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For Release: July 11, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Local Researchers Recognized by Prestigious National Technical Societies

Three members of NASA Glenn Research Center's Research and Technology Directorate were recently recognized by two of the nation's technical societies. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) have bestowed the grade of Fellow upon the three employees, which places them amongst the ranks of other internationally-renowned subject matter experts.

Criteria for selection as Fellow are rigorous, including: significant achievements in one's field; contributions to societies and their related professions; authoring or contributing to technical publications or reports; and developing patents and inventions.

"This is the highest level that researchers can attain in a professional society and is a testament to their contributions to their respective fields," said Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "This is an indication of the outstanding caliber of researchers that we have as part of our staff."

Robert J. Boyle, aerospace engineer, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division, has been elected ASME Fellow. Boyle was chosen in part for his contributions to understanding the importance of transition to turbine heat transfer, and to the effects of turbulence and surface roughness on turbine heat transfer. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College, New York, NY and his master of science degree in engineering science from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. Boyle and his wife, Catherine, reside in Rocky River, OH.

Dr. Nathan S. Jacobson, materials scientist, Materials Division, has been elected ACS Fellow. He is the author or co-author of more than 95 papers and five patents. Most of his work has been on high-temperature corrosion of ceramic materials and general gas/solid reaction studies. Jacobson is also a Fellow of the American Society for Materials. Additionally, he serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Jacobson earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, CA as well as master of science and doctoral degrees in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Jacobson resides in Bay Village, OH. He has two children.

Dr. Stanley R. Levine, materials research engineer, Materials Division, has also been elected ACS Fellow. Levine is the author or coauthor of 70 publications and book chapters, and four patents. His recent focus has been on structural ceramics for space transportation. He has also received an R&D 100 Award and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award. Levine is Chair of the Ceramics Committee, International Gas Turbine Institute, ASME. He earned his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from City University, New York, NY. Levine and his wife, Phyllis, reside in Rocky River, OH. They have four children.

Boyle, Jacobson and Levine were individually recognized during ASME and ACerS award ceremonies in New Orleans, LA and Indianapolis, IN, respectively.

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