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Ball Aerospace Engineer Lisa Barker Wins NSBE Award

March 20, 2007

Boulder, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Principal Engineer Lisa Barker will receive the Golden Torch, Outstanding Woman in Technology Award, from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on Saturday, March 31, during NSBE’s 2007 annual convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Barker, a graduate of the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, is currently the Integrated Product lead for star tracker assembly electronics redesign at Ball Aerospace. Until recently, Barker managed the company’s electrical engineering (EE) processes and served as chairperson for the preventative and corrective action board, the EE department’s policy group. Since joining Ball Aerospace in 2000, Barker has worked on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Deep Impact program, as well as commercial space programs. She also works with the company’s intern program, and outside of Ball, serves on several Denver neighborhood boards and non-profits.

“It is truly an honor to receive national recognition from NSBE, especially because my community service and leadership began as a member of NSBE 25 years ago,” said Barker. “I am grateful for the support of my peers and Ball Aerospace management.”

NSBE is an organization of more than 18,000 members, composed of more than 270 chapters of college and university campuses, 75 alumni extension chapters nationwide and 75 pre-college chapters. The NSBE mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

The announcement of Barker’s award marked the second time in 2006 that Ball Aerospace women engineers were honored for their outstanding accomplishments. Earlier in the year, Women in Aerospace honored Amy Walsh with an outstanding achievement award for her work on Ball Aerospace’s successful Deep Impact program.

Ball Aerospace supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific “firsts” and now acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products and owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ball reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion and employs 15,500 people.

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