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APPEL supported the 2017 Innovation Expo at Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Susan Snyder
APPEL Supports Innovation at KSC Expo

To help NASA innovators advance their ideas, APPEL sponsