For release: 10/29/02
Release #: 02-275
Decatur native Dr. Amanda Goodson is named Federal Women's Program Supervisor of the Year
Dr. Amanda Harris Goodson of Decatur, Ala., was recognized recently as the Federal Women's Program Supervisor of the Year during the Women's Equality Day celebration at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Photo: Goodson (NASA/MSFC)
Goodson, as director of Safety and Mission Assurance, oversees safety and quality activities for all Marshall Center programs.
In addition to accepting her award, Goodson presented the keynote address at the awards ceremony.
"Dr. Goodson exemplifies commitment to the advancement of women," said Billie Swinford, Marshall's Federal Women's Program manager. "Through her outstanding leadership, initiative and resourcefulness, she strongly encourages the professional growth of employees."
Goodson began her NASA career in 1983 as an intern in Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Office. In 1989, she was senior resident engineer at Martin Marietta in Denver for Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Office.
She returned to Marshall in 1991 as chief of the product evaluation branch of the Quality Assurance Office, part of Marshall's Safety office. In 1993, she again took a senior resident engineer position, this time with the Shuttle Main Engine project in Canoga Park, Calif. She later served as chief of the Payloads Quality Assurance office in Canoga Park.
Goodson returned to Marshall again in 1994 to be the director of Systems Safety and Reliability Office with the Safety and Mission Assurance Office. In 1995, she was named deputy director and assistant to the director of Safety and Mission Assurance.
Goodson also completed NASA's Senior Executive Service Center Development Program -- an elite corps of men and women who administer public programs at top levels of federal government - and received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Marshall Center Director's Commendation.
A graduate of Decatur High School, Goodson earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1983. Goodson also holds a 1992 master's degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and a 2001 doctor of ministry from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn.
Women's Equality Day was established in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. That event was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Nominations for Women's Equality Day were solicited from across the Marshall Center. A panel of their peers selected the winners.
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