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Marshall Centers Assistant Director for Propulsion
Robert L. Sackheim, assistant director and chief engineer for Propulsion at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Sackheim, who oversees all current and advanced space propulsion activities for the Marshall Center NASAs primary center for propulsion systems research and development was elected to the academy for his contributions to space and missile propulsion technology and programs. He joins only two others from Marshall both former Marshall Center directors: Dr. Wernher von Braun, elected in 1967; and Dr. William Lucas, elected in 1978.
The National Academy of Engineering, founded in 1964 to provide engineering leadership, elected 78 U.S. engineers and eight foreign associates into its membership this year. Its membership totals 2,027 U.S. engineers and 157 foreign associates.
Sackheim, a native of New York City, came to Marshall in September 1999, after serving since 1993 as manager of the Propulsion Systems Center in the Space and
Technology Division of TRW Corp. in Redondo Beach, Calif. There, he was responsible for design, development and testing of new propulsion, high energy chemical lasers, combustion and fluid system products and materials technology.
Sackheim is a past chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee and the Los Angeles section of the AIAA. He has authored more than 120 technical papers and holds seven patents in spacecraft control and propulsion systems technology.
His awards and honors include the 1992 James C. Wyld Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the Field of Rocket Propulsion, as well as three NASA Group Achievement Awards. He is a fellow of the AIAA and recently received that organizations Sustained Service Award. In 1997, he was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and has served on two National Research Council committees as well as AIAA, Air Force and NASA advisory groups. He most recently served on three Mars independent assessment teams for NASA.
Achieving membership in the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest distinctions for engineering professionals. Membership recognizes those who have made what the Academy refers to as "important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice," and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."
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