Jason A. Vaughn, an engineer at NASAís Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala., has been named a recipient of the annual Arthur S. Flemming Award honoring
outstanding men and women in the federal government.
The award, presented Tuesday at George Washington University in Washington,
D.C., is given to individuals with three to 15 years of government experience
who have made extraordinary contributions to the federal government. Winners
are selected from all areas of federal service.
Vaughn, named a winner in the applied science category, is a materials engineer
in Marshallís Engineering Directorate. He has been instrumental in conducting
laboratory research and developing technology for electrodynamic science missions
and high voltage system operation in the space plasma environment. He has developed
systems to simulate the space environment in the laboratory, which is critical
for conducting detailed research in ground facilities.
He has conducted laboratory research on interactions of high voltage power
systems and the space plasma, particularly important in the International Space
His work in electrical properties of thermal control coatings has been
a key to success of electrodynamic space missions such as NASAís Tethered
Satellite System mission, the TSS-1R reflight, and the Propulsive Small
Expendable Deployment System (ProSEDS) experiment, just completing development.
Vaughnís work in developing electrically conductive thermal control coatings
and plasma contactors has allowed him to go from basic laboratory research and
continue the development process through to the production of the electrodynamic
tether for the ProSEDS experiment.
Vaughn is a 1981 graduate of Eagle Valley High School in Eagle, Colo. He received
his bachelorís and masterís degrees in mechanical engineering from Colorado
State University in Fort Collins.
A Marshall Center employee since 1989, Vaughn is married to the former Sandi
Mott of Wolcott, Colo. They live in Madison, Ala., and have two children, Kristina,
11, and Rachel, 8.
The Marshall Center is NASAís premier organization for development of space
transportation and propulsion systems and NASAís leader in microgravity
research and advanced large optics manufacturing technology.
Established in 1948, the Flemming award is named for Arthur Sherwood Flemming,
whose career spanned seven decades of service to the federal government and
higher education. His career began as a member of the U.S. Civil Service Commission
in 1939. He went on to serve as president of three universities; director of
the Office of Defense Mobilization; Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health,
Education and Welfare; and chairman of both the U.S. Commission on Aging and
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. President Bill Clinton awarded Flemming
the Medal of Freedom in 1994 for his peerless dedication to his country. Flemming
died in 1996.