus research efforts and community outreach.

Whitlow concluded that senior management will continue to work the issues outlined in the All Hands. He invited center employees to stay tuned for further updates during the upcoming State of the Center Address.

Editor's note: The Director's complete slide presentation on the All Hands is located in an April 13 Today@Glenn posting.

Two members of center leadership address questions. C-2007-423. Credit: Marvin Smith (RSIS) Employee asks questions during question and answer period. C-2007-419. Credit: Marvin Smith (RSIS) Two members of center leadership answer questions. C-2007-420. Credit: Marvin Smith (RSIS)
Image above: Hairston and Humphries answer questions on public outreach and space flight systems development during the All Hands meeting. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith Image above: Dr. Shantaram Pai, Structural Machanics and Dynamics Branch, was one of several employees who asked questions during the All Hands meeting. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith Image above: Moorehead and Dr. Lei answer questions on space flight systems and research and development during the All Hands meeting. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

By Doreen B. Zudell

New Badge System to be Instituted Throughout Federal Government

Glenn begins the process of implementing a new badge system this month that will enhance security, increase government efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy.

The new badge system is in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), a presidential directive that requires federal agencies to implement a mandatory, governmentwide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for their federal employees and contractors. Every federal employee and contractor will be affected. More specifically, anyone who works or visits NASA centers will see changes.

Security personnel train on badging system. Credit: Doreen B. Zudell (SGTI)Image right: Amanda Anderson (SSI), Phil Oberhaus (KPSI) and Ron Jurgen (SSI), Security Management and Safeguards Office, test equipment to be used in new badging process. Credit: NASA/Doreen B. Zudell

"NASA Headquarters and each center have established teams to implement the HSPD-12 requirements and the accompanying standards, policies and guidelines," explained Glenn's HSPD–12 Implementation Manager Les Farkas, Office of the Chief Information Officer. "A team consisting of representatives from the various directorates within Glenn is collaborating to implement this process locally."

The new badge system will come in the form of a "smartcard" badge, which will allow physical and information technology access to Glenn and all other NASA centers and federal agencies. The smartcard will be equipped with a computer chip that stores and protects certain identity information about an individual.

Rebadging is a two-part process that requires two visits to rebadging stations in the Development Engineering Building Annex. The first "enrollment" visit requires employees to present two forms of identification. During this visit, a processor will take a photograph, scan fingerprints and obtain the signature of the applicant. After the credentials have been secured, an approval process takes place to verify the credentials. Applicants receive their smartcard during the second "finalization" visit and will be instructed on its usage.

"The enrollment visit is the most extensive and could take up to 20 minutes to complete," explained Badging Coordinator Linda McMillen, Enterprise Environments Branch. "Employees will need to bring two forms of identification, such as a driver's license, passport, social security card or certified birth certificate. A full list of approved documents will be provided to employees prior to their scheduled enrollment visit. Current NASA badges cannot be used for identification."

Glenn's Desktop Integration Group is developing hardware and software for a smartcard reader that will be used agencywide. ODIN will deploy smartcard readers throughout Glenn during the coming months, with completion expected before the end of the calendar year.

"In addition to the security aspect, the smartcard will eventually serve as the sole credential federal badge, eliminating the need for various passwords," Farkas said.

The background investigation and new smartcard badge are requirements to continue work for the federal government, effective October 27, 2007. Access to the center can be denied if employees do not meet these requirements. Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station employees will receive notices from the HSPD-12 team with specific instructions on enrollment throughout the coming months.

Ongoing activities regarding this effort can be located at (internal only). Please direct all questions regarding HSPD-12 to Farkas at 216-433-5235 or by email at

Editor's Note: The AeroSpace Frontiers will be publishing articles on other important aspects of the HSPD-12 in upcoming issues.

