2007 Stellar Awards Winners
The 2007 RNASA Stellar Award winners in each of four categories were announced at the banquet on April 20, 2007 at the Houston Hyatt Regency hotel.
A listing of all the Stellar Awards Nominees was printed in the program book:
- Early Career Nominees (pdf)
- Middle Career Nominees (pdf)
- Late Career Nominees (pdf)
- Team Nominees (pdf)
Stellar Awards winners in all categories. Available in high res. Caption: Second row L to R: Brandenstein, Singer, Ceccacci, Thomson, Sigur, Lacefield, Clifford, Ecord. First row L to R: York, Doering, Hopkins, Arepalli, Saveley, Sparks, Graf, Vajdos, Cooper. Not pictured: Beckett, Boardman, Crouch, Cuardos, Duxbury, Kennedy, Scudder, Weigel. (NASA)
NOTE: Individual winner photos are available by request.
Early Career Category Winners
Six Stellar Awards were presented in the 2007 Early Career category (individuals up to age 33).
2007 Stellar Awards winners in Early Career Category. High Res. Photo caption L to R: Reilly, Crouch, York, Mulqueen (for Scudder), Hopkins, Clifford, Higginbotham. Weigel not pictured. (NASA)
A listing of all the Early Career Nominees (click for pdf) was printed in the program. The winners were:
Capt Brian M. Clifford of the USAF - Exceptional contributions as the Flight Commander for the first two Vandenberg AFB Delta IV Missions, successfully placing National Reconnaissance Office and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) payloads in orbit in direct support of the Global War on Terror.
Mr. Robert Crouch of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - Dedication and leadership in supporting safe flight of the Space Shuttle.
Mr. Joshua B. Hopkins of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. - Development of safe trajectories enabling Atlas V to carry commercial passengers, and authoring the International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, which has become the industry standard reference on launch vehicles.
Mr. Matthew P. Scudder of The Boeing Company - Significant knowledge and expertise resulting in recognition by the ISS program as the ISS expert in numerous program areas, including plasma contactor units, remote power control modules, electrical power system orbital replaceable unit firmware, and NASA's Java mission evaluation workstation system data gathering and display software. Mr. Mark Mulqueen accepted the award for Mr. Scudder.
Ms. Dana J. Weigel of NASA JSC - A history of strong technical ability and leadership resulting in her selection as a flight director in 2005, where she immediately began leading Mission Control in critical activities.
Mr. David R. York of The Boeing Company - Outstanding contributions in resolving critical technical issues as a result of his expertise in the area of large flexible body structural dynamics, and specifically for developing a tool currently used to calculate dynamic transient loads to help ensure the safety of the ISS crew.
Middle Career Category Winners
Seven Stellar Awards were presented in the Middle-Career category in 2007 (ages 33-50).
2007 Stellar Awards winners in Middle Career Category. High Res. Photo caption L to R: Higginbotham, Leonard, Sparks, Singer, Doering, Sigur, Cuardos, Ceccacci, Reilly. (NASA)
A listing of all the Mid Career Nominees (click for pdf) was printed in the program. The Mid-Career winners were:
Mr. Anthony J. Ceccacci of NASA JSC - Twenty-six years of key leadership in manned space flight, spanning flight control in all phases of shuttle flight, with unparalleled depth and breadth of systems expertise and operations experience and an exemplary record leading Mission Control as a shuttle flight director.
Mr. Robert R. Cuadros of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - Outstanding support for the advancement of rocket propulsion systems for the nation's space programs.
Ms. Kimberly B. Doering of NASA JSC - Outstanding contributions to the safe and highly successful Space Shuttle operations to continue the assembly of the ISS in 2005 and 2006.
Mr. Timothy G. Leonard of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - Outstanding technical excellence in development and demonstration of engine throttle technology in support of space exploration upper stage and lunar lander applications.
Mrs. Wanda A. Sigur of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Michoud Operations - Outstanding leadership demonstrated during the return-to-flight effort on the Space Shuttle's External Tank program.
Mr. Christopher E. Singer of NASA MSFC - Unwavering pursuit of innovative approaches to mitigate critical debris sources from propulsion elements and enable the safe return to flight of the Space Shuttle.
