(From left) Former JSC Director Mike Coats was recognized by the FLC as the 2012 Laboratory Director of the Year. JSC’s new director, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, will continue Coats’ legacy with the advent of JSC 2.0. Credit: NASAFollowing closely on the heels of awards given to Johnson Space Center on behalf of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Continent Region for Notable Technology Development and Outstanding Laboratory, former JSC Director Mike Coats was recognized by the FLC as the 2012 Laboratory Director of the Year. This recognition reflects JSC’s outstanding leadership and numerous technological achievements.
The new Human Grasp Assist device, or Robo-Glove, was built through the continuing partnership between NASA and General Motors. It uses Robonaut 2 technology to increase the strength of a human’s grasp. Credit: NASA“We’re putting more emphasis on getting our technologies out there,” said Jack James, lead, JSC’s Technology Transfer Office within the Strategic Opportunities and Partnership Development Office. “We’re strengthening our partnerships with the Houston Technology Center and BayTech, and there’s a few other ones we’re looking to pursue.”
Solar-powered refrigerators like this one may soon reduce the cost and increase the availability of vaccines to people in remote regions. Image Credit: NASA.Our success, as well as this most recent award for JSC’s former director, is part of Coats’ legacy—one that JSC Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa seeks to continue with the integration of JSC 2.0. This newest version of JSC answers the fundamental question: If we were starting JSC today, how would we build a space center to reach our vision of leading a global enterprise in human space exploration that is sustainable, affordable and benefits humankind? Under Ochoa’s leadership, JSC will combine efforts in human exploration, science and space technology to meet the president’s challenge to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars by the 2030s—a plan that requires JSC’s unique capabilities, innovations, and ultimately, an evolution.