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For Release: June 4, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Best New Products Recognized by Nortech

Technologies developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center will result in safer and less costly airplane engines as well as more environmentally friendly materials used in those engines. These technology advances, Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) and Environment Conscious Ceramics (Ecoceramics) received awards, along with others in northeast Ohio, at the 2002 NorTech Innovation Award ceremony on May 6.

NPSS is considered a world-class propulsion system simulation tool that provides the U.S. aerospace industry with unprecedented capability and ease of use. An emerging U.S. standard for aerospace simulations, it was designed and is maintained with the full interaction of every major aircraft engine manufacturer in the world. This software tool will reduce the cost and risk associated with advanced propulsion system development. The reduced risk translates into increased safety for aeronautics and the human exploration of space.

Gregory J. Follen, Thomas M. Lavelle, and Cynthia Gutierrez Naiman, employees of Glenn, and Bret A. Naylor, of Integral Systems Inc., worked with a team of 39 other engineers from Glenn and 14 other organizations in the development of this simulation tool.

Ecoceramics technology uses processes and materials that minimize harmful effects on the environment. The starting materials are renewable resources and environmental wastes, such as natural wood, sawdust or cellulosic fibers. The shaped preforms from these cellulosic materials are pyrolyzed and infiltrated with various non-oxide and oxide based materials to form ceramics with different composition and densities. The process, resulting in lighter, less costly ceramics that can operate at high temperatures, is important in the development of more efficient airplane engines. The manufacturing process was developed by Dr. Mrityunjay Singh, an employee of QSS Group Inc., Cleveland, working in Glenn's Materials Division.

NorTech Innovation awards, formerly known as the EDI Innovation Awards, are named for the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition (NorTech), the technology affiliate of Cleveland Tomorrow. The awards honor innovators and companies for creating some of the best new products in Northeast Ohio.

The awards program is sponsored by Key Bank, Ernst & Young, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, the Ohio Department of Development, Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and its subsidiary Enterprise Development, Inc.

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Note To Local Editors: Follen resides in North Olmsted, Lavelle in Avon , Naiman in Olmsted Falls, Naylor in Fairview Park, and Dr. Singh in Strongsville.

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