By Doreen B. Zudell

Earth Week 2007 Highlights

Glenn's Earth Day Committee enjoyed widespread support for this year's environmental awareness week activities held April 17-22. The committee coordinated a variety of activities and displays, onsite and offsite, that generated employee and public inquiry about energy conservation not only at Glenn but also throughout the country. Committee members include David Forth (SAIC), chair; Dan White, trustee and adviser; and Michele Kenzig, treasurer, from the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Members-at-large include Eli Abumeri (SAIC), Rowena Butler, Sandra Jacobson (SAIC), Pete Kennedy (SAIC), Walt Kocher (CSU), Dan Papcke, Mike Quintin (SAIC), Linda Sekura (CSU), Aaron Walker (SAIC) and Wai Wan (SAIC) from the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; Ernie Bertone, Bill Hower (SAIC), Steve Hershman (SAIC) and Rosemary Giesser (PBOS) from the Engineering Directorate; Nora Blackman (RSIS), Anne Power and Sandy Valenti (SAIC), from the Center Operations Directorate; Gwenn Geist, BTAS/External Programs Directorate; and Bernadette Puleo, Research & Technology Directorate.

Below are a few photographs highlighting some of the events:

Employees bike to work. Public enter Aero Traveling Exhibit Bus. Renewable energy demonstration at the Zoo.
Richard Cavicchi, Aeropropulsion Division, and committee members Geist and Wan participated in the "Bike to Work" event.

Nearly 700 people toured NASA's Aero Traveling Exhibit Bus at the Cleveland Zoo's EarthFest event. The bus offered a relaxing view of the Water Planet film and the Galaxy Song video assembled by Glenn's own Eli Abumeri.

Ken Burke, Power and In-Space Propulsion Division, demonstrated a solar-powered hydrogen fuel cell system, as an example of Glenn's renewable energy research at the Zoo's EarthFest. In between the scheduled demonstrations, Blackman (not pictured) cited historical and current examples of Glenn's renewable energy efforts and fielded questions from the public.

Earth Day crafts at Lewis Little Folks. Green Energy display in the Main Cafeteria. Energy-saving light display
Earth Day Committee members led a recycling craft activity and distributed flower seeds at Lewis Little Folks onsite child development center. Pictured, left to right, are Quynhgiao Nguyen, Durability and Protective Coatings Branch, with daughter, Hope; Geist; and Carl Mueller, Antenna, Microwave and Optical Systems Branch, with daughter, Nicole.

Fletcher Miller, National Center for Microgravity Research and vice president of Green Energy, standing center, answered questions at the Green Energy display in the Main Cafeteria. He later made a presentation on wind energy resources in Ohio and worldwide.

Sekura helped distribute 2,434 compact florescent light bulbs donated by TCP Industries during Earth Week. Mike Blair, BTAS/Community and Media Relations, got his giveaway while the popular item lasted. The six-pack of bulbs boasts a lifetime of seven years per bulb and can significantly reduce greehouse gas emissions over the life of the bulb when used to replace standard bulbs.

Earth Week displays at Plum Brook. GoBot, the NASA robot, with family. Employees visit Earth Week displays.
Quintin, in the blue shirt, was one of six Earth Day Committee members, along with local vendors, who staffed the Earth Week exhibit at Plum Brook Station on April 19. Quintin's display highlighted Glenn's Environmental Management System. James Ford's GoBot, part of Glenn's exhibit at the Zoo's EarthFest, greeted the public with water saving tips and flashed film clips from a documentary on the planet's fresh water crisis, in addition to facts about the universe. More than 600 employees visited the 23 displays/poster boards that were part of the Earth Week exhibit in the Main Cafe.

Photo Credit: NASA/Eli Abumeri

By S. Jenise Veris

Maldari's Hobby Grows Dearer With the Years

Image of Fay Maldari. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris (SGTI) Since retiring from NASA's Facilities and Technical Engineering Division in 1997, Fay Maldari has become a passionate gardener who enthusiastically shares her knowledge and the bounty of her labor with her local community.

Image right: Maldari stands by one of her many indoor plants. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris

"Other grandmothers carry pictures of their grandchildren; I carry pictures of my garden," said Maldari, a grandmother of four. "I was invited to become a member of the Ridgewood Garden Club on the strength of the pictures, alone."

Small but eclectic, Maldari's garden features an incredible variety of plants and structures assembled in "vignettes" (small sections) to represent countries that she has visited. A native of the Philippines, Maldari noted that her personal favorite is the Japanese section that features a meditation bench and Buddha statue with prayer stones. A trip to Europe inspired sections defined by an iron trellis to resemble the Eiffel Tower for Paris; an arbor of concord grapes with wisteria to resemble the vineyards of Italy; and a formal-patterned area of flowers with birdbath to resemble the grand gardens of England estates usually highlighted by fountains.

Japanese section in Maldari's garden.  Credit: Fay MaldariImage left: Maldari's favorite section of her garden. Credit: Fay Maldari.

Maldari's garden also contains a variety of herbs and potted plants in unusual containers such as golf shoes, a chair seat and a bed frame.

When in full bloom, Maldari’s garden poses such a spectacular view that the Ridgewood Garden Club holds their annual fundraiser at her home. This setting sparks customers’ creativity for their own gardens, and results in ample sales.

"We sell potted plants from divided perennials donated by club members, many of which customers are invited to see on a tour of my garden," Maldari said. "Last year's proceeds funded the garden club’s local scholarship. We also donated plants to a hospice center and a nearby nursing home."

Flower quilt on recycled bed. Credit: Fay Maldari.Image right: Maldari designed a beautiful quilt out of flowers for a recycled bed. Credit: Fay Maldari

Maldari lends her time and green thumb to enhance the landscape along the prayer walk at her church, Divinity Lutheran in Parma Heights, as well. The church originally planted hostas and evergreens for low maintenance, but Maldari has incorporated a variety of plants, flowers and trees (for each of the prayer stations) whose names are mentioned in The Bible. They include Lamb's Ear, Dogwood and Fig trees, Lilies of the Valley, Rose of Sharon and Twelve Apostles. Since adding the unique array of plants and flowers, parishioners now schedule wedding pictures and rehearsal teas in the area.

"As the years go by, I’ve come to see each plant as a blessing that I never want to waste," Maldari said. "That is why I keep the cuttings and divisions and pot them to share with guests or just to spread some cheer."

By S. Jenise Veris

Retirement Luau for Deputy Director

Image of Deputy Director in Hawaiian shirt in front of Glenn Hangar. NASA Glenn will host a luau in honor of Center Deputy Director Richard Christiansen, who will retire on June 1. The luau will take place on May 31 at LaCentre in Westlake. The reception begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p. m. The cost is $35 (cash bar).

For reservations, or to send comments, well-wishes or presentation items, please send them no later than Friday, May 25, to:

NASA Glenn Research Center
Attn: Denise Kelly
Office of the Director
21000 Brookpark Road, MS 3-2
Cleveland, OH 44135

Speakers Bureau Builds Relationships Between NASA and the Public

Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. and senior leadership joined the Community and Media Relations Office (CMRO) in thanking 76 employees/retirees for their contributions to the NASA Glenn Speakers Bureau during a Recognition Breakfast on April 12.

Image of four Glenn Speakers Bureau members. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris, SGTI Image right: Speakers who made 100 presentations or more over the past five years are, left to right, Bauman, Crell, Trsek and Palaszewski. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris

Glenn's Speakers Bureau comprises engineers, scientists and other professionals who represent the center as speakers to civic, professional and educational organizations. Each year, speakers provide more than 700 presentations to over 60,000 people. The Speakers Bureau is a free service of Glenn as a part of the center's community outreach efforts.

During the recent recognition event, Dr. Whitlow restated the senior leadership's goal of making Glenn an integral part of the Ohio community and the nation. He stressed how the Speakers Bureau plays an important role in building better relationships and greater public awareness.

