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Computational fluid dynamics-generated simulation of a GE-90 aircraft engine.

ARC = NASA Ames Research Center
DFRC = NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
GRC = NASA Glenn Research Center
LaRC = NASA Langley Research Center



Individual Winner
+ Dr. Marian Nemec (ARC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Nemec for his development of parallel adjoint framework software for aerodynamic shape optimization, which provides an unprecedented ability to design supersonic aircraft with low-level sonic booms – an advancement that may someday allow supersonic aircraft to fly over land. The framework is also used to design environmentally responsible commercial aircraft with ultra-high bypass ratio engines. Its methodology is hundreds of times faster than competing techniques in driving and modifying a vehicle's shape to meet the designer's goals. It has enabled the design of more efficient future aircraft concepts tested in NASA Ames' 11-foot transonic wind tunnel, and is being used by designers at Ames, NASA's Langley Research Center, the Boeing Company, and Gulfstream Aerospace.
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Group Winner
+ Synthetic / Enhanced flight Vision Systems (SEVS) Team (Click to read more)
Awarded to the SEVS team for developing and testing technologies that could greatly enhance future flight operations by eliminating delays due to weather. The group conducted extensive flight and ground simulation testing of a system including sensors, computer-generated imagery and displays that enables pilots to see when their natural vision is obscured by weather such as clouds, fog or rain. By creating a virtual electronic view of the terrain, obstacles and traffic outside the cockpit, SEVS provides the ability to make real-time adjustments for low visibility conditions, and improve surface, arrival and departure operations. In addition to simulations on the ground that included pilots, a flight test of SEVS was conducted with partners Honeywell, Gulfstream and the FAA. Data is being analyzed, and will be applied by the FAA and shared with industry to help guide technology development.

Technology and Innovation
NASA Civil Servants
* Randall Bailey (Team Lead)
Kevin Shelton
Kyle Ellis
Lynda Kramer
Lance Prinzel
Trey Arthur
Steve Williams
Denise Jones
Sherri Rehfeld
Steve Young
Bryan Barmore
Victoria Chung
Miguel Alvarez
Brian Hutchinson
Sean Kenney
Darrell Sacra
Phil Smith
Lindsey Lowes
Sonia Herndon

NASA Contractors
Mike Norman
Regina Johns
Terry Abbott
Bill Capron
John Tulppo
Wei Anderson
Jim Barnes
Ben Lewis
Jerry Karwac
Casey Ruddiman
Ming-Yun Shih
Paul Sugden
Regina Tober
Joe Whiting
Brittany Williams
Wendy Pifer
Wayne Burge
Dale Ashcorn
Kemper Kibler
Nevin Oswald
Chris Harrison
Dennis Frasca
Alan Douglas
Joe Fleck
Robert Schwartz
Karen Cruz
Tom Reigh
Dave Long
Roy Albang

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Chip King
Dave Chalk
Jim Ward
Curt Perry
Carl Schomburg
Brian Dickerson
Bud Ball
Bill Osborne
Steven Richman
Rob Roberson

Trish Ververs
Jary Engels
Thea Feyereisen
Aaron Gannon
Santosh Mathan
Olu Olofinboba
Kenyon Riddle

Discover Technology International
Glenn Connor

Tom McCloy
Dan Herschler
Stephen Plishka
Terry King
Dennis Mills

Team Lead, Randall Bailey (LaRC)
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Group Honorable Mention
+ Controller-Managed Spacing / Air Traffic Management Tech Demo (CMS-ATD-1) Team
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Awarded to the CMS-ATD-1 team for their development under aggressive deadlines of an ambitious technology demonstration project to illustrate the potential benefits of integrating a variety of NASA air traffic management technologies that have, on their own shown significant potential efficiency benefits. The project includes multiple simulations involving numerous research labs to evaluate new procedures for improving air traffic flow.

