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For Release: October 8, 2004

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office


NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, recognized several of its engineers, researchers and technicians with its most prestigious Center-level awards for their extraordinary innovation in carrying out Glenn's projects and research.

Dr. Steven M. Arnold of Bath, received the 2004 Abe Silverstein Medal, which recognizes outstanding research contributions that have led to widely recognized practical applications. Dr. Arnold was recognized for leading a unique team of specialists from Glenn's Life Prediction Branch, academia and industry to develop, experimentally validate and commercialize robust deformation and life analysis capabilities for both monolithic and composite materials. This award was established to commemorate the long and fruitful career of Dr. Abe Silverstein, former Director of the NASA Glenn (formerly Lewis) Research Center from 1961-1969.

The 2004 Steven V. Szabo Engineering Award went to the Rotating Microphone Rake Team consisting of Gerald Hill of Avon Lake, Kevin Konno of North Ridgeville and Raymond Homyk and Daniel Sutliff, both of Brunswick. They received this award for the design of a revolutionary acoustics measurement system that has become an indispensable diagnostic tool for characterizing the modal structure of noise inside a fan duct. This award was established to honor the memory of Steven V. Szabo, Jr., Director of Engineering at the NASA Glenn (then Lewis) Research Center from 1986-1993.

A critical segment of Glenn's highly skilled workforce-model makers, machinists, and electrical and electronics technicians-are honored with the Craftsmanship Award. It is awarded to a individual or a team who either fabricates a component or system requiring a high degree of skill and imagination, devises a unique manufacturing process, or overcomes job difficulties, such as a lack of information due to the highly technical and experimental nature of their project. One award is given in manufacturing technologies and another in assembly and buildup technologies.

The 2004 Craftsmanship Award in Manufacturing went to the Parametric Inlet Team including Philip Bastian and Patrick Spanos of Sheffield Lake, Philip Beck of Brunswick, Chris Conrad of Homerville Township, Dale Dragony of the Westpark area of Cleveland, Jose E. Gonzalez of Elyria, Robert Hauer of Rocky River, and Jesus Lopez of Vermilion. They were recognized for their innovative approach to designing and fabricating the pressure rakes and instrumenting ramps and cowls for the Parametric Inlet. The hardware was of a very unusual design involving unique angles, contours and tight tolerances. This work was done in conjunction with craftsmen from four other NASA Centers through the NASA Fabrication Alliance.

Bruce Viergutz of North Ridgeville was awarded the 2004 Craftsmanship Award in Assembly and Buildup Technologies for his innovativeness and craftsmanship in his work related to ferroelectric reflectarray antenna development. The ferroelectric reflectarray, invented by NASA Glenn, promises substantial cost reduction and efficiency improvements in electronic scanning antenna technology for future space missions.



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