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For Release: September 25, 2000

Barbara Kakiris
Media Relations Office
(216) 433-2513

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
(216) 433-8806

Local Women to Receive Technology Awards

Two women from NASA Glenn Research Center will be recognized for their contributions to scientific fields during the Fifth Annual Women of Color Technology Awards Conference on September 28 in Atlanta, GA. The conference, which is the premiere event for highlighting the achievements of underrepresented women in science and technology, will involve over 6,000 of the nation's brightest minority women.

Olga Gonzalez-Sanabria will receive the award for Career Achievement. She was selected for technical, managerial and organizational accomplishments including her nickel-hydrogen battery design for the Space Station, which won her an R&D 100 Award, and managing various space technology experiment projects. Gonzalez-Sanabria, who resides in Strongsville, is the chief of Glenn's Plans and Programs Office.

Dr. Jih-Fen Lei will receive the award for Technical Innovation in Government. She was selected for being one of the world's leading authorities on high temperature sensors for engine applications as well as for technical achievements including three R&D 100 Awards. Lei, who resides in Westlake, is chief of Glenn's Instrumentation and Controls Division.

"Olga and Jih-Fen provide excellent examples of women who have achieved significant technical accomplishments and have excelled in many areas. They are both outstanding members of NASA Glenn's high-caliber workforce," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell.

The Women of Color Awards are designed to focus attention on women's contributions to the nation's economic growth due to the unprecedented technological possibilities that exist in the U.S. Career Achievement and Technical Innovation are the only categories in which Women of Color Awards are given to government employees.

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Note to Editors: Portrait photos of Gonzalez-Sanabria and Lei are available upon request.

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