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Glynn Germany to Lead Space Weather Initiatives for Ball Aerospace
November 4, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.– Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced the appointment of Dr. Glynn Germany as the company’s space weather technical lead for the Space Control and Remote Sensing business unit in Albuquerque, N.M. Germany will manage projects related to space weather initiatives, including development of space environment research instruments, and tools for space weather prediction.
Germany has more than 20 years of experience in space physics research and recently served as interim director for the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. In that role, he represented multiple research efforts to develop space weather research models and tools for NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense space weather communities.
“As a space physicist, Glynn has demonstrated an impressive ability to transition tools and procedures from a research environment to real-world applications and in that capacity he will make a positive impact in his new role for Ball Aerospace,” said Ken Travis, operations manager for the company’s Albuquerque office.
Germany received his Bachelor of Science in physics from Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas and both his M.S. and Ph.D in physics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. He has also contributed multiple published papers to assist the scientific inquiry of space weather.
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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