"Your service is of infinite value in gaining support for the agency and the center," said Whitlow. "The 60,000 folks you spoke to over the past year made a huge impact because NASA, through you, became real people and neighbors. And for that, I personally offer my thanks."

David DeFelice, on behalf of CMRO Chief Linda Dukes-Campbell, joined Speakers Bureau Coordinator Cheryl McCallum, BTAS/Community and Media Relations, in presenting bureau members in attendance a certificate of appreciation and a laser pointer/pen. Four members, who exceeded 100 presentations over the past five years, also received a gift certificate to the Exchange Store. They included Bill Crell, retiree (248); Bryan Palaszewski, Aeropropulsion Division (177); and Steve Bauman (121) and Erline Trsek (101), both from Structures and Materials Division.

McCallum said that Glenn's Speakers Bureau enjoys the largest active membership across the agency. In fact, NASA's Strategic Communications Office has held up Glenn as an example of "best practices" for innovative outreach methods on several occasions.

"Our bureau members are aggressive, knowledgeable and stellar speakers," McCallum said. "Because they enjoy and believe in what they do here at Glenn, they are ideal ambassadors for spreading the NASA story in a personal way. Their presentations are so successful that they continually generate new interest in the NASA mission. Requests for future speaking engagements just pour in," McCallum added.

The NASA Speakers Bureau Program was established to share how the space program affects the public. Speakers Bureau members educate the public and encourage them to take ownership of the agency through such topics as the Vision for Space Exploration, Mars Missions or Living in Space. Audiences include preschool to college classes, libraries and museums, scouts and professional and technical groups.

During the breakfast, DeFelice encouraged members to seek new audiences who are unfamiliar with how NASA's mission affects their lives. He also hopes to add new members from a diverse career base this year, including senior leadership.

"It's in our best interest to keep our most valuable customer, the public, informed and excited about what we do," DeFelice said. "We welcome senior leaders and their ideas in this effort. It's vital for the public to see employees of all different levels speaking in support of the agency."

For a complete list of Speakers Bureau members recognized at the Speakers Bureau Recognition Breakfast, see

By S. Jenise Veris

Federal Employees Unite for Local Tutoring Program

When Michael Heryak, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and team members from other local federal agencies graduated from the Cleveland Federal Community Leadership Institute (CFCLI) last summer, their work was far from done. A tutoring program they had developed while in the CFCLI program needed to be launched--and they vowed to do it.

CFCLI is a one-year career development program, organized by the Cleveland Federal Executive Board (FEB) that identifies and develops leaders committed to advancing greater cooperation among federal agencies, and to strengthening community partnerships.

Two members of CFCLI Education Team with student. Credit: NASA/Doreen B. ZudellImage left: Stephan Ulmore, seated, a fourth grader at Clare E. Westropp School, meets with tutor, Jerry DeGarmo, FBI, while Heryak, standing, looks on. Credit: NASA/Doreen B. Zudell

Heryak and participants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Post Office, the United States Coast Guard and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service were part of the 2005-2006 CFCLI Education Team. The team was tasked to identify an education-related need in the Greater Cleveland community.

"The Cleveland Municipal School District has experienced severe budget cuts, which forced the cancellation of the Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) tutor intervention program in the 2004-2005 school year," Heryak explained. "The elimination of this successful program, which was conducted in 50 elementary and K-8 Cleveland schools, took away a valuable service to the students."

With the goal of developing a new tutoring program, the CFCLI Education Team researched past and present effective tutoring programs. They met with the Greater Cleveland Partnership's (GCP) Director of Education Initiatives, David W. Anderson, in January 2006 to discuss various possibilities for GCP and FEB partnering.

Based on the team's assessments, they determined that focusing on K-4 in the areas of reading and math would provide the biggest impact on children's education. The direct results of tutoring would not only improve overall comprehension and performance in school, but measurable test results could be obtained from the standardized academic tests given throughout the year.

