Lynn Albritton, Joel Hardy, and Lisa Scaffardi have been selected as recipients of the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award for their outstanding performance and contributions to flight safety and mission success. The ceremony was held Aug. 2 at NASA’s Educator Resource Center at the Space and Rocket Center.
In addition to receiving a pin that depicts Snoopy as an astronaut, awardees also receive a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter personally signed by an astronaut. Less than one percent of the space program work force receives the award annually.
Albritton, a design engineer in TBE’s Engineering Directorate, Test Lab – Special Test Equipment Design Branch, was presented a Snoopy award for her outstanding and dedicated support to the Test Lab team. She has played a major role in numerous projects, but was particularly instrumental in providing analyses and reports for the External Tank-137 (ET-137) Intertank Stringer Crack Investigation/Test for STS-133. Albritton’s role in the development and completion of the Bending Test Fixture Assembly ensured that there were no delays in the manufacturing process. She exceeded the normal work requirements and displayed initiative, leadership, and expertise to help ensure the quality and safety of the ET-137 and the Certification of Flight Readiness for STS-133.
Hardy, a mechanical engineer who has been with TBE for over 10 years, has served in numerous functions related to the International Space Station (ISS). He became certified as a Payload Rack Officer (PRO) and served as the group’s training and certification lead as well as continued to man the PRO console during real-time operations. Hardy’s outstanding people skills and technical expertise related to Payload Support Systems has earned him the reputation of being an “unparalleled trainer.” He has been directly responsible for over 30 personnel achieving PRO flight controller certification. Hardy was recently selected as the PRO Incremental lead – a highly visible position – and still continues to staff the real-time PRO flight controller position while performing all of his training-related duties.
Scaffardi, the Communications and Marketing Manager in Space Systems, was awarded a Silver Snoopy for her exceptional performance and dedication in enhancing the efficiency and performance of applications used in the processing of task orders for NASA vehicle development and ISS and Space Shuttle science payloads at MSFC and KSC. Her process improvement contributions and Beta testing of enhancements to task order and business management systems resulted in significantly shorter turnaround times for initiating engineering efforts on exploration programs. The efficiencies improved response time to customer requests for new task support from an average of 10 days to less than 4 days. Her efforts have made TBE and the agency more responsive to changing requirements in America’s space program.
The Silver Snoopy award is the astronauts’ personal award given to individuals for exemplary work and outstanding effort contributing to the success of manned spaceflight missions. The award reflects NASA’s and the industry’s sense of responsibility and continuing concern for astronaut flight safety. All of the pins presented to recipients have flown on a previous space shuttle mission.