Eleven Teledyne Brown Employees Receive NASA Silver Snoopy Awards
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (November 29, 2006) - Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (TBE) announced today that 11 employees recently received NASA Silver Snoopy awards, the astronauts' personal award for professional excellence. To date, 30 Teledyne Brown employees have been the recipient of the Snoopy Award.
Tim Kopra and Donald Thomas, NASA astronauts, presented Kathy Brown, Shawn Hicks, Sharon Manley, Patti Rehage, Allen Taylor, Paul Armbrester, James McClendon, Chuck Thompson, David Patterson, Tony Scaffardi and Paul Gibbons each with a silver Snoopy pin that had flown on a Space Shuttle mission, a certificate of appreciation and a commendation letter. Employees must be nominated for the award and meet stringent criteria. The number of recipients represents no more than one percent of the space program's workforce. ,
"I am extremely proud of our employees," said James M. Link, president, Teledyne Brown. "It is an honor for them to be singled out for this recognition. It is great to know that their work has contributed to the safety and success of our space missions. The high number of Teledyne Brown employees who have received a Snoopy award is a reflection of the quality and caliber of employee working at Teledyne Brown."
Kathy Brown has supported NASA space programs for more than 20 years. She began as an analyst tracking procurement and inventory for NASA payload hardware, and currently supports the International Space Station Program as Crew Training Coordinator and Payload Communications Manager (PAYCOM). Brown compiles individual payload training requirements for all ISS crew members and ensures payload training execution. She also provided critical coordination and scheduling between the European Space Agency and Johnson Space Center that allowed crew members to be trained on multi-agency payloads operated on the Space Station.
During 16 years as a Systems Engineer on NASA programs, Shawn Hicks has demonstrated sustained excellence in integration, test, verification, flight certification and operations of Science Experiments and Technology Demonstration Payloads. His analytical skills have been instrumental in the success of the Space Laboratory Mission, the Payload Mission, Integration for the Shuttle Missions, and Utilization and Logistic Flight Missions. Hicks has provided engineering and flight operations support for 25% of all Shuttle Payload Stowage activities from 1990-2001. He is currently supporting the design and development of the Constellation Program's Crew Launch Vehicle.
Sharon Manley has supported the design, development, integration, test, verification, and operations of Science Experiments and Technology Demonstration Payloads on Shuttle Missions and the Space Station. She also supported manifesting, pre-flight planning, and operations of Science Investigations for the Protein Crystal Growth Single-locker Thermal Enclosure System. She is working as the Systems Engineer for the development of a hand held Portable Test System for use by the Space Station Crew Members to monitor and control life support systems, surface contacts and crew health for biological and chemical contamination in closed spacecraft systems.
Patti Rehage has over 21 years of supporting NASA programs in government property administration, program control and now as a lead business analyst. Her work has consistently contributed to cost and time savings. As a Property Administrator, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of a materials inventory system which avoided "stop work" notifications on key space programs, resulting in no loss time for annual inventories and increased the integrity of the materials tracking system. As a Business Analyst, she ensured that financial and schedule objectives were met or exceed requirements. Rehage also works closely with the NASA/MSFC Program Managers and the TBE Program Managers to make sure annual budgets and program efficiencies are maintained.
For more than 14 years, Allen Taylor has served as a Training Specialist and Operations Lead supporting NASA space programs. His expertise in the area of crew training and training systems has been invaluable in the success of payload training and the certification of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station crews on experiment operations. Because of his expertise, Taylor is currently assigned as an Operations Lead for the International Space Station program where he determines, justifies and supports the requirements for payload simulators and the training requirements for Space Station crew members with regard to science payloads. Taylor is credited with being instrumental in the mission success for experiment operations through the successful training of the Space Station experiment operators.