The GCP agreed to support the project and recommended Memorial Elementary School on E. 152 and Clara E. Westropp School on Puritas Avenue as the pilot schools for the 2006-2007 school year.

While the 2005-2006 CFCLI Education Team officially disbanded in June 2006, most of the members agreed to stay together to see the project through fruition. They solicited tutors from various federal agencies, conducted training and developed a schedule for one-hour tutoring sessions within the two schools. They recruited 48 federal employees who are in the process of tutoring 31 students within the two schools. Eight employees are from NASA Glenn.

A graduate of the Cleveland schools, Heryak is proud that he has the opportunity to nurture today's students through this program. "This experience shows that federal employees tutoring within the community help to create a partnership between the federal government and the local community," Heryak said. "By participating in this program, tutors, students, parents and teachers interact in constructive ways that benefit all involved."

With positive feedback from the schools, the team hopes to expand the number of tutors to 100 during the 2007-2008 school year. Heryak hopes that many of the new tutors are from NASA Glenn and is seeking one of them, or one of the current tutors, to assume his role as the center's tutor coordinator.

By Doreen B. Zudell

Straight from the Director

Glenn Poised to Help Meet Aeronautics Research Goals

The nation's first aeronautics research and development policy, established through an Executive Order in December 2006, recognizes that throughout history the U.S. Government has played a leading role in advancing the fundamental scientific principals and technologies on which modern aviation is built.

Glenn Center Director sitting at table with NASA Associate Administrator of Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. C-2006-810. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith (RSIS) Image left: Dr. Whitlow works closely with NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Dr. Lisa Porter. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

The National Aeronautics Research and Development (R&D) Policy defines the principles upon which Federal Government aeronautics R&D will be based and the policy goals, objectives and general guidelines that will drive Federal Government aeronautics research activities through 2020.

The policy outlines specific roles of the Federal Government in aeronautics R&D. Specifically, the policy states that NASA "should maintain a broad range fundamental research effort aimed at preserving the intellectual stewardship and mastery of aeronautics core competencies so that the nation's world-class aeronautics expertise is retained. These core competencies also include key aeronautical capabilities that support NASA's human and robotic space activities."

The policy further states that NASA should conduct research in key areas related to the development of advanced aircraft technologies and systems that support the Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, the Joint Planning and Development Office and other executive departments and agencies.

NASA Glenn's Role

Our center is poised to help the nation meet the goals of this policy. Over the last 50 years, we have been recognized as a leader in air-breathing propulsion research. Building on this reputation, we continue to use our world-class staff and facilities, and work with other NASA centers, to ensure the success of the NASA Aeronautics programs and to enable the nation to meet aeronautics challenges. Air-breathing engines in the future will have to be safer, more fuel-efficient, higher-performing and more environmentally friendly. With our expertise in advancing engine aerodynamics, high-temperature structures and materials, and instrumentation and controls, we are critical to the long-term success of the policy's goals and objectives.

Some of our most recent successes under the new NASA Aeronautics programs include testing a scale model geared turbofan in our 9-foot by 15-foot Low-Speed Wind Tunnel simulated flight environment to verify the turbofan's aerodynamic performance, acoustic noise levels and mechanical and structural response characteristics. The propulsion simulator model is an exact scale replica of the current design under development for a new ultra high-bypass engine cycle to power the next generation of 737-type aircraft.

We have conducted successful tests of alternative fuels for jet engines. Researchers in the Structures and Materials Division developed a reliable and efficient technique to accurately measure the adhesion of coatings to engine materials. In addition, a condensed version of lectures and presentations by our staff on pressure-sensitive paint measurement will be used by the Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as course material.

Our research leadership is evidenced through several recent recognitions of staff members by professional organizations such as the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, the Joint Army/Navy/NASA/Air Force Interagency Propulsion Committee and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

While we have an outstanding record of leadership in aeronautics R&D, we must not rest on our laurels. The National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy reminds us that we have an obligation to this nation in advancing scientific knowledge and technologies for the betterment of humankind. Using the nation's best aeronautics minds to help shape and support this new policy is not just the smart thing to do. It is the right thing to do.

