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Press Release 93-64
Linda S. Ellis
(Bus: 216/433-2900)

NASA Lewis Wins R&D Award

Cleveland, OH -- NASA's Lewis Research Center is a winner in this year's Research and Development Magazine's R&D 100 awards.

The winning entry was awarded jointly to Peachtree Scientific, Inc., Cartersville, Ga., and NASA Lewis Research Center for development of a new fiber growth system which could become the catalyst for beginning new industries to help maintain U.S. competitiveness in terrestrial power generation and aerospace technology.

The Pioneer II Melt ModulationTM Fiber Growth System provides high temperature fiber researchers with the capability to experiment with a much wider variety of materials in the growth and evaluation of fibers for high temperature composite applications.

"We are particularly proud of this award because it reflects our collaboration with industry, resulting in a new product in the marketplace," according to Ann Heyward, customer focal point for the Aerospace Technology Directorate at Lewis.

The flexibility of the process enables the creation and evaluation of new materials which would be difficult to produce by traditional techniques.

Lewis awardees are Leonard Westfall, a materials research engineer in the Materials Division, and Dr. Ali Sayir, a resident research associate with Case Western Reserve University, assigned to the Materials Division at Lewis. Westfall resides in North Olmsted, Ohio, and Dr. Sayir, in Bay Village, Ohio.

This year's awards brings the total for the Center to 63 since the prestigious award was established by Research and Development Magazine in 1962.

The award winners were honored recently at a banquet at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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