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June 14, 2005

NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
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Irby Awarded NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal

Gay T. Irby, deputy chief, Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Center Operations Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), was awarded NASA's prestigious Exceptional Achievement Medal.

SSC Director Adm. Thomas Q. Donaldson V, USN (Ret.) and NASA's Glenn Research Center (Ohio) Director Dr. Julian M. Earls presented the medal to Irby during a ceremony held at SSC on Thursday, June 9, 2005.

The NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal is given for a significant, specific accomplishment or contribution that significantly improves operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science or technology that contributes to NASA's mission. Irby was given the award for her sustained commitment to supporting the NASA mission, specifically the Agency's Enterprise, Architecture, Agency Chief Information Officer initiatives and Center documentation and outreach functions.

Irby, a resident of Long Beach, Miss., and a Starkville native, is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

SSC is America's largest rocket engine test complex, and manages NASA's rocket propulsion testing. Besides rocket engine testing, SSC's Applied Sciences Directorate uses remote sensing technology to assist in solving problems related to erosion, agriculture and other practical problems. The center is located in Hancock County near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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