News Briefs

WAG Event Advocates Women's Contributions

Women's History Month speaker at podium. C-2007-000. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith (RSIS)Image left: Kling stresses the importance of realistic role models. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

During Glenn's 2007 Women's History Month Celebration on March 28, Center Director, Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., and Channel 3 Meteorologist, Betsy Kling, discussed women and their role in history, and the importance of nurturing girls' interest in math- and science-related careers. Kling's informative, yet humorous, presentation offered facts, photographs and commentary to depict how misconceptions have discouraged girls from pursuing careers in math- and science-related fields. Kling shared some of her own career challenges and stressed the importance of providing young girls with positive, realistic role models. During this event, Glenn's Women's Advisory Group (WAG) also presented the 2007 Federal Women's Program Awards (see the Awards section in this issue).

Astronaut Petit Tests eZLS

Astronaut tests Glenn biomedical hardware. C-2007-451. Credit: Marvin Smith (RSIS) Image right: Pettit tries out the eZLS. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

After presenting "Science of Opportunity on the International Space Station" at Cleveland Clinic's Biomedical Engineering Department, astronaut Don Pettit visited Glenn's Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory (ECL) to experience the Enhanced Zero Locomotion Simulator (eZLS). By noting Pettit's reactions during his run on the eZLS, ECL researchers were able to learn more about how the eZLS compares to astronauts' actual exercise on the International Space Station.

Lunchtime Gatherings for Diversity Exchange

Employees at Diversity Dialog Brown Bag session. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris (SGTI)Image left: Speaking, Gary Klem, chief, System Safety and Reliability Engineering Branch with around the table, left to right, Cynthia Dreibelbis, SGTI/Technology Transfer Partnership Office; Ann Ferguson, GTA/Facilities Division; Eric Clark, Photovoltaics and Space Environments; Ken Aguilar, director, Center Operations; Tesfahunei Tecle, Propulsion, Structures and Thermal Systems Division; and Belinda Walker, SGTI/Office of Strategic Management. Credit: NASA/S. Jenise Veris

"Change Management," a structured process and set of tools for leading the people side of change was the topic of a diversity dialogue brown bag session hosted by the Diversity Management Office in the Administration Building Foyer, April 12. Glenn's Tom Spicer, Office of Human Resources and Workforce Planning, and Chuck O'Brien of the Career Transition Assistance Program, facilitated the session that stimulated open conversation between employees and managers. The informal gathering encouraged the exchange of personal perspectives and suggestions for how individuals can effectively deal with the technical and organization changes underway at the center and across the agency. Bi-monthly diversity dialogue brown bag sessions are part of a centerwide Diversity Leadership Initiative to promote open communications and to identify potential barriers to building productive work teams. The next session, the second installment of Change Management, will be noon, June 14, at the same location.

FIRST Competition Honors

YTA students and mentors in the pit. Credit: George BilokonskyImage right: Glenn mentor Eric Miller, second from the right, helps YTA students fine tune robot in the FIRST pits at Atlanta. Credit: George Bilokonsky

Glenn engineers proudly mentored the Cuyahoga Community College Youth Technology Academy (YTA) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Team onto victory in the FIRST Robotics Championship at the Florida Regional, March 10. The win earned YTA a trip to the national Robotics Championship in Atlanta, April 12-14, where they finished in the semifinals among the nation's best. YTA also earned one of Florida's Judges Awards "for the team's unique partnership of students from eight urban high-schools coupled with professional mentors from government (NASA) and industry (Sherwin-Williams) to provide opportunity to a diverse crosssection of teenage youth in Cleveland." Schools represented were East High, East Tech, Glenville, Lincoln West, Max Hayes, James Ford Rhodes, Jane Addams and Success Tech. Glenn team mentors include George Baaklini, Power and Avionics Division; Mark Polijak, Propulsion, Structures and Thermal Systems Division; Eric Miller, Computing Science Division; and Lawrence Oberle, Instrumentation and Controls Division.


