Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center

Aug. 8, 2002
RELEASE : 72c-02
Gholam "Ali" Shaykhian Honored For Role In Space Program
Gholam "Ali" Shaykhian was among 52 Kennedy Space Center (KSC) employees who were honored recently for their exemplary work at the nation's spaceport.

At KSC, Shaykhian is employed by NASA as a computer engineer. He serves as technical advisor and consultant to the Checkout and Launch Control System (CLCS) Project Control Office. He is responsible for developing innovative software engineering solutions for application to the CLCS project. He also mentors other software developers on software engineering principles and practices which include object oriented design and analysis, C++ programming, use of standard template libraries, safe software design, and JAVA programming.

The Honoree Award is the highest form of recognition bestowed upon an employee by the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Program. The 52 employees selected were part of a contingent of 250 NASA and industry employees from throughout the space agency being honored for their professional dedication and outstanding achievement in support of the human spaceflight program.

The Honorees were given a VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center and attended a special reception. Honoring them were several astronauts and senior NASA and industry officials of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station team. The Honorees also watched the STS-111 launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from a special VIP viewing site on June 5, 2002.

Shaykhian has worked at KSC since 1986. He joined NASA in April 2000. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Technology. He currently teaches graduate courses at Webster University, Merritt Island, Fla.

Shaykhian graduated high school in 1975 in Iran. He earned an associate degree in electronics from Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Fla. in 1980. He received a bachelor degree in electronics engineering technology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. in 1982. He also holds two master's degrees from the University of Central Florida, a master of science in computer systems earned in 1986, and a master of science in operations research earned in 1997.

Shaykhian's other awards include the NASA Certificate of Appreciation, NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award, and the University of Central Florida Engineering Technology Department Researcher of the Year Award.

Shaykhian and his wife, Linda, also a KSC employee, currently live in Port St. John, Fla. They have two children, Jenna, 17, and Laila, 15. His parents, Hossein, and Sedigh Shaykhian, live in Iran.

Kennedy Space Center is the launch site and preferred landing site for NASA's Space Shuttles. STS-111 was the fourteenth Space Shuttle flight dedicated to the International Space Station.


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