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Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

March 27, 2006
RELEASE : 06-017
Glenn Employees Receive Black Engineer of The Year Awards
During this year's Annual Black Engineer of the Year Conference the achievements of African-Americans in companies across America were recognized, including two NASA Glenn Research Center employees.

Eric Clark received the Modern Day Technology Leaders Award. The award is given to bright, young, up-and-coming women and men who are shaping the future of engineering, science and technology.

Clark joined NASA Glenn in 1991 and serves as an electrical engineer in the Photovoltaic and Space Environment Branch. He performs research and development of advanced space power technology, primarily in the areas of solar cell development and space power system management. He is recognized within NASA, other government agencies, industry and academia for his development of III-V based solar cells, including integrated power generation and communication systems. In his efforts to develop advanced space power technologies, Clark has strived to involve historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions and small disadvantaged businesses whenever possible. Clark also serves as a mentor to high school and college students of diverse backgrounds and races.

Clark earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in material science engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Cleveland Hts., with his wife, Thomasine, and children Bryan, Jason and Stanton.

Carlos Morrison received the Outstanding Technical Contribution in Government Award. The award recognizes an individual's technical contributions to a product, service, system or intellectual property.

Morrison has served as a physicist-aerospace engineer for the past 16 years. He currently works in the Structural Mechanics and Dynamics Branch where he conducts groundbreaking research in a variety of areas. He is a pioneer in the concept of bearingless, switched-reluctance electric motors, which eliminates the need for conventional bearings. He received a patent for his development of the Morrison rotor, which has application in magnetically suspended, oil-free engines that achieve simultaneous levitation and rotation of the shaft. He also developed the Morrison motor, a patented, award-winning application of the rotor. In addition, Morrison was awarded two patents for his invention of five-axis, three-magnetic-bearing control software.

He is the author and co-author of several significant journals and technical articles on aerospace and magnetic bearing technology, and serves as a mentor to high school and college students.

Morrison received his bachelor's degree in physics/mathematics from Hofstra University, N.Y. and his master's degree in physics from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, N.Y. He lives in North Ridgeville with his wife, Peta-Gaye, and children Camille and Brittany.

The Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference is produced by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council of the Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Career Communications Group, Inc., publishers of US Black Engineering & Information Technology magazine. The conference was held February 16-18 in Baltimore Md.

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