Volume: 01, Issue: 13 09/24/2003 
Women in Aerospace Award winners, left to right: Marcia Smith, Blair Marks, Melanie Bean, Andrea Donnellan, Marla Perez-Davis, and Barbara Morgan.
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NASA Astronaut Barbara Morgan.
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And the Winner Is . . .

Six phenomenally driven and talented women recently garnered recognition for their outstanding accomplishments. Women in Aerospace (WIA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements and promoting the advancement of women in aerospace and related careers, honored these women during its annual awards ceremony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 16.

Chosen by a review committee from nearly 100 nominations in an open solicitation, this year's winners include two notable achievements—the first recipient of the new Aerospace Awareness award presented for excellence in building public awareness of aerospace, and the first tie in the category of Outstanding Achievement.

This year's winners are:

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Marcia S. Smith, Senior Level Specialist in Aerospace and Telecommunications Policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Leadership Award:
Blair C. Marks, Director C-5 Avionics Modernization Program, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Marietta, Georgia

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Captain Melanie Bean, Delta IV Integrated Product Team Mission Lead, Detachment 9, USAF, Vandenberg AFB, California

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Andrea Donnellan, Deputy Manager, Earth and Space Sciences Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California

Aerospace Educator Award:
Barbara R. Morgan, NASA Astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Aerospace Awareness Award:
Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Chief, Electrochemistry Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Notably, three of these recipients are part of NASA. Andrea Donnellan, Barbara Morgan, and Marla Perez-Davis all work for NASA centers around the United States.

"These valuable members of the NASA family are truly inspiring, said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. “They have gone above and beyond the call of duty in highlighting the advancement of women in aerospace fields. They're a reflection of the best and brightest at NASA, and I am proud to see them honored in this way."

Morgan received the Aerospace Educator Award for her pioneering work in integrating space research with classroom education. She is NASA's first Educator Astronaut and assigned as a crewmember on STS-118. Morgan was selected in 1985 as the backup candidate for the Teacher in Space program.

Following the Challenger accident, the program was suspended and Morgan worked with NASA's Education Office. Morgan met with teachers and students across the country to share her space-training experiences and their relevance to the classroom and America¹s future.

In 1986, Morgan returned to teaching at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School in Idaho, but continued to travel the country in support of NASA's education efforts. In 1998, she was selected by NASA to complete her astronaut training.

Perez-Davis will be the first recipient of the Aerospace Awareness Award. The award recognizes an individual's work to build public awareness of aerospace programs and increase public understanding of aerospace development and activities. Perez-Davis has also served as a role model and mentor to students of diverse backgrounds and races, from many nations.

She joined NASA in 1983 and serves as Glenn Research Center Chief of the Electrochemistry Branch. She manages the research and technology workforce and efforts to carry out research and development, component design, cell fabrication, tests, advanced system conception, and preliminary evaluation related to electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Donnellan will receive WIA's Outstanding Achievement Award for her accomplishments and contributions to aerospace science. She has continually demonstrated to the public the value of space technology for improving understanding of earthquake and volcanic hazards. Donnellan is a geophysicist and serves as JPL Deputy Division Manager of the Earth and Space Science Division; she also is a research professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

For more information about these award winners, visit:
http://www.womeninaerospace.org

To learn more about NASA, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov

    
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