Freedom’s Michael Chandler Receives NASA Award

NASA HEADQUARTERS (Washington, DC)

Freedom Information System’s employee Michael Chandler, located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, was recently awarded NASA’s Gold Level Power of One award. JSC Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, and Deputy Center Director Mark Geyer presented Mr. Chandler the award on September 23, 2015. This is the most prestigious acknowledgement of its kind distinguishing outstanding contributions by a civil service or contractor employee for exceeding basic requirements on a one-time effort or project delivering agency-level impact.

Upon receiving this award, Michael expressed his appreciation. “Winning the “JSC Power of One Award” was a huge honor for me – nominations for this award come from one’s colleagues, so it was extremely humbling and gratifying to realize that you are doing your job in a way that makes a difference and supports those that you work with everyday. I work with a great team of NASA Civil Servants and NASA Contractors.

Michael was recognized for his expertise, insight, and skills developing the Configuration & Data Management processes that proved to be crucial to the success of the ESD Enterprise. This included tailoring of change request process to streamline the schedule and effectiveness for directives, developing a process to review and approve cross program waivers and deviations, and developing processes associated with flight and ground system build verification and design re-verification leading to successful flight certification. 

 
Winner of the JSC Power of One award, Michael Chandler; JSC Center Director, Dr. Ellen Ochoa (far right); JSC Deputy Center Director, Mark Geyer (far left.)

Winner of the JSC Power of One award, Michael Chandler; JSC Center Director, Dr. Ellen Ochoa (far right); JSC Deputy Center Director, Mark Geyer (far left.)

This effort extends across three programs and with multiple cross program system integration teams. Michael has been recognized for working tirelessly with the team, always with exceptional responsiveness, professionalism and respect for all stakeholders and their opinions. The processes developed by Michael have been instrumental in developing the systems needed to carry out NASA’s Exploration Enterprise initiatives.

In addition to this award, Michael was also recently selected to be the lead of the Integrated Configuration Management Working Group.  He leads a team comprised of CM representatives from the Orion crewed spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket, and Ground Systems Development and Operation programs.

Please join us in congratulating Michael on his performance and recognition by his peers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center!