Greenbauer-Seng Promoted

Portrait of Greenbauer-Seng
Leslie Greenbauer-Seng has been selected deputy chief of the Communications Division. Greenbauer-Seng previously served as chief of the Durability and Protective Coatings Branch with oversight of research studies of the high-temperature behavior, environmental durability and development of protective coatings for advanced structural and functional materials for aerospace and power systems applications. She also served a detail as the deputy chief of the Materials and Structures Division. In addition to excellent management skills, Greenbauer-Seng has amassed a wide variety of experience including establishing and managing the unique ground-based NASA Glenn Microgravity Material Science Laboratory from 1983-1986. She also served as Glenn's colead for a cultural change initiative that became an agencywide model and source of key cultural change processes and tools.

Lizalyn Smith Honored

Portrait of Smith
Crain's Cleveland Business recognized Lizalyn Smith, Propulsion, Structures and Thermal Systems Division, as a member of this year's "Twenty in Their 20's" class for her contributions to Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio business community. Crain's publisher Brian Tucker recognized each of the recipients during a recent ceremony. Smith is the president of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, which educates Cleveland-area high school students about engineering. She also serves as a mentor for the Footprints for Girls Program that provides role models for at-risk female students.

Calendar of Events

DE-STRESS ON WEDNESDAYS: Learn to manage stress rather than letting it manage you! Spend 45 minutes in this NEW relaxation class to help your mind function more efficiently in the workplace. Classes, sponsored by the Organization Development and Training Office and Singleton Health Services, are held every Wednesday from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Small Dining Room. Come dressed as you are. No special attire needed. POC: Fitness Center, 216-433-6313.

ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH OBSERVANCE: The month of May is National Asian Pacific Americans Heritage Month. Glenn will hold an observance event on Wednesday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. Deepak Sarma, Assistant Professor for Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University. A cultural performance and cuisine sampling will follow. POC: Avis Hudson, 216-433-6072, or Larry Liou, 216-433-7433.

NATIONAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY: Bring your walking shoes and step out on Wednesday, May 16. Walk the 1.4-mile Taylor-Walcott loop anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy refreshing fruit and sign up for door prizes at the southeast entrance of the Employee Center. Blood pressure screenings and nutrition education displays will be located inside the Employee Center. POC: Fitness Center, 216-433-6313.

WOMEN'S RETIREMENT LUNCHEON: The next luncheon for Glenn female retirees will be Thursday, May 17, noon, at Mahle's Restaurant, 63 Pearl Road in Brunswick. For further information, contact Ruth Tesar, 330-273-1445.

SPACE STATIONS THEN AND NOW: Learn about the history and role of space stations in the exploration of space during the next Third Saturday event on May 19. The event will also feature free souvenir photos at the "Picture Yourself in Space" digital photo booth, "make and take" crafts for children and take-home handouts on out-of-this-world topics. Space is limited, so visitors should arrive early to get seats for featured programs. For further information and a detailed listing on activities, call 216-433-9653 or log onto

NASA ON PARADE: As part of its community outreach, NASA Glenn will support various communities by participating in their respective parades. Come on out and support Glenn's presence! The following are a few locations and dates of parades in which NASA Glenn will participate: May 28, City of Warrensville Heights; June 6, Lorain International Festival; July 4, Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade, Lorain; July 13, Middleburg Heights Homecoming; May 15, Brook Park Homecoming Days; and July 20, Summer Fest, Fairview. POC: Orlando Thompson, 216-433-3642.

LLF GOLF OUTING: Lewis Little Folks (LLF), Glenn's onsite child development center, will host its seventh annual benefit golf outing on Friday, June 1, at Springvale Golf Course, North Olmsted. Shotgun tee-off begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $65 per golfer ($20 tax deductible) and includes cart, 18-hole golf game, green fees, breakfast, dinner, golf kit and prizes--including cash prizes! Take a chance at winning a car with a hole in one! Entry deadline is May 12. POC: Kristin Ratino, 216-433-2048, or Tina Jicha, 216-433-3827.

