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Ball Aerospace Employees Honored by SPIE for Advancing Optics

April 20, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.– The Society of Photographic Instrument Engineers (SPIE) has recognized two Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. employees for their work to advance an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. The international SPIE society honors candidates who have distinguished themselves through significant technical contributions in one or more fields of optical, photo-optical and optoelectronic applied science and engineering.

Ball Aerospace staff consultant and SPIE fellow, Morley Blouke was named SPIE’s 2009 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year. Blouke helped advance theoretical models to achieve image performance from charge couple devices, resulting in contributions to the Hubble Space Telescope’s first generation instrument, the Wide Field Planetary Camera, the second generation Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, and the third generation Advanced Camera for Surveys, as well as the Halley Multicolor Camera and Galileo missions.

SPIE also inducted Ball Aerospace Vice President and General Manager of Antenna & Video Technologies, Jim Oschmann, into its Fellows Society for his achievements in astronomical telescope design and lasers. Fellow candidates are evaluated on their technical accomplishments and their service to the general optical community and SPIE. Oschmann was the lead systems engineer, then project manager of the Gemini Observatory, which consists of two eight-meter infrared-optimized telescopes. In addition, he was the project manager for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope. Since joining Ball, Oschmann has consulted on the design of the James Webb Space Telescope and has also participated in systems engineering and management reviews of other astronomical telescopes, including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

SPIE is an international membership society, serving scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government, as well as companies producing leading-edge products. SPIE constituents work in a wide variety of fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics, which is the science and application of light. More than 600 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society’s inception in 1955, including the 59 new Fellows honored this year.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. 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 (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government.
Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of more than $7.5 billion.


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