Technology and Innovation
Ames Research Center
* John Robinson (Team Lead)
Debbi Ballinger
David Chin
Fay Chin
Michelle Eshow
Ron Johnson
John Kaneshige
Alan Lee
Sandra Lozito
Daniel Mulfinger
Everett Palmer
Thomas Prevot
John Robinson
Harry Swenson
Jane Thipphavong
Kevin Witzberger

Flight Research Associates
Matt Gregory

Human Solutions, Inc.
Jessica Ciotti
Brian Donnelly
Danny Vincent

Langley Research Center
Brian Baxley
Stella Harrison
Lynn Jenkins
William Johnson
Patrick Kenney
Michael Koch
Elliot Lewis
Gary Lohr
Jennifer Murdoch
Cornelius O’Connor
Michael Palmer
Edward Scearce
Colin Smith
Kurt Swieringa
Sara Wilson

David West
Chris Wyatt

National Institute of Aerospace
Clay Hubbs

David Brown
Diane Carpenter
Eric Gardner
Melody Lin
Jimmy Nguyen
Marty Pethtel
Ghislain Saillant

San Jose State University Foundation
Nancy Bienert
Connie Brasil
Christopher Cabrall
Todd Callantine
Victoria Dulchinos
Albert Globus
Ashley Gomez
Sarah Hunt
Richard Jacoby
Kimberly Jobe
Vaibhav Kelkar
Michael Kupfer
George Lawton
Lynne Martin
Joey Mercer
Susan Morey
Faisal Omar
Thomas Quinonez
Ray Torres
James Wong

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
Shivanjli Sharma

Tom Britton

Paul Sugden

University of California, Santa Cruz
Leonard Bagasol
Steven Chan
Liang Chen
Danny Chiu
Michael Downs
Daniel Du
Lee Helmle
Hai Ou Yang
Terry Smith

Team Lead, John Robinson (ARC)


Individual Winner
+ Dana Purifoy (DFRC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Purifoy for exemplary leadership and management skills while leading the Subsonic Research Aircraft Testbed (SCRAT) modification team at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. An accomplished research pilot himself, Purifoy overcame a set of tough scheduling and funding challenges to complete modification of the Gulfstream G-III aircraft on time, within budget, and in compliance with research objectives. Because of Purifoy's abilities to negotiate, plan, partner, and even pilot – he flew two test missions on SCRAT—the operational and heavily instrumented aircraft was ready for release on time to another NASA aeronautics research team for use in their project. Purifoy's use of the Critical Chain Project Management tool, and other lessons learned regarding checklists and resource planning, are being shared with all aeronautics research centers at NASA.

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Individual Honorable Mention
+ Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (ARC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Kopardekar for new pioneering efforts to develop several innovative initiatives in the airspace systems area to coalesce the technical community, and for his ongoing inspiration to the research community in which he works.


Individual Winner
+ Antonio Rippe (LaRC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Rippe for his innovative contributions to project management with NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project. Through his expertise in integrating cost, schedule, risk and technical content, Rippe supplied valuable "risk-informed" recommendations to management, helping to ensure the successful review and adoption of eight new technology efforts for ERA's phase two research portfolio. His ability to carefully and continuously obtain and weave inputs from team members made Rippe a key contributor to the project. His work and tailored methodology have set a precedent in the application of "risk-informed" assessment tools to aid future projects from planning through implementation.

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Group Winner
+ Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Outreach Team (Click to read more)
Awarded to the ARMD Outreach Team for their work to communicate the value and societal benefits of NASA aeronautics research to decision-makers and to the general public through an unusually high number of NASA and ARMD events in FY12 (October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012). Involving staff from NASA Headquarters and all four aeronautics research centers, the team coordinated an integrated plan of outreach and education activities to ensure inclusion of aeronautics messages at four agency space shuttle disposition multiple day events, a multi-day national science festival, a first-ever aeronautics event on Capitol Hill, and two major air shows that included school visits. Nearly one million one-on-one interactions were achieved by Outreach Team members, significantly elevating awareness of NASA's role in improving the nation's air transportation system.

