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Gundy-Burlet Wins 2011 NASA Exceptional Engineering Medal

Karen Gundy-Burlet has been awarded a NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for outstanding work as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Flight Software Quality Engineer. The award was presented at the NASA Honor Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in the Teague Auditorium at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

BACKGROUND: Karen Gundy-Burlet is a research scientist in the Robust Software Engineering group. She is currently working on the application of advanced information analysis techniques for validation and verification of simulation models and Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) software. She was the group lead for the NASA Ames Intelligent Flight Control program that developed and implemented neural-adaptive algorithms for control of damaged aircraft, and demonstrated and evaluated them in full-motion piloted simulations. Other research efforts include optimal control of low-thrust spacecraft trajectories and computational modeling of unsteady flows in turbomachinery with an emphasis on rotor/stator interaction in compressors and hot streak migration in turbines.

Contact: Karen Gundy-Burlet

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