2008 Flemming Award Recipients

JOHN A. BIELEC
U.S. Government Accountability Office
For his exceptional legal achievement as a litigation attorney at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bielec has successfully argued numerous cases, established significant legal precedents and saved GAO millions of tax dollars. In particular, as a result of his legal representation, major initiatives, including the restructuring of GAO's pay banding system and the closing of certain field offices, have withstood legal challenges. Mr. Bielec has also contributed significantly to the success of GAO's mission by working with representatives of multiple federal agencies to ensure appropriate safeguarding of information provided to GAO by other agencies, continued transparency through public access to GAO's work, and increased cooperation of federal agencies with GAO. His legal accomplishments and efforts have enabled GAO to meet its obligations to the Congress and the American people. Mr. Bielec has always devoted a significant share of his spare time to community youth activities and has served as chairman of his church's parish council.

MICHELLE S. BURGESS
U.S. Navy, Navy Undersea Warfare Center
In recognition of her outstanding sustained efforts and exceptional leadership abilities in administration, science and technical management while on temporary assignment from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I. as a science advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG), Newport, R.I. Dr. Burgess's enthusiasm, energy and poise combined with her commitment and dedication to her organization, have earned her the respect and recognition of her colleagues. Throughout her career she has excelled as a mechanical engineer, technical program manager and principal investigator; this experience has given her keen insight and understanding of the level of effort required for those she supervises to complete their tasks as well as implementing improvements to enhance their overall performance. Dr. Burgess has demonstrated exemplary ability to work with academia, industry and government entities. Away from the office, she adapts her many talents to an extraordinarily wide range of community activities to which she devotes much of her personal time and effort, especially the Special Olympics; of particular note is her donation of a kidney to a woman in her community.

DANIEL H. FRUCHTER
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
For his remarkable achievements as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville Md. while serving on the Government's litigation team in a high profile False Claims Act case in Federal court. His achievements exemplify the highest level of commitment and outstanding performance, such as are rarely found in attorneys with only four years of Federal service. Mr. Fruchter's efforts in this case contributed significantly to a favorable outcome for the Government - a jury verdict resulting in an award of almost $6 million to the United States. He displayed a keen understanding of complex legal issues, authored a number of highly effective pleadings and proved adept at trial practice and procedure. Widespread media coverage of the trail and the favorable verdict signaled the importance of contractor compliance with requirements designed to ensure the objectivity and integrity of work performed by Government contractors. Mr. Fruchter's commitment to the community is reflect in his substantial volunteer work, which has included disaster relief efforts and the education of inner city children.

Dr. CHRIS HOSTETLER
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Langley Research Center
In recognition of his exceptional contributions as a senior research scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton Va. to the field of lidar remote sensing of clouds and aerosols. Dr. Hostetler has pushed the boundaries of science and technology to enable future experimental research in the atmospheric sciences. He is a recognized expert in the development and application of advanced space borne, airborne, and ground-based lidar to address scientific questions about climate change that are of high priority to NASA, the atmospheric science community, and the general public. Dr. Hostetler's efforts to demonstrate that a remote sensing laser system could reliably operate for several years were instrumental in making the first operational space-based lidar for atmospheric research a reality. Following the successful launch of the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission, he led the development of a new next-generation high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) instrument that represents a fundamental advance in instrumentation for studying the vertical structure of the Earth's atmosphere and recently led HSRL airborne experiments to successfully validate CALIPSO data. Dr. Hostetler is active in several roles in the scientific community, such as a spokesman in the media to better educate the public the efforts of NASA and other agencies to address global warming and climate change and a mentor to Post Doctoral NASA researchers, and in the community at large where he supports activities related to breast cancer research and the Special Olympics.

Dr. TARA H. McHUGH
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
For her numerous high impact research contributions to the development of innovative and sustainable food processing solutions to increase healthfulness and safety of specialty crops and for her exceptional scientific leadership. Dr. McHugh is a highly effective Research Leader for the Processed Foods Research Unit, Western Regional Region Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Albany, Calif. Her cutting-edge food processing research has led to the commercialization of numerous novel, healthy and value-added foods. These include 100% fruit bars, flavorful and attractive fruit- and vegetable-based edible wraps and vitamin D-enhanced mushrooms. These inventions not only add value to specialty crops and improve the American farmers' ability to compete in international markets, but they also benefit both the nation's health by increasing availability of healthy food and rural communities by creating new businesses and job growth. Using the technologies and expertise developed in her laboratories, Dr. McHugh has been extremely effective in partnering with small start-up businesses that have subsequently built manufacturing facilities in rural communities, creating new job opportunities in areas of high unemployment.

Dr. SAE WOO NAM
National Institute of Standards and Technology
For his pioneering contributions and leadership in the field of single photonics as a research physicist and project leader of Quantum Information in the Optoelectronics Division of the National Institute of Standards & Technology in Boulder Colo. Dr. Nam is known worldwide for the invention and application of ground-breaking single photon detection systems, which are furthering some of the world's most challenging endeavors, including quantum cryptography, quantum computing, the examination of fundamental assumptions of quantum mechanics and the ultimate traceability of optical power. He has created best-in-class detector systems using two distinct technical approaches - superconducting tungsten transition edge sensor and superconducting niobium nitride single photon detectors. Dr. Nam's accomplishments include single photon detectors with world-record efficiency in the commercially important telecommunication band; nationally and internationally collaborative demonstrations of practical quantum key distribution with record data rate and distance for practical, ultra-secure communication networks; and the investigation of quantum states of light for improved metrology. In addition to this work, he is active in the scientific field, providing important input to the direction of his field; mentors graduate students and post-doctoral researchers; and is very active in the NIST community through a variety of internal organizations and activities.

Dr. JAQUES REIFMAN
U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command
For his exceptional meritorious achievements while serving as director of two cutting-edge research organizations: the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Bioinformatics Cell, and the Department of Defense Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute for Force Health Protection. Starting in 2001, Dr. Reifman single-handedly created, staffed, equipped and led these organizations, which exploit computational biology to expedite development of biomedical counter measures for the conflicts of the 21st century. He has led his dedicated team of diverse scientists to the forefront of computational biology research to help improve soldiers' health by reducing the occurrence of non-battle injuries and the morbidity and mortality of battlefield casualties, and by enabling faster development of diagnostic devices, drugs and vaccines. During seven years of exceptional leadership, extraordinary performance and consistent diligence, Dr. Reifman has transformed the computational biology research capabilities of the Army and of the Department of Defense from non-existent to world-class caliber. In the community at large, he lends his talents in a number of areas: as an accredited mentor with the National Research Council of the National Academies; as a regular member of advisory and review panels for the Army, Department of Defense and other institutions; as investment committee chairman for his synagogue; and as a Science Fair judge.

RON A. SZYMANSKI
U.S. Army CERDEC Command and Control Directorate
In recognition of his distinguished performance in the role of technical leader as Lead Computer Scientist with the U.S. Army CERDEC Command & Control (C2) Directorate in Ft. Monmouth N.J. Mr. Szymanski's technical skills and leadership abilities are at the heart of the Battle Command Division's success in delivering projects such as the Joint Web Common Operating Picture's (COP) Plan Subscription Tool; The Running Estimate Services; and the innovative Command and Control Multi-touch Environment Technology (COMET), which he successfully designed and developed in spite of multiple obstacles. His demonstrated skill at grasping the essential requirements embodied in Warfighter needs and his ability to gather and manage resources to meet those requirements by application of innovative technologies in elegant ways is a key asset to the C2 Directorate's future success. He volunteers his personal time and significant technical skills in support of the eCYBERMISSION Program, a free, annual web-based science, math and technology competition for students in grades 6 through 9, serving repeatedly as a judge.

Dr. STEPHAN J. STRANICK
National Institute of Standards and Technology
For his innovations in chemical imaging microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light while working as a research scientist with the National Institute of Standards & Technology in Gaithersburg Md. Dr. Stranick designed and demonstrated novel near-field optical microscopy platforms that resulted in dramatic spatial resolution improvements in the visible, infrared and microwave wavelength regimes. His key design innovations led to marked increases in sensitivity and throughput, allowing for far greater applicability of spectroscopic techniques such as Raman to industrially relevant chemical systems. In addition, Dr. Stranick's work has realized complimentary "far-field" super-resolution chemical microscopies based on optical wavefront programming that have provided significant improvements in spatial resolution, allowing for high fidelity chemical imaging of features less than a hundred nanometers. The instrumentation and methods he has developed have been applied to a variety of scientific systems, including nanoscale stress/strain in materials and the distribution of chemical species in biological systems. Dr. Stranick is very involved in teaching and mentoring students from grade school through post graduates and his excitement for science has encouraged many students to pursue scientific careers. He and his family have worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the production of a DVD to raise national awareness of the continuing need to vaccinate children of all ages for Hepatitis A.