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NASA Research Engineer Wins SAE International's Women Leadership Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 25, 2006 -

Kim de GrohKim de Groh, senior materials research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, has been selected to receive SAE International’s J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders.  De Groh will be presented the award at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit, Mich., April 3-6.

The award, established in 1999, is designed to recognize a woman for displaying strong leadership and outstanding performance in the mobility industry. 

De Groh is a senior materials research engineer in the Electro-Physics Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.  She is an internationally-known technical leader at NASA in areas relating to the durability of spacecraft materials exposed to the space environment.  De Groh’s research has directly impacted Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions and has resulted in improved ground-laboratory testing methods for predicting the environmental durability of spacecraft materials.  De Groh is the principal investigator for seven International Space Station flight experiments and has participated in numerous shuttle flight and Russian Space Station Mir experiments.

She has served as an on-site mentor and team leader for young women working on the PEACE (Polymer Erosion and Contamination Experiment) projects, collaborative experiments with the Hathaway Brown School for girls.  De Groh has mentored 31 university students during her 16 years at NASA, resulting in a total of 36 of her 79 publications co-authored by students.

De Groh is active in several outreach activities and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including two of NASA’s highest honors: the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award.  She was also honored with the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award and has received numerous achievement awards from the NASA Glenn Research Center, including the recently-awarded NASA Glenn Superior Accomplishment Award.  For her combined technical and mentoring efforts, de Groh has been honored with the NASA GRC Federal Women's Program 2000 Award and the 2000 Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA of Medina County.  She was an active member of the Women's Advisory Group at NASA Glenn Research Center for six years and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

De Groh holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in materials science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.