2017 Award Recipients

2017 Arthur S. Flemming Award Winners

APPLIED SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Dr. Jeremy Banik, Senior Research Mechanical Engineer, USAF Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
For his ground-breaking contributions as a Senior Research Mechanical Engineer in the area of deployable spacecraft structures at the USAF Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Dr. Banik creatively applied his fundamental understanding of High Strain Composites to develop game-changing space deployable structures for the United States Air Force.  He conceived and developed a revolutionary Roll-Out Solar Array for the International Space Station which dramatically reduces the size and volume of traditional arrays. Implementation of his system has potential savings of $1.4B billion for the Air Force.

Dr. Lisa Drake, Physical Scientist, Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division, Key West, Florida
For her exemplary leadership as a Physical Scientist in the Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division, Key West, Florida, in the government’s response to ballast water-borne bio-invasions.  Early in her career Dr. Drake led the effort to publish the Generic Protocol of the Verification of Ballast Water Treatment Technology which, developed as the standard for US testing, has become the de facto global standard, as it has been adopted by intergovernmental agencies.  She is a US delegate to the International Maritime Organization and is a contributor to the International Standards Organization’s method for shipboard sampling.

Dr. Ralph Jimenez, Physicist, National Institute of Science & Technology, Boulder, Colorado
For his leadership, as a Physicist with the National Institute of Science & Technology in Boulder CO, of multidisciplinary Federal/University/Industry collaborations across the world, creating new tools to observe and measure the internal chemistry and biology of individual living cells in real time, accelerating previous studies by factors of 10,000 and more.  He combines ultrafast lasers, custom microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology and directed evolution to measure in real time the inner workings of individual living cells and to select those specific cells with unique attributes, almost instantaneously, for research into normal and diseased states, or for production of particular biological materials.

Dr. Jeffrey Szabo, General Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio
For his innovative vision and leadership, as a General Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH, in advancing the Nation’s understanding of the fate, persistence and transport of contaminants in drinking water distribution systems, and in wastewater treatment facilities, in order to develop effective methodologies for cleaning these water infrastructures.  His research has greatly enhanced the Nation’s knowledge of how to decontaminate drinking water and waste water, and the water sector’s ability to respond to chemical, biological and radiological incidents. 

LEADERSHIP and/or MANAGEMENT

Major Michael Butler, Chief, Space Situational Awareness Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Air Force, Patrick AFB, Florida
For his distinguished service as Chief, Space Situational Awareness Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Air Force, Patrick AFB, Florida, leading a 63-member team from 15 national organizations to repurpose $6 billion in civil, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community radar assets to plan, develop and execute multiple radar experiments and field a first-of-its kind imaging capability at no additional cost to the program.

Dr. Steven Putansu, Senior Social Science Analyst with the Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.
For his outstanding methodological contributions as a Senior Social Science Analyst with the Government Accountability Office, Washington D.C., which have ensured rigorous technical standards in hundreds of GAO performance audits, providing policymakers with high-quality information for overseeing federal programs and ensuring the best use of taxpayer dollars.  These stronger methodological criteria have generated in excess of $160 billion in financial benefits for the federal government.

Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
For her tremendous leadership as Technology Manager in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, Washington DC, in the formation and execution of the Department’s highly successful response to the President’s call to bolster the competitiveness of American manufacturing.  She drove the investment of over $900 million into public-private partnerships under the Manufacturing USA initiative to accelerate technical innovations in critical areas of the manufacturing ecosystem that will enable US manufacturing to assume global leadership.

LEGAL ACHIEVEMENT

Bethany Engel, Senior Attorney, Environmental & Natural Resource Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
For achieving record-breaking results for the environment as an exceptional Senior Attorney with the Environmental & Natural Resource Division of the Department of Justice, Washington DC.  She led the DOJ’s civil litigation against Volkswagen for its emissions cheating, leading to a record $17.4B in relief; and she played several vital roles in the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” case, ensuring the security of over 100 million key government documents essential to the government’s case and the eventual $14 billion recovery for the government and enabled a further $6 billion recovery for Gulf States.

Mark Freeman, Senior Appellate Counsel, Civil Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
For his outstanding work as Senior Appellate Counsel for Advanced Technology and Intellectual Property in the Civil Division, Department of Justice, Washington DC.  In nearly every intellectual property case in the past 10 years, he has played an instrumental role in developing the government’s arguments and drafting the government’s briefs.  He is widely recognized, both within the government and beyond, as one of DOJ’s leading experts in intellectual property law and has argued cases before the Supreme Court and all 13 federal courts of appeals.

Lt. Col. Matthew King, Chief, Air & Space Law, United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., and Deputy Legal Advisor, Combined Air Operations Center, Air Forces Central.,Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
For his distinguished service and keen knowledge of the law of war as Chief, Air & Space Law, with the United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington DC and Deputy Legal Advisor, Combined Air Operations Center, Air Forces Central. Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  He ensured the legality of every deliberate air strike against the Islamic State, leading a team of 3 Combat Operations in 4,495 dynamic strikes.  His legal acumen in reviewing 475 targets led to key changes in timing and scan requirements, avoiding over 500 civilian casualties.

Michael Sullivan, Senior Litigation Counsel, United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio
For his highly successful prosecution, as Senior Litigation Counsel with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, of child exploitation cases.  He has gained a national reputation for his aggressive prosecution of these offenders.  His greatest contribution may well be his role in the implementation and promotion of a new investigative protocol for child pornography cases that has been incredibly successful in Northern Ohio and has been replicated across the country.

SOCIAL SCIENCE, CLINICAL TRIALS, & TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH

Dr. Emily Haas, Lead Research Behavioral Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Pittsburgh, PA
For demonstrating superior leadership skills as Lead Research Behavioral Scientist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Pittsburgh PA.  Her research and leadership have directly contributed to preventing work-related illness and injury in the mining industry.  She collaborated with mining engineers on projects directly relevant to addressing regulations that have continually reduced permissible exposure limits for respirable dusts, a leading cause of occupational death from black lung disease among US miners. Her research results are delivered back to industry management for action.