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Ball Aerospace's Becky Emerle Receives Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace
October 28, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Engineer Becky Emerle has been recognized with the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) programs.
The WIA award is given for noteworthy achievement or contributions to a single aerospace project or program that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field. Emerle was one of six honorees at the 24th annual WIA awards banquet on Oct. 27 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Emerle’s ACS and STIS repair teams’ efforts resulted in newly designed power supplies that proved to be more robust than the originals. She also helped develop the tools and training for the astronauts to replace the hardware while in orbit.
“I am extremely honored that WIA has included me among such an outstanding group of women recognized for their professional contributions,” said Emerle. “The ACS repair was very challenging but made easier by the innovative spirit and the collaboration among members of Ball’s Hubble program team.”
Emerle is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BS AE) and the University of Texas at Austin (MS AE). She joined Ball Aerospace in July 2001.
Other winners of the 2009 achievement award included: Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator, National Air and Space Museum; Melinda Ann Burkhart Tate, Chief, Strategic Technologies Branch, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs; Beverly Seay, Senior Vice President/Business Unit General Manager, Science Applications International Corporation; and Dr. Linda Billings, Research Professor and Principal Investigator, The George Washington University and NASA’s Astrobiology Program.
Women in Aerospace is dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community. Members share an interest in many aerospace issues, including human space flight, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic space exploration, and the policy issues surrounding these fields.
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.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging 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 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.
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