Chuck Thompson has performed Payload Simulations for NASA Programs including Spacelab Missions and the International Space Station. His performance in preparing and executing payload simulations has been outstanding. He was instrumental in training Ground Support Personnel including NASA cadre, Payload Developers and Astronauts for the two NASA Manned Space Flight Programs. Thompson was recognized by the flight crews for his efforts in creating a flight-like training environment which led to three successful Spacelab missions and was also singled out as a "key performer" by the Mission Management team for these missions. He was selected to lead the Simulation Team for the first ever mission dedicated to microgravity sciences, the Microgravity Sciences Laboratory. Thompson demonstrated key leadership skills in managing the Simulation Team and in accomplishing scheduled milestones for this successful training.
David Patterson has been a key member on the Boeing/Teledyne Brown Engineering International Space Station Team in the position of Command and Data Systems Team Lead and as a Data Flow Planner on the Spacelab Team. His performance in preparing and executing command and data handling flight products for the International Space Station has been superior and has assured minimal loss of science at the Payload Operations Integration Center. His implementation of the process improvement to consolidate the Command and Payload Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Officer and the Photo and Television Operations Manager positions into one position without impacting continuous real-time console support and preparations for Shuttle Return to Flight (RTF) resulted in reducing the number of console positions required to support operations. Under Patterson's leadership and daily guidance, the Command and Data Systems Team played a major role in developing test plans and procedures, participating in planning meetings and comparing the quality of data received.
Tony Scaffardi received the Silver Snoopy for the manner he has performed training for and executing Data Management Coordinator tasks for the International Space Station over the past six years. Scaffardi's outstanding performance and capabilities in both the operations preparation and real-time environments has been noted by the payload cadre, including contractors and government personnel and Payload Developers. He was a vital member of the Command and Data Systems Team and is respected for his technical abilities and willingness to accept and perform difficult tasks. Scaffardi's contribution to the development of console tools that enhance data management productivity and reduce opportunities for flight controller errors has been tremendous.
During his 16 years with NASA, Paul Armbrester has supported several MSFC programs and is recognized by management as an individual with knowledge, initiative, leadership and ability to perform above the tasks associated with the positions he has been assigned. Armbrester is currently serving as Business Manager for International Space Station Payloads Integration Contract, where he provides proposal development, participates in contract negotiation, completes work plan development, and budget management, assures on time commitments and follow-ups to ensure customer satisfaction. His work on restructuring the Payload Operation Integration Function functional teams reduced the labor force and increased production.
Andy McClendon has been supporting NASA/MSFC for over 35 years. He has worked with the Increment Scientist on the Microgravity Research Program to prepare for and support real-time payload operations being conducted on the International Space Station since February 2001. His dedication and real time operations experience has been a valuable asset to NASA and specifically the Increment Scientist as he worked on the console at the MSFC Payload Operations Integration Center (POIC). He has continuously monitored real-time payload operations aboard the International Space Station and has coordinated with the participating Principal Investigator teams and the POIC Cadre to assure the Increment Scientist is informed about payload operation opportunities and problems that may exist.
Paul Gibbons first began supporting NASA in 1981 as a Propellants and Pressurants Engineer designing cryogenic and high pressure systems. Gibbons also performed structural analysis on the United States Microgravity Laboratory payloads, Flight Support Equipment, and Integrated Carriers systems on NASA's Spacelab Program. When faced with the challenge of constructing dynamics models of 48 separate rack models, performing verification and validation on each and integrating the models along with 3 payload rack models to create 8 separate integrated MPLM models, Gibbons did so in eight weeks and completed all of the required work with 100% accuracy. The speed and accuracy of Paul's work is a testament to his attention to detail, his ability to organize, and his professional conduct. The ULF1.1 rack analysis process was completed in record time due in large part to the work of Gibbons.
The Silver Snoopy is the astronauts' personal award to members of the workforce for outstanding and exemplary work. The Snoopy emblem reflects NASA and industry's sense of responsibility and continuing concern for astronaut flight safety. It is a meaningful link between the Astronaut Corps and members of the NASA/industry work team.
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