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Richard Boitnott (’76, ’77, ’85) receives Silver Snoopy Award

Aug. 15, 2015 – Richard Boitnott (’76 B.S. forestry, ’77 M.S. forest products utilization, ’85 Ph.D. engineering mechanics) of Poquoson, Virginia, is one of six researchers from across Hampton Roads who received special recognition from NASA’s astronaut corps for their work at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

The agency’s Silver Snoopy Award is given to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety and mission success. It is the astronauts’ personal award and is presented to less than 1 percent of the total NASA workforce annually.

Boitnott, a lead test engineer, was singled out for his significant contributions to NASA’s Orion spacecraft water and land impact tests, the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 vehicle testing, and the NASA Engineering Safety and Center Crew Impact Attenuation System.

Astronaut Kevin Ford presented the awards in a ceremony at Langley on June 19. Award recipients received a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown on board space shuttle mission STS-128, along with a letter of commendation and certificate signed by Ford.

Read more about Boitnott’s work at NASA in this Langley Research Center Researcher News article.

[Excerpted/adapted from Langley Research Center and Space Ref press releases.]


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