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News Release 99-58

For Release: July 12, 1999

Kathleen A Zona
Bus: 216/433-2920)

Lori J. Rachul
(Bus: 216/433-8806)

Innovation Brings Award for Three NASA Glenn Research Center Employees

CLEVELAND, OH -- The1999 Innovation Award from Enterprise Development Inc. was presented to three members of NASA Glenn Research Center's Integrated Composite Analyser (ICAN) Software Team.

Dr. Christos C. Chamis of Westlake, Dr. Subodh K. Mital and Dr. Pappu L. N. Murthy, both of North Olmsted, recently received the Award. Chamis works in the Research & Technology Directorate, Mital and Murthy both work in the Structures & Acoustics Division, Mital as a Resident Research Associate for the University of Toledo.

The award-winning ICAN software contains a general purpose composite analysis methodology that can be readily applied during the design and analysis phases of engine structure components made of lightweight, high-strength and high-stiffness polymer matrix composites.

The ICAN software has already demonstrated tremendous public benefit through its use in an extraordinary array of diverse product designs ranging from aerospace components to automotive to biomedical applications. The program and its spin-off versions have helped hundreds of industrial, government and academic organizations within the United States to successfully design improved polymer matrix composite products for aerospace and other dual-use applications.

The EDI Innovation Award program recognizes successful innovators in any type of business, not-for-profit or government entity in Northeast Ohio who, through the creation and use of their product, service or business practice, have measurably enhanced the value of their organization or its ability to carry out its mission.

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