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For Release: July 19, 2001

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

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Local Women Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Government and Defense

Our nation's defense and our way of life depend largely upon the army of women who make up the civilian and non-civilian workforce in the public and private sectors. This is the premise of the Women of Color In Government and Defense Technology Awards, for which a woman from NASA Glenn Research Center has been chosen. A second Glenn woman will also be recognized by the awards committee in one of its publications. The awards will be presented during the sixth annual Women of Color Conference, to be held July 19 - 21 in Washington, DC.

The awards are given annually in recognition of the gains that women of color are making in government and defense, which are traditionally male-dominated fields. The awards were created to highlight success stories, to motivate other women onto higher levels and to reconfirm commitment to equality in the workplace.

"NASA Glenn's history of strong leadership is due to the contributions of its entire workforce. The women being honored this year are exemplary of the fact that we believe in equality and the strength of our Center as a whole," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "These women also illustrate the diverse face of science and technology and its rich, cultural background."

Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis, chief, Electrochemistry Branch, has been chosen for the Career Achievement Award. Pérez-Davis was cited for exemplifying managerial excellence and leadership. At Glenn, she is responsible for managing the development of improved electrochemical technologies that result in high-energy density and long-life batteries and fuel cells for NASA missions. Many of the advances made by her group also apply to other federal agencies and commercial markets. Pérez-Davis earned three degrees in chemical engineering: a bachelor of science from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR; a master of science from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Pérez-Davis and her husband, José, reside in Strongsville, OH. They have two sons.

In addition, Priscilla A. Mobley, senior environmental lead, Environmental Management Office, will be featured in a series titled "Technology All-Stars in Government and Defense" for the publication USBE & Information Technology. Career Communications Group, Inc., who sponsors the Women of Color Awards, chose Mobley for the honor due to being an outstanding mentor and role model to a diverse group of students. She has provided students with summer internships and shadowing experiences as well as meaningful knowledge and skills. At Glenn, Mobley plans and coordinates environmental services for the Center to assure compliance with environmental regulations. She also chairs Glenn's Black Women's Advisory Group and is a member of the Multicultural Advisory Board. Mobley holds an associate of science degree in chemical technology from The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from The Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. Mobley and her husband, Jerry, reside in Cleveland, OH. They have two children.

More information on Women of Color in Government and Defense conference and award recipients is available on the Internet:

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Note to Editors: Portraits of Pérez-Davis and Mobley are available at:


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