MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Mary Beth Murrill June 10, 1999
JPL EMPLOYEES RECEIVE SPECIAL NASA HONORS
Six key JPL staff members have been awarded special NASA
honors for their work in leading successful space missions,
cutting mission costs and improving the way the space agency does
NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin presented the NASA Honor
Awards for leadership recognition June 2 in Pasadena.
John Casani, JPL's chief engineer, and former project
manager of the Voyager and Galileo missions, received the
agency's Exceptional Achievement Medal for organizing and leading
the Lab's successful ISO 9001 certification campaign, culminating
his career of shaping and implementing the Mariner, Voyager,
Galileo and Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. The medal honors
"significant, specific accomplishment or contribution clearly
characterized by a substantial and significant in operations,
efficiency, service, financial savings, science or technology
that contributes to the NASA mission."
Receiving the Outstanding Leadership Medal, awarded for
"notably outstanding leadership that has had a pronounced effect
on NASA technical or administrative programs," were Stardust
Project Manager Dr. Kenneth Atkins, Deep Space 1 Project Manager
David Lehman and Mars '98 Climate Orbiter and Polar Lander
Project Manager Dr. John McNamee.
The Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor that NASA
confers, was awarded to Space and Earth Sciences Director Dr.
Charles Elachi for his management of the JPL Space and Earth
Sciences Program, and for his vision and leadership in creating a
new architecture for JPL's Mars Exploration Program. The honor
also went to Norm Haynes for his excellent systems engineering,
mission design and project management contributions to JPL flight
projects and his leadership of the Telecommunications and Mission
Operations Directorate and the Mars Exploration Directorate.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology,
The NASA Outstanding Medal is awarded for notably outstanding leadership
that has had a pronounced effect on NASA technical or administrative programs.
The leadership award may be given for an act of leadership or for sustained contributions
base on an individual's effectiveness as a leader, the productivity of the individual's
program, or demonstrated ability to develop the administrative or technical
talents of other employees.