NASA News: NASA Announces Winners of 2011 George M. Low Award for Quality

WASHINGTON -- NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and
performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies that share a
commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety,
and customer service.

The Low award demonstrates the agency's commitment to promote
excellence and continual improvement by challenging NASA's contractor
community to be a global benchmark of quality management practices.

The 2011 awards were presented Feb. 23 at NASA's ninth annual Project
Management Challenge in Orlando, Fla., to:

-- Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. of Huntsville, Ala. Teledyne Brown
Engineering provides space systems engineering, exploration, science,
operations and maintenance, and manufacturing services to NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center; and payload and cargo integration for
NASA's Johnson Space Center. This is the second time in the past five
years that Teledyne Brown Engineering has received the award in the
large business service category.

-- Sierra Lobo, Inc. of Milan, Ohio. Sierra Lobo develops critical
systems and technologies, and provides research support services
associated with aeronautics and space exploration at NASA's Glenn
Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center in Hampton,
Va.; Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Ames Research
Center in Mountain View, Calif.; and Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Sierra Lobo, also a two-time winner, received the award in the small
business service category. It previously received the award in 2007.

The award was established in 1985 as NASA's Excellence Award for
Quality and Productivity. It was renamed in 1990 in memory of George
M. Low, an outstanding leader with a strong commitment to quality
products and workforce during his 27-year tenure at the agency. Low
was NASA's deputy administrator from 1969 to 1976 and a leader in the
early development of space programs.

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D.C. School To Receive NASA Space Shuttle Tile During Black History Month Event Monday

WASHINGTON -- Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for
education and a former space shuttle astronaut, will present a space
shuttle tile to Bruce Monroe Elementary School at Parkview and speak
to students on Monday, Feb. 27.

Representatives of the media wanting to attend the event should
contact Ann Marie Trotta at 202-358-1601 or ann.marie.trotta@nasa.gov
by 9 a.m. Feb. 27. The school is located at 3650 Warder Street NW in
Washington. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last 90 minutes.

Melvin will share with the students his experiences as a crew member
aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on two missions, STS-122 in 2008
and STS-129 in 2009. He also will discuss NASA careers, including how
to become an astronaut, and the opportunities available to students
who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

NASA's education programs employ the agency's many missions to inspire
learners of all ages. The space shuttle tile program is an example of
how the agency uses its unique assets to engage student audiences.

To learn how schools can apply to receive a space shuttle tile for
STEM curricula, visit:


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