For release: 10/08/02
Release #: 02-253
French and American organizations recognize Marshall Center's chief propulsion engineer
Robert L. Sackheim, assistant director and chief engineer for propulsion at Marshall Center has been honored for his contributions to the aerospace industry.
Photo: Sackheim (NASA/MSFC)
Robert L. Sackheim, assistant director and chief engineer for propulsion at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been honored for his contributions to the aerospace industry.
The Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics of France recently presented its 6th International Symposium Award to Sackheim during a conference in Versailles, France.
Sackheim was the only American to receive the honor, recognizing his high-quality contributions to the propulsion field.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Alabama/Mississippi section, also honored Sackheim recently with its Hermann Oberth Award.
The award is presented for outstanding individual scientific achievement in the fields of astronautics and space sciences, or for the promotion and advancement of the aeronautical sciences. Oberth is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and was a mentor of Dr. Wernher von Braun, the first director of the Marshall Center, and leader of the propulsion team that put the first man on the Moon.
Sackheim worked for 35 years in a variety of management positions with TRW of Redondo Beach, Calif., before joining the Marshall Center in 1999. He has been recognized with the NASA Medal for Outstanding Technical Leadership, several NASA Group Achievement Awards and a variety of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honors.
He has written more than 150 technical papers and authored or co-authored four chapters on rocket propulsion in four books. He holds eight patents in the fields of spacecraft, launch vehicle propulsion and control systems technology.
Sackheim earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. He has completed all doctoral course work in chemical engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles. He was an instructor in the engineering extension school at the University of California in Los Angeles for nine years. In addition to his NASA responsibilities, he now teaches short courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Sackheim is married to the former Babette Freund. They have two children and two grandchildren. He is an avid Civil War history enthusiast and enjoys reading, fishing and tennis.
The Marshall Center is carrying out its vision of being the world leader in space transportation systems. 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.
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