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Recognition for Dedication to Quality Work and Flight Safety

NASA recently recognized the exemplary efforts of Glenn employees Drs. James Gaier, Geoff Landis, Bradley Lerch, James Nesbitt and Jayanta Panda with the coveted title of Space Flight Awareness (SFA) honoree. The employees were invited to attend the Discovery STS-120 launch on October 23.

Space Flight Awareness LogoThe SFA award is the highest tribute paid by NASA to individuals in the agency, Department of Defense and industry. SFA honorees are acknowledged with a visit to Kennedy Space Center to view a launch, attend a reception in their honor and meet with top NASA and industry officials and members of the astronaut corps.

Gaier, a physicist in the Space Environmental Durability Branch, is recognized as a leading contributor on lunar dust effects mitigation. This work is important in reducing risks to astronaut health and protecting spacecraft to assure successful lunar spaceflight missions.

Landis, a physicist in the Photovoltaic and Power Technologies Branch, is recognized for inventing a new mode of operation for solar arrays that reduces atmospheric drag and the amount of propellant necessary to maintain International Space Station's orbit. Landis' invention has contributed to NASA goals for keeping Station operational with major cost savings.

Lerch and Nesbitt, materials research engineers in the Durability and Protective Coatings Branch, are recognized for contributions to the Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight Program. Lerch led a multidisciplinary research team to develop more accurate analysis methods for the Space Shuttle External Tank's spray-on foam insulation and developed strategies to eliminate the largest source of high-density ice on the tank. Nesbitt, a member the Reinforced-Carbon/Carbon (RCC) Spaced Shuttle leading edge RCC Wrap Repair Team, demonstrated the viability of the coated-refractory metal materials system for in-space repair of damaged wing leading-edge RCC panels.

Panda, an OAI senior scientist supporting Glenn's Acoustics Branch, is recognized for his contributions as a member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, Materials Super Problem Resolution Team. The team developed alternative methodology that is critical for measuring and estimating aerodynamic loads, and to ensuring the structural safety of the Space Shuttle External Tank with the Protuberance Air Load (PAL) ramps removed.

Dr. Chamis Named ASC Fellow

Portrait of Dr. Chamis. Credit: NASA
Dr. Chamis
Senior Scientist Dr. Christos Chamis, Research and Technology Directorate, has been elevated to a Fellow in the American Society for Composites (ASC). The ASC acknowledged Chamis for 45 years of research and contributions in the areas of metallics and structures.

Goldberg Named AIAA Associate Fellow

Portrait of Dr. Goldberg. Credit: NASA Glenn
Dr. Goldberg
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named Dr. Robert Goldberg, Mechanics and Life Prediction Branch, an associate fellow. The honor is reserved for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Goldberg is recognized for his focus on high-strain impact analysis of composite materials. He will receive the award during the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno, Nev., in January 2008.

SPIE Awards Adamovsky Kingslake Medal

Portrait of Dr. Adamovsky. Credit: NASA
Dr. Adamovsky
The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) has awarded Dr. Grigory Adamovsky, Optical Instrumentation and NDE Branch, the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize. The Kingslake Medal is presented annually in recognition of the most noteworthy original paper to appear in the Society's official journal, Optical Engineering, on the theoretical or experimental aspects of optical engineering. Adamovsky and colleagues from Alabama A&M University received the honor at the SPIE Awards Banquet in San Diego, Calif. in August.

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards

Image of Sanabria couple at HENAAC.Image left: Gonzalez-Sanabria celebrates with husband Raphael Sanabria, NASA Safety Center deputy director, at the awards ceremony.

Olga Gonzalez-Sanabria, director of Glenn's Engineering Directorate, was honored with a 2007 Executive Excellence award during the 19th Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) held October 11 - 13 in San Diego, Calif.. Gonzalez was recognized for her leadership in managing a workforce of more than 400 engineers, technicians and support personnel, who provide a full range of integrated services including engineering, fabrication, testing and facility management for NASA and industry.

Image of three men with plaque. C-2007-2109. Credit: NASA GlennImage right: Associate Director Bill Wessel, left, joins Center Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. in presenting the HENAAC Luminary Award to Dr. Agui. Credit: NASA Glenn

Recognized as one of NASA's rising stars and an inspiration to future generations pursuing careers in technology, Dr. Juan Agui, Microgravity Fluid Physics and Transport Branch, was among the HENAAC Luminary Honorees. Agui is the project scientist for the International Space Station experiment, Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions - 2 (InSPACE-2). The experiment will gather data on magnetorheological fluids (fluids that change properties in response to magnetic fields) that can be used to improve or develop new brake systems and robotics.

WVU STaR Symposium

Image of Calandrelli at symposium. Credit: West Virginia University.Image left: Calandrelli displays poster at STaR Symposium. Credit: West Virginia University

NASA Glenn Undergraduate Student Research Program intern Emily Calandrelli was runner-up and recipient of a $600 award for her poster entry in a competition held during West Virginia University's (WVU) statewide Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium in September. Calandrelli, who is a WVU student, was 1 of 20 students selected to compete in the symposium themed "Defining Our Future: The STaR Enterprise in West Virginia." Her entry was based on research conducted on the affects of liquid fuel sprays in the process of combustion while working in Glenn's Combustion Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Yolanda Hicks and Anthony Iannetti.

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