Mr. Carson W. Sparks of United Space Alliance - Service as a lead engineer for the Mission Operations Directorate's Flight Design and Dynamics division's Ascent/Entry Flight Dynamics unit, with significant contributions to safety of flight.
Late Career Category Winners
Seven Stellar Awards were presented in the Late-Career category in 2007 (individuals over age 50).
2007 Stellar Awards Winners in Late Career Category. High Res. Photo caption L to R: Reilly, Lacefield, Beckett, Boardman, Brandenstein, Ecord, Savely, Higginbotham. Kennedy not pictured. (NASA)
A listing of all the Late Career Nominees (click for pdf) was printed in the program. The winners were:
Mr. Eugene J. Beckett of United Space Alliance - Outstanding dedication and extraordinary contributions to the management of human spaceflight from Apollo to Space Shuttle programs.
Mr. Terry Boardman of ATK Launch Systems - Lifetime achievement for 30 years of exceptional vision, innovation and dedication in rocket motor technology development and engineering leadership on the Space Shuttle program.
Mr. Dan C Brandenstein of Lockheed Martin - Lifetime contributions to the advancement of space exploration and human space flight, with an outstanding career serving as a naval aviator, astronaut, pilot and commander of four Space Shuttle missions, corporate executive and program manager for the NASA Mission Support Operations Contract, and leading visionary safety advocacy and educational outreach initiatives.
Mr. Glenn M. Ecord of NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) - Setting up fracture control methodology for human spaceflight hardware that has allowed for the improved design of space vehicles and components and is utilized internationally.
Mr. James W. Kennedy of NASA Kennedy Space Center - Outstanding leadership and technical direction of NASA's pioneering space endeavors and the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE).
Mr. Tommie C. Lacefield of Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Demonstrated excellence in furthering the future of space throughout a career at the Navy, NASA, and most recently as Lockheed Martin Project Orion Program Manager.
Mr. Robert T. Savely of NASA JSC - Extended, exemplary career advancing technology and furthering NASA's critical interests in software, robotics, and navigation systems, affecting space missions from Apollo through the return to the Moon.
Team Category Winners
Six Stellar Awards were presented in the Team category in 2007.
2007 Stellar Awards Winners in Team Category. High Res. Photo caption L to R: Higginbotham, Thomson, Arepalli, Cooper, Vajdos, Duxbury, Graf, Reilly. (NASA)
A listing of all the Team Nominees (click for pdf) was printed in the program. The winners were:
Education and Outreach Program Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute - Performance as a nationally recognized, top-tier program that is pioneering new models for exemplary teaching, training and public outreach, in support of the Vision for Space Exploration. The award was accepted by William Thomson on behalf of the team.
ISS Flight Software Team of The Boeing Company - Outstanding dedication and performance in reaching ISS assembly complete functionality, including providing on-orbit software to six-sigma level quality and gaining Software Engineering Institute certification to Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 5. The award was accepted by Gary W. Cooper on behalf of the team.
ISS Guidance, Navigation, and Control Team of The Boeing Company - Outstanding performance in overcoming serious threats to the ISS guidance, navigation and control system after the Columbia tragedy, most especially developing solutions for the control moment gyroscope, supporting shuttle return-to-flight, and resumption of ISS assembly. The award was accepted by Gregory W. Vajdos on behalf of the team.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Development and Operations team of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Successful development, launch, and operations of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is conducting remote sensing and world class science of the planet Mars. The award was accepted by James E. Graf on behalf of the team.
Nanotube Research and Development Team of ERC Inc. - Exceptional dedication, hard work, and technical excellence in furthering the understanding of nanomaterials and their application to fuel cells, lightweight composites, and carbon dioxide removal systems. The award was accepted by Sivaram S. Arepalli on behalf of the team.
Stardust Flight and Recovery Team of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Exceptional achievement during its historic seven-year planetary space flight to bring to Earth samples of primordial material from a cometary nucleus, unchanged since the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago, enabling study of the origin and evolution of our solar system and life on Earth. The award was accepted by Thomas C. Duxbury on behalf of the team.
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