Cornell University Professor Mason Peck is the new NASA chief technologist, NASA announced in a Nov. 8 news release.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden picked Peck to be the agency’s principal adviser and advocate on technology policy and programs. Peck, who starts in January, is charged with coordinating, tracking and integrating technology investments across the agency
"Mason's lifelong commitment to learning and expertise in aerospace engineering makes him ideally suited to advise and help guide the agency toward the technologies and innovations that will enable our future missions," Bolden said.
Peck will serve at NASA under an intergovernmental personnel agreement with Cornell, where he is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
He succeeds Robert Braun, who returned to Georgia Institute of Technology.
Peck has worked at NASA before, as an engineer on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. His academic research has been supported by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and the International Space Station.
He also has worked for Boeing, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. He has authored 82 academic articles and holds 17 patents in the U.S. and European Union.
Peck earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 09, 2011 at 9:20 AM0 comments
With a little bit of planning and the free “Light Bulb Finder” mobile application, most people could be more effective in selecting and buying energy-efficient light bulbs.
On Nov. 8 the Environmental Protection Agency honored the Eco Hatchery LLC light bulb application as “Overall Best App” in its Apps for the Environment Challenge. The agency named five winners in the competition.
The Light Bulb Finder, developed by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of Milwaukee, Wis., was designed to make it easier for users to switch to energy-saving bulbs. It can be used to view bulb images and cost, savings and environmental impacts, and to create shopping lists and buy bulbs online or at stores. It is available for free for Android and iPhone.
In the contest, developers were encouraged to use EPA data to help protect people and the environment, Malcolm Jackson, EPA’s chief information officer, said in a news release. “The winners of the Apps for the Environment challenge demonstrate that it’s possible to transform data from EPA and elsewhere into applications that people can use.”
The other winners are:
- Runner Up, Best Overall App: Hootroot by Matthew Kling of Brighter Planet, Shelburne, Vt.
- Winner, Best Student App: EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C..
- Runner Up, Best Student App: Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.
- Popular Choice Award: CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 08, 2011 at 11:45 AM0 comments
Michael Raponi is the new inspector general for the U.S. Government Printing Office, where he will be in charge of auditing GPO’s production and distribution of information products and services.
Raponi previously was the deputy assistant inspector general for audits at the Labor Department. He also has held various posts at inspectors general offices at the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments.
He takes charge of the GPO office from Interim Inspector General Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramirez, Jr., who served in that capacity since May. Previously, Tony Ogden had been the GPO's inspector general since 2007. Ogden currently is general counsel to the inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to his LInkedIn profile.
Raponi was appointed to the position by Public Printer Bill Boarman.
Raponi served in the U.S. Army as a Patriot Missile mechanic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
At the GPO, Raponi will investigate and audit programs including the Federal Digital System and the Federal Depository Library Program.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 07, 2011 at 11:47 AM0 comments
Two government officials have been recognized for their commitment to public service and superior leadership by American University’s School of Public Affairs.
Margaret Gilligan, associate administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration, and Dr. John A. Montgomery, director of research at the Department of the Navy’s Naval Research Laboratory, received the annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership on Oct. 24.
Founded in 1978, the award honors public servants whose government careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness in organizational development and a strong commitment to training and educating managers and executives. Some of the recent winners include officials from the Internal Revenue Service, the Defense Department and the Energy Department.
Gilligan and Montgomery were recognized for their “superior leadership resulting in outstanding achievements that improve the quality of everyday life for all Americans,” said William LeoGrande, dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs.
“They epitomize dedication to public service, and we challenge our students to strive to emulate these two outstanding individuals as they embark on their future careers,” he added.
Gilligan has been FAA’s associate administrator since 2009 and leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing and enforcing safety standards for all elements of the aviation industry. She has also served as the government co-chair of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which works to decrease the risk of accidents.
Montgomery joined NRL in 1968 and has overseen development of numerous life- and cost-saving systems for military and commercial applications. He is a five-time Presidential Rank awardee and a long-time member of the Senior Executive Service, and has been awarded numerous honors for his leadership at NRL.
Posted by Camille Tuutti on Nov 01, 2011 at 12:24 PM0 comments
Chief Learning Officer magazine honored Lisa Doyle of the Veterans Affairs Department as the 2011 Chief Learning Officer of the Year.
Doyle is chancellor of the VA’s Acquisition Academy. She was named the academy’s first chancellor when it was formed in 2008 with a mandate to train, certify and expand the VA’s 40,000-member acquisition workforce.
Doyle received the award for her work in standing up the VA Acquisition Academy. As chancellor, she’s responsible for training VA’s acquisition workforce. She has established career development programs and is developing experiential learning opportunities.
Although the academy incorporates classroom work, Doyle takes a more holistic approach. The coursework goes well beyond rote learning of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to cover the softer skills needed by contracting officers.
“We take it to the next level,” Doyle said in a recent interview with Federal Computer Week. “Technical training is not everything. We develop the whole person.”
“The CLO of the Year award is given annually to the candidate who best exemplifies leadership qualities, creates the vision for change in his or her organization, and adds value for stakeholders,” the magazine said in a news release on Oct. 26.
Doyle was selected for the award by a panel of seven judges, including past recipients of the honor.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz, Matthew Weigelt on Oct 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM1 comments