FACILITY TOUR: Glenn will highlight the Electric Propulsion Laboratory during its next public tour on June 2. One-hour tours begin at the Visitor Center (VC) Auditorium at the following times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Advanced registration guarantees admission to the tour that begins at the VC. Call 216-433-9653 to register.

LESA MEETING: LESA/IFPTE, Local 28, will hold its next monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at noon in the Employee Center.

DIVERSITY DIALOGUE SESSIONS: Glenn's Diversity Management Office will host its next bi-monthly diversity dialogue brown bag lunch session on June 14 at noon in the Administration Building Foyer. The informal gatherings promote open communications and identify potential barriers to building productive work teams. The next session will focus on "Change Management," a structured process and set of tools for leading the people side of change.

AFGE MEETING: AFGE Local 2182 will not hold monthly membership meetings in the summer. The next meeting will take place on September 5.


Federal Women's Program Awards

Image of Calhoun at podium. Credit: NASA/Marvin SmithImage of Ginty at podium. Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith
Images right: Calhoun (left) and Ginty (right) at the awards ceremony. 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.

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.

In Memory

Stone Valued a Life of Service

Kent Stone, Office of the Chief Counsel, 54, recently died. A retired captain of the U.S. Navy, Stone served NASA as a patent and ethics attorney for the past 23 years.

Portrait of Stone. Credit: U.S. Navy
Stone joined NASA in May of 1984 from the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. Admired as an attorney of exceptional intellect, ability and versatility, Stone established a legacy of expertise and efficiency. He created the most efficient patent application and prosecution processes in the agency. He also single-handedly conceptualized and provided the initial draft of the "Space Act Agreements Handbook" that is used throughout the agency.

During a memorial service held April 18 in the Visitor Center Auditorium, NASA friends and colleagues shared personal anecdotes about his character and contributions. They noted examples of his wry sense of humor, boundless helpfulness and sage advice. Particular recognition was also given to Stone's efforts to carefully screen and nurture future Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) officers, who begin litigating cases and counseling clients soon after they begin active duty.

Glenn's Chief Counsel, Bill Sikora, a colleague and friend, succinctly stated a common thread linking all of Stone's contributions: "Kent took very seriously his calling as a civil servant. He always wanted to be, and always was, of service to his country, to NASA, and to the people around him. It was Kent's constant desire to help that made him the best possible kind of teacher, colleague and friend."

Frank J. Barina, 70, who retired in November 1990 with 38 years of NASA service, has died. Barina served as a quality control engineer prior to retirement.

John Cruickshank Jr., 91, who retired with 24 1/2 years of service with NASA, has died. Cruickshank, nicknamed "Scotty," served as an administrative specialist prior to retirement. His government service also included 4 1/2 years with the U.S. Army.

Arthur N. Curren, 78, who retired in March 1995 with 44 years of NASA service, has died. Curren was a researcher for the Space Electronics Division prior to retirement.

In Appreciation

On behalf of the entire Pischel family, we would like to thank our NASA friends and colleagues for all the support shown during our recent loss. Your kind words, actions, thoughts and prayers were a comfort during this most difficult time.

-- Marisa and Karen Pischel


Portrait of Finn.  Credit: NASA
Richard Finn, Engineering Systems Division, retired on March 31, 2007, with 42 years of federal service, including 41 1/2 with NASA.

Portrait of Fleming. Credit: NASA
David Fleming, Mechanical Components Branch, retired on May 3, 2007, with 41 years of federal service, including 39 with NASA.

Portrait of Guthrie. Credit: NASA
Mary Lou Guthrie, Mission Support and Integration Office, retired on March 30, 2007, with 27 1/2 years of federal service, including 27 with NASA.

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