NASA recognized Stennis Space Center employee Wendy L. Houser Bateman of Baton Rouge as its 2014 Attorney of the Year during a May 7 ceremony in San Jose, Calif.
Bateman currently serves as an attorney-advisor at Stennis, the nation's largest rocket engine test facility, near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She was awarded annual Attorney of the Year honors for exhibiting performance at the highest levels of excellence and achievement. The annual award was presented by NASA General Counsel, Brig. Gen. Michael C. Wholley, USMC (Ret.). NASA Administrator Charles Bolden also attended the award ceremony.
The award citation noted, Bateman "exemplified this standard (of excellence and achievement) in every one of the many tasks she took on for Stennis Space Center. Her dedication, energy and talent ensured the success of numerous high-profile and mission-critical tasks."
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Bateman earned a bachelor's degree at Auburn University before graduating from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She served as a summer intern in the Stennis Office of the Chief Counsel in 2003 and returned as a fulltime attorney the following year. Her interest in working for NASA was first inspired by her work as a Space Camp crew trainer at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, after completion of her undergraduate studies.
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