For release: 08/21/02
Release #: 02-206
NASA, Marshall Center recognize employee achievements at annual honor ceremonies
A select group of civil service and contractor employees at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been honored for exceptional achievements and contributions to America's space program.
Frederick Gregory, NASA deputy administrator from Headquarters in Washington, D.C., joined Marshall Center Director Art Stephenson at Marshall's annual NASA Honor Awards ceremony to salute 253 employees for special accomplishments during 2001.
Among the awards presented were two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, given for notably outstanding leadership that has had a pronounced effect on the technical or administrative programs of NASA. Peter W. Allen, manager of Marshall's Integrated Customer Support Department, and Joan A. Singer, deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Projects Office, received the awards.
Also presented at the Honor Awards ceremony were 18 Exceptional Service Medals; 16 Exceptional Achievement Medals; four Public Service Medals; 38 NASA Certificates of Appreciation; 13 NASA Group Achievement Awards; two NASA Public Service Group Achievement Awards; 40 Marshall Director's Commendation Certificates; 39 Marshall Certificates of Appreciation; and 27 Marshall Group Achievement Awards.
NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, given to recognize significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity, was presented to the following Marshall employees: Jimmy E. Phillips, Center Operations Directorate; Clifford S. Crowell, Jr., David L. Edwards, Paul K. McConnaughey, Jimmy L. Miller, and Rocky S. Stephens of the Engineering Directorate; Darrell G. Bailey, N. Jan Davis and James L. Reuter of the Flight Projects Directorate; Seldon L. Harp, Office of Chief Financial Officer; Pat Fuller, Office of the Director; Byron W. Butler of the Procurement Office; Dennis S. Davis of the Safety & Mission Assurance Office; Donald F. Bishop and Donald W. Thurman of the Science Directorate; Judy L. Ballance, Roberto Garcia and Linda W. Mullins of the Space Transportation Directorate.
The Exceptional Achievement Medal recognizes significant, specific contributions to NASA's mission. This year's recipients include: Mary P. Kennedy and Steven E. Roy, Customer & Employee Relations Directorate; Robert M. Suggs and Mark V. Vaccaro, Engineering Directorate; Rickey D. Cissom, Flight Projects Directorate; William Y. Vaughn, Office of Chief Financial Officer; Betty B. McCown, Procurement Office; Judy M. Simonds, Science Directorate; Daniel J. Davis, Daniel L. Dumbacher, Debra L. Eastis, James S. Richards, Dennis E. Smith and Lawrence D. Thomas, Second Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Program Office; Ricky A. Hall, Space Transportation Directorate; Eric J. Shaw, Systems Management Office
Marshall's Software of the Year Award, given to the authors of a program called the Flow Analysis Code. The software invention is used in a wide variety of propulsion testing activities. Honorees included John W. Bailey, Kimberly Holt, Alok Majumdar, Paul Allen Schallhorn, Todd E. Steadman, Katherine VanHooser and Saif Warsi.
Marshall's Invention of the Year Award acknowledges employees with patented inventions that have realized commercial potential or contributed significantly to specific NASA programs. Recipients were Charles S. Cornelius, Neill Myers, Michael David Shadoan and David L. Sparks for their low-cost LOX/Rp1, a rocket engine liquid injector.
Marshall's Technology Transfer Award recognizes excellence in applying NASA technology to commercial uses. Recipients include PoShou Chen, Thomas K. Delay, Daniel J. Dorney, Suzanne M. Dorney, Lisa Hughes, Carl G. Justus, Jonathan A. Lee, Paul L. Luz, James J. McGroary, Donald L. Roxby and Harry F. Schramm.
Marshall Center's Research and Technology Award recognizes notable achievements in current technology development. Those receiving the award include Ken Cooper, Suzanne M. Dorney, David Edwards, Michael F. Effinger, Perry Gray, Rickey A. Hall, Whitney Hubbs, Raj K. Kaul, Ron Litchford, Curtis Manning, Jody L. Minor, Stanley T. Oliver, Carrie Olsen, Barry C. Roberts, Sandeep R. Shah, Charles Sisk, Steve Skelley, Joanne M. Terek, Michael L. Tinker, Kevin Tucker, Michael D. Watson, Jeffery S. West and John T. Wiley, Jr.
This year 27 Marshall employees received the Marshall Patent Award recognizing NASA employees winning patents in 2001. Honorees include Dean Alhorn, Michael Brook, Thomas Bryan, Jonathan Campbell, Robert Carter, Charles Cornelius, Richard Cloyd, Richard Counts, Thomas Delay, Henry Dennis, Jr., Jeffery Ding, David A. Hissam, Richard Holmes, David Howard, Richard Howard, Jeffery Lackey, Timothy Lawrence, Randal McNichol, Neill Myers, Warren Peters, Tony Robinson, Michael Shadoan, William Sims, Dennis A. Smith, David Sparks, Eric Taylor and Bruce Weddendorf.
NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, presented at an earlier ceremony at NASA Headquarters, was given to George Hopson, manager of Marshall's Space Shuttle Main Engine Projects Office, and Jim Kennedy, deputy director of the Marshall Center. The award, recognizing distinguished personal service, ability or courage that has substantially contributed to NASA's mission, is the highest honor NASA can bestow on a civil servant.
The Marshall Center is carrying out its vision of being the world leader in space transportation systems, microgravity research and space optics manufacturing technology. In its space transportation role, Marshall is helping to further humankind's exploration of space while slashing the cost of getting there - from today's $10,000 per pound to hundreds of dollars a pound or less.
With its rich history spanning more than four decades, Marshall remains one of NASA's largest field centers, occupying over 1,800 acres and employing more than 2,700 civil servants. More than 23,000 contractor personnel are engaged in work for the Center, which has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion.
After its creation in 1960, Marshall's first major program was development of the huge Saturn rockets, the largest of which carried humans to the Moon in 1969. Other key successes in Marshall history include the Lunar Roving Vehicle, three high-energy astronomy observatories, Spacelab, the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the propulsion systems that power the Space Shuttle.