Program and Mission Support
Ames Research Center
Richard Coppenbarger
Lisa Fern
Mathias Ma
Leslye Mogford
Ronald Strong

Dryden Flight Research Center
Mary Ann Harness
Tom Jones
Nils Larson
James Less
Jay Levine
Kim Lewis-Bias
Steve Lighthill
Lori Losey
Terri Lyon
Lisa Mattox
Martel Martinez
Allen Parker
Mark Pestana
Kevin Rohrer
Jim Ross
Jim Sokolik
Carla Thomas

Glenn Research Center
Tom Benson
Ruben Del Rosario
John Oldenburg

Goddard Space Flight Center
Paulo Oemig

James Banke
Richard Barhydt
Michael Braukus
John Cavolowsky
Jason Chitwood
Lon Forehand
John Gaine
Lillian Gipson
Davis Hackenberg
April Lanotte
Jenay Leach
Kenny McCombs
Oskar Moran
Christopher Osbourn
Linda Phipps
Karen Rugg
James Schultz
* Anthony Springer (Team Lead)
Maria Werries
Alicia Wesley

Johnson Space Center
David Elliott

Langley Research Center
Peter Coen
Susan Gorton
Dawn Jegley
Michael Mastaler
James Pittman
Dan Vicroy

Marshall Space Flight Center
Kimberlee Buter

John Beauchat
Barbara Beauchat
Tim Lott

Team Lead, Anthony Springer (HQ)
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Individual Honorable Mention
+ Anthony Springer (HQ) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Springer for his leadership in integrating ARMD communications and education activities within multiple major outreach events, and for his overarching vision that results in activities, systems or processes that are often adopted by the entire agency.

Group Honorable Mention
+ Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) Icing Engine Contract Team (Click to read more)
Awarded to the PSL Icing Engine Contract Team for exemplary performance in research, legal, and procurement support that enabled the completion of a fast-track agreement between NASA and Honeywell to acquire an engine for validation of the new icing capability in the PSL at NASA's Glenn Research Center.

Program and Mission Support
Glenn Research Center
Michael J. Kinkelaar
* Michael J. Oliver (Team Lead)
Callista M. Puchmeyer

Honeywell Engines and Systems
Ronald Goodwin
Team Lead, Michael J. Oliver (GRC)


Individual Winner
+ Dr. Brenda Henderson (GRC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Henderson for her work as the NASA lead on a jet noise research program with the Office of Naval Research, leveraging the strengths of NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) in advancing the state of the art for low-noise exhaust systems for future high-performance engines. The program's goal is to better understand the environmental impact of jet noise from high-performance military aircraft engines and to find ways to reduce future noise impact – knowledge that can be applied to aircraft explored in NASA's High Speed Project such as supersonic jetliners. Henderson led the creation of a national jet noise technology road map that defines and integrates activities in research across several government agencies. As a result of her efforts, substantial collaboration has developed between the DoD in and NASA in the area of jet noise research.

Individual Honorable Mention
+ James Griner (GRC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Griner for his success in developing strong, mutually beneficial ongoing strategic partnerships to develop communication system requirements for civil command and control of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Communications systems are a key enabler for a global transportation system that allows routine access of all classes of UAS.


Individual Winner
+ Joshua Holladay (ARC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to Holladay for his work with NASA's Airspace Systems Program in the area of separation assurance. A graduate student at the University of California-Santa Cruz and intern at NASA's Ames Research Center, Holladay demonstrated uncommon creativity and initiative in developing promising new solutions including a fast-time simulation platform designed to help explore the options for more efficient use of the separation space between airborne and ground-based vehicles. The tool requires less time and far fewer resources than simulations done to study this issue, which typically involve multiple human actors and extensive hardware. His work offers an inexpensive platform for researchers to achieve consensus in experiment design, to objectively compare different approaches to assuring safe separation between vehicles, and to connect separation assurance efforts between two NASA centers. On his own initiative, Holladay also developed a software configuration management solution for an application used by many NASA researchers that will improve consistency.
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Group Winner
+ Ames Aeronautics Academy—Tilt Rotor Analysis Crew (TRAC) (Click to read more)
Awarded to the TRAC team for advancing the state of the art and directly contributing to solving an ARMD technical challenge by developing a feasible design for a new class of vertical lift heavy transport aircraft. Their work exceeded NASA's Rotary Wing Project's efforts to date by understanding the scaling issues related to very large passenger civilian vertical lift transports (up to 300 passengers). In just eight weeks, the team of three summer academy students at NASA's Ames Research Center reviewed current designs and extrapolated a new engineering approach, demonstrating great potential and skills in a variety of aeronautics disciplines and sciences.

High Potentials
Glenn Research Center
* Guillermo Costa (Team Lead)
Austen Knapp
Daniel Wukelic

Team Lead, Guillermo Costa (ARC)
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