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Shawn Engelland and Mirna Johnson Named Winners of 2013 NASA ARMD Associate Administrator Awards
March 24, 2014 (edited)

Mirna Johnson and Shawn Engelland pose for a photograph holding their awards, along with John Cavolowsky and Jaiwon Shin at the 2014 NASA ARMD AA Awards presentation.
(L-R) John Cavolowsky, Mirna Johnson, Shawn Engelland, Jaiwon Shin

Congratulations to our Aviation Systems Division members Shawn Engelland and Mirna Johnson for being named winners of 2013 NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Associate Administrator Awards! Shawn Engelland is receiving the award for Technology and Innovation based on his leadership of the creation, development, testing, and technology transfer of the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC) to the FAA. Mirna Johnson is receiving the award for High Potentials based on her systems engineering work on the ATM Technology Demonstration 1 (ATD-1) Project and for being instrumental in the technology transfer of the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) tool to the FAA. They received their awards at an All Hands meeting on March 24 when Dr. Jaiwon Shin visited Ames Research Center. Please join us in congratulating them!



Shawn Engelland - Individual Winner for Technology and Innovation

Awarded to Mr. Engelland, who led a multi-agency effort to conceive, develop, test and evaluate the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC) software tool, which was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2013. Mr. Engelland created the PDRC software to provide more accurate takeoff-time predictions to improve aircraft departures and subsequent merges into en-route air traffic streams. As a result, individual flights can save as much as 20 minutes in ground holds, leading to shorter runway departure queues. In addition, air traffic controller workload is reduced because electronic communications act in place of voice interactions. The FAA has estimated that the PDRC could save airlines as much as $20 million annually.



Mirna Johnson - Individual Winner for High Potentials

Awarded to Ms. Johnson for critical contributions in leading systems engineering for the Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1). She worked with engineers, researchers, project managers, software assurance leads, and the chair of an independent review board to co-implement quality systems engineering ATD-1 principles and practices. Federal Aviation Administration officials have lauded Ms. Johnson’s achievements as unprecedented in generating the necessary documentation for successful ATD-1 technology transfer.

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