Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center

July 19, 2002
RELEASE : 70-02
KSC Employees Honored As "Technology All Stars"
The second Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference and Professional Development Seminar will offer professional development and recognize women leaders working for the government, including six Kennedy Space Center (KSC) employees.

The multicultural event recognizes the achievements and professional development of women in the fields of math, engineering, science and information technology.

Career Communications Group, Inc. and U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine will host the conference at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center on July 18-19, 2002.

Several employees were nominated by NASA-KSC as certificate recipients. The KSC women being honored as "Technology All Stars" are: Hortense Burt (Flight Assurance Manager); Dr. Gena Baker (Senior Process Engineer); Michelle Amos (Electronics Design Engineer); Dr. Dawn Elliott (Flight Systems Engineer); and Barbara Brown (KSC's Ames Research Center Liaison & Intelligent Systems Deputy Manager). Also being recognized is this year's "Rising Star," Stacie Smith (Computer Engineer).

"The recognition of these six women as leaders in technology is evidence that KSC's diverse workforce continues to be successful," said KSC Deputy Director James Jennings. "I'm happy to see that their contributions to the space program are appreciated by non-NASA organizations."

The Honorable Carol Moseley-Braun, distinguished former U.S. Senator from Illinois and Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa will be the keynote speaker at the Technology All Star Recognition Luncheon. She will also congratulate the recipients as they receive their awards.

Topics of discussion will include career success, use of technology to enhance organizational performance, use of Information Technology for strategic innovation, and privacy and security issues. In addition, the conference includes a workshop and welcome reception hosted by the Department of Defense.

More than 120 honorees will participate in the conference. These honorees include representatives from numerous other government agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. Representatives from the National Research Council, state governments, and various companies from all over the U.S. involved in government contracts and defense work also will attend the conference.

More information on award recipients from NASA can be found at:

Additional information on this year's Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference is available at:


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