The University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Tuesday | September 9, 2014

ATMO/IAP Professor Emeritus, Dr. E. Philip Krider, and ATMO Research Professor, Dr. Kenneth L. Cummins, are members of a team awarded the 2014 Silver Achievement Medal at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

ATMO/IAP Professor Emeritus, Dr. E. Philip Krider, and ATMO/IAP Research Professor, Dr. Kenneth L. Cummins, are members of the NASA/US Air Force Lighting Advisory Panel (LAP) that received the 2014 Silver Achievement Medal at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Dr. Krider has Chaired the LAP since its inception in the early-1990s.

The prestigious NASA Silver Achievement Medal is awarded to Government and non-Government individuals or teams by NASA Center Directors for a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's Core Values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily important and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner.

From the award nomination, "The Lightning Advisory Panel (LAP) has demonstrated a stellar achievement that supports all four of NASA's Core Values of Safety, Excellence, Integrity, and Teamwork. The LAP has written the Lightning Launch Commit Criteria (LLCC) used by the entire American Space Program. The LLCC has been recognized as world class and adopted by NASA, Department of Defense, National Reconnaissance Office, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and commercial manned and unmanned space programs. The LLCC has ensured both maximum safety and mission assurance, and simultaneously reduced the risk of unnecessarily scrubbing or delaying a launch."

Congratulations Dr. Krider and Dr. Cummins!

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