The Aerospace Corporation Awards Highest Honors to Eight Employees

Corporate Staff
posted September 23, 2013

El Segundo, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2013) – The Aerospace Corporation honored eight employees during its 34th annual President’s and Trustees’ Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony on Sept. 19.  Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of the corporation, presided over the ceremony.

Dr. Donald Lewis was honored with the 2013 Trustees’ Distinguished Achievement Award for his outstanding personal contribution and leadership of Project West Wing into its 56th year of premier space-related technical intelligence service to the nation. For more than two decades, Lewis has provided the leadership, personal technical contributions, and intellectual focus to make PWW synonymous with excellence in space intelligence. Robert Walker, board of trustees member and chair of the awards subcommittee, presented the award.

The group winner of the President’s Achievement Award consisted of: Ronald Clifton, Marc Di Prinzio, Dr. Matthew Ferringer and Timothy Thompson, Engineering and Technology Group, for developing a groundbreaking constellation replenishment technique to recover, and ultimately enhance, the performance of a national security space asset. In addition, the team’s new constellation design allowed for 20 percent improvement in performance upon completion of the replenishment plan.

The individual winners of the President’s Achievement Award were James Ford, Finance and Business Operations, for being instrumental in championing long-term management and operational initiatives that have improved Aerospace and government operations; Kenneth Goussak, Space Program Operations, for making a significant and positive impact by greatly minimizing down-time for critical military systems and avoiding hardware fixes that were estimated to cost more than $30 million; and Dr. Patrick Mak, Space Program Operations, for championing a successful service-life extension program for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program that extended the mission life of numerous satellites in the constellation.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.

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