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Three NASA Researchers Receive Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 17, 2005 - Three NASA researchers received the SAE International Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal for their technical paper, “Performance Characterization of a Lithium-Ion Gel Polymer Battery Power Supply System for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (Paper No. 2004-01-3166). The award was presented Oct. 4, 2005 during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exposition at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Area, Texas.

The award, established in 1928, annually recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to the design, construction or research of aerospace engines. The award commemorates Charles M. Manly, SAE’s 1919 President, for his contributions to the field of aeronautical engineering.

This year's award-winning authors are:

Concha Reid Concha Reid – NASA Glenn Research Center

Reid is an electrical engineer in the Electrochemistry Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Oh. Since joining NASA in 2001, she has worked on the development, testing and validation of lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries for aerospace flight. She was instrumental in establishing the test capabilities used to characterize state-of the-art Li-Ion cells and batteries. She serves as the GRC in-house Li-Ion battery test leader and is responsible for the life cycle testing of the spaceflight-qualified Mars 2001 Lander battery. Reid is also the power system architecture leader for the Advanced Extravehicular Activities team, which is currently developing the power system for the advanced spacesuit for in-space, Lunar and Martian exploration. She recently accepted the lead position in an effort to develop advanced battery and fuel cell concepts for high altitude long endurance vehicle applications. Reid mentors NASA student interns, gives talks about NASA and electric power in space to school children, works to encourage college students to pursue graduate degrees in science and engineering, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the NASA GRC day care center. She is currently a doctorate candidate in electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, respectively.

Michelle ManzoMichelle Manzo - NASA Glenn Research Center

Manzo is the Chief of the Electrochemistry Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Oh. Her duties involve overseeing the development of advanced battery and fuel cell systems for a variety of NASA applications, including satellites, lunar and planetary landers, rovers, bases, auxiliary power units on aircraft and next-generation advanced extravehicular activity space suits. She has been involved with the NASA Aerospace Flight Battery Systems Program, an agency-wide committee addressing the quality, reliability and availability of aerospace batteries for NASA missions, since its inception in 1988 and currently serves as the program’s lead. Manzo has authored or co-authored more than 35 papers dealing with advanced electrochemical systems for NASA applications. Among her achievements are the 1984 R&D 100 Award, the 1998 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the 2003 Design News Women in Engineering Award, the 2004 Alderson Broaddus Alumni Achievement Award and numerous NASA internal awards. Manzo is a member of the Electrochemistry Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Alderson Broaddus College. She also holds a master’s degree in engineering science from the University of Toledo.

Michael LoganMichael Logan - NASA Glenn Research Center

Logan currently heads the NASA Langley Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Laboratory. He has more than 27 years of experience in aerospace, including 12 years in private industry before joining NASA in 1990. His focus has been on conceptual aircraft design and he has worked on a variety of vehicles from one-pound UAVs to one million-pound transports. In 2002, he transferred to Langley’s Systems Engineering Competency to head up the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Laboratory where he has been able to take several designs from concept to flight. Logan is the author of numerous technical papers in the areas of aircraft design and analysis. He is a member of SAE International, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Society of Allied Weight Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He is a registered Professional Engineer. Logan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.