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For Release: April 15,2003

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office

Note to Editors/News Directors:

Engineers and Craftsman Recognized at Glenn

The workforce at NASA's Glenn Research Center is a diverse mixture not only of people and cultures but also of knowledge and skills. Awards to be presented on Wednesday, April 16, will recognize both engineers and craftsmen who demonstrate excellence that contributes to the mission of the Center. The presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the upper mezzanine area of the Main Cafeteria in Building 15, where displays of the work being judged will be available for viewing.

A critical segment of Glenn's highly skilled workforce is comprised of model makers, machinists, electrical and electronics technicians who build and test research and flight hardware for technology development programs such as turbomachinery, high temperature materials and microgravity combustion research. Most of the hardware fabricated and tested is one of a kind and not easily obtainable commercially.

The Craftsmanship Award will be presented to a craftsman, or team of craftsmen, who fabricated a component or system that required a high degree of skill and imagination, who devised a unique manufacturing process or who overcame job difficulties such as a lack of information due to the highly technical and experimental nature of the project. One award will be given in manufacturing and another will be awarded in assembly and buildup. Four nominees-three individuals and a team of three people--are in the competition this year. The panel of expert judges is comprised of Glenn's technical managers and Human Resources Panel members and representatives from local industry.

The Steven V. Szabo Engineering Excellence Awards is the most prestigious engineering award given at Glenn. This award recognizes a current and specific contribution, achieved during the past 3 years, resulting in an engineering application that significantly helped solve an important or difficult problem. In addition to the nomination, a letter of recommendation is required from a customer of the nominee that states the benefits of the engineering accomplishment. Three teams of engineers await the decision of the Human Resources Panel.

Media interested in covering this event must call ahead to Sally Harrington or the Media Relations Office (216/433-2901) to be cleared through security.

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