Awards

In addition to these awards, NASA Armstrong technologies have had other successes. Read our Success Stories here.

The Technology Transfer Office works to recognize innovators’ scientific and engineering achievements as well as their participation in technology transfer and partnership development activities. Doing so further inspires them toward R&D excellence, which benefits NASA, promotes all the technologies we have available for licensing, and encourages other NASA Armstrong researchers to participate in technology transfer.

Our innovators have received awards from numerous external organizations, including:

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) awards

Space Technology Hall of Fame® awards

R&D 100 awards

Our innovators have also received recognition through the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board award program.

Some recent award winners include:


2017

FLC National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
Expanding the Skies for UAVs via Transfer of NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Sense-and-Avoid System

R&D 100 Award (finalist)
FlightHorizon™ from Vigilant Aerospace with NASA’s Sense-and-Avoid System with ADS-B Avionics

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Partnership
Partnership with California State Polytechnic University


2016

Black Engineer of the Year Award: Career Achievement
Allen Parker

Best of Sensors Expo: Application Award – Gold Winner
Real-Time Monitoring with Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Technology Development
Towed-Glider Air Launch System (TGALS)

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Commercialization Success
Vigilant Aerospace System’s Commercialization of NASA’s Sense-and-Avoid System with ADS-B Avionics for Unmanned Aerial Systems

FLC Far West Region Award for Laboratory Representative of the Year
Janeya Griffin

NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Award
Winner: Electronics Category
1,000x Better Data Compression and Real-Time Decoding of High-Resolution Maps
Honorable Mention: Aerospace & Defense Category
New Wing Design Exponentially Increases Total Aircraft Efficiency
Top 100
Saving Lives with Aircraft-Ground Collision Prevention System
and
Sensing Magnetic Fields with an Innovative Optical Waveguide Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG)
and
Super-Accurate Liquid-Level Sensing for Industrial Applications


2015:

R&D 100 Award (finalist)
Compact FOSS

TechConnect Innovation Award
Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Award
Winner: Electronics Category
Real-Time Fiber Optic Sensing System
Honorable Mention: Aerospace and Defense Category
A Proven System for Preventing Ground Collisions of Aircraft
Top 100
Real-Time Interactive Sonic Boom Display
and
CryoFOSS: Using Fiber Optic Technology For Liquid Level Sensing
and
Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Unmanned Aerial Systems by Successfully Integrating ADS-B into Communications and Control

NASA Invention of the Year Award - Runner Up
Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal - Honorable Mention
Improved Ground Collision Avoidance System

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Technology Development
A Proven System for Preventing Ground Collisions of Aircraft
and
Low-Cost, Portable Platform for Mounting Antennas for Automatic UAV Tracking

NASA Exceptional Space Act Award

Open Source Enterprise Middleware Software


2014:

NASA Invention of the Year Award – Honorable Mention
Real-Time Sonic Boom Display

FLC National Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Technology Development
Sense-and-Avoid System with ADS-B Avionics for Unmanned Aerial Systems
and
A Novel Peak-Seeking Algorithm to Optimize Performance of Dynamic Systems
Read about these awards here


2013:

R&D 100 Award
Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

FLC Far West Region Award for Outstanding Commercialization Success
Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)