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For release: 04/24/03
Release #: 03-068

NASA Marshall Center manager Vernotto McMillan awarded James E. Webb fellowship by National Space Club chapter

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Vernotto McMillan, manager of the Technology Transfer Department at the Marshall Center, has been awarded The James E. Webb Memorial Space Fellowship by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Space Club.

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Vernotto McMillan, manager of the Technology Transfer Department at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Space Club.

The James E. Webb Memorial Space Fellowship, given in memory of the former NASA administrator to promote advanced education, is awarded to a NASA administration and management employee. McMillan was honored "for his proposed research topic related to changing the corporate culture of government research and development organizations through endorsement of core values."

The National Space Club, founded in 1957, is a nontechnical organization of industry, government, and educational representatives that promotes leadership and advances in aeronautics.

A native of Pensacola, Fla., McMillan leads a team of 30 senior engineers, scientists and contract personnel in the Technology Transfer Department, which is responsible for making space technology a part of products and services used by people everyday. The department seeks to leverage the resources of industry, academia, and other government organizations in the development of next generation technologies needed in support of NASA programs, while stimulating broad use of NASA-developed technologies by American private enterprise.

McMillan began his NASA career in 1983 as a materials engineer at the Marshall Center. In 1991, he served as manager of materials and processes in the Office of Safety and Mission Quality at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where his job was to assess in-flight anomalies and develop flight rationale recommendations for the Associate Administrator, Returning to Marshall in 1992, McMillan became a sub-system manager on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor project in charge of phasing out the ozone depleting chemicals used in processing solid rocket motors and in 1994 became the case joints and seals subsystem manager. He became a technical manager in the Technology Transfer office in 1996, deputy manager of the department in 1998, and ascended to his current position in 2002.

McMillan has received awards for his job performance and dedication throughout his NASA career, including two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, a NASA Headquarters Special Service Award and the "Silver Snoopy" -- awarded by the astronaut corps for dedication in support of the Space Shuttle program.

McMillan graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola in 1977. In 1979, he graduated from the Pensacola Junior College, and in 1983 he completed studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, earning a bachelor's degree in materials and metallurgical engineering. He received his master's in management in 1996 from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He is pursuing a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering and engineering management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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