For release: 05/09/02
Release #: 02-116
NASA Marshall Center's George Hamilton receives Distinguished Service Award from engineering group
George S. Hamilton, team leader of the Human Engineering & Analysis Team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been presented the Distinguished Service Award from the Huntsville chapter of the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers.
The honor is for recognition of 10 years of service to Mathcounts, a national math coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement with grassroots involvement throughout the United States.
Founded in Alabama over 20 years ago, there are approximately 100 schools across North Alabama that sponsor competitive chapters. Hamilton is one of nine coordinators in Alabama who plans and conducts the Mathcounts regional competitions.
Hamilton, who earned his master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, joined NASA's Marshall Center in 1989. He leads the Human Factors Engineering team, which is responsible for insuring astronauts are able to operate and maintain Marshall-developed science experiments and subsystems on the International Space Station. He also manages the Army NASA Virtual Innovations Lab, the primary Virtual Reality, Human Modeling and Systems Modeling & Simulation facility at the Center.
A graduate of Grissom High School in Huntsville, he and his wife, Laura Jo, a circuit judge for Madison County, and their two daughters live in Huntsville.
The Marshall Center is a key leader in NASA's efforts in development of space transportation and propulsion systems and technologies, as well as microgravity research, advanced large optics manufacturing technology and manages all of the Space Shuttle's propulsion systems.