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NASA Leaders Recognized by Women in Aerospace

Three of NASA’s leaders were recognized by Women in Aerospace for their contributions to the aerospace community and commitment to engaging women in the field.

Michelle Thaller, Molly Brown and Kristin Rozier were honored at the 28th annual Women in Aerospace Awards Dinner and Ceremony in Arlington, Va.

“The selection of three of NASA’s best is a testament to the high quality work our employees produce for the overall mission,” said Mamta Patel Nagaraja, Women@NASA Project Manager.  “We are proud of these women for receiving such a recognition. Our thanks go to the Women in Aerospace selection committee for recognizing these significant contributions to the science and technology community.”

Thaller, assistant director of science for communications at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., received the Aerospace Awareness Award for bringing NASA science to life in the public eye by creating a breakthrough outreach program using TV, conferences and social media to get the scientists’ message out to the world.

“I am deeply, honestly proud of what we do at NASA, and there really is this underlying passion that comes across to people,” Thaller said. “After nearly 17 years working for NASA, I still feel there is a magic here, and a real nobility to what we do, even if such ideas seem naïve and unfashionable. I am inspired by the people around me and the work we do here, and I am acutely aware of what a gift it is to have that feeling, even just a little bit of it, in my work.”

Brown, AST, Earth science remote sensing, also from Goddard, received the organization’s Outstanding Achievement Award for her continued work in bringing critical information to the U.S. Government in the area of remote sensing and as an expert on impact of environmental dynamics on food security.

‘I am honored to be recognized by the Women in Aerospace’s Outstanding Achievement Award,” Brown said. “My research on how Earth science data can be used to understand the impact of climate on food access and food production have been both supported and encouraged by NASA. It is this support that has made the research possible. I am in the company of many great women.”

Kristin Rozier, a research scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., was recognized with the Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award for exemplary achievement of formal specification, verification and validation of a Next Gen air traffic control system candidate and for dedication as a mentor and role model.

“Developing mathematically rigorous techniques for the formal specification, validation, and verification of NASA’s ever more complex safety-critical systems is truly gratifying because it directly improves the lives of Americans by keeping them safer during everyday activities like flying,” Rozier said. “I am truly honored to accept this award from Women In Aerospace because it highlights the importance of public dissemination of this research and collaborating with other researchers to achieve the greatest impact.”

Women in Aerospace is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community.

For more information, visit Women in Aerospace.



Michelle Thaller

Molly Brown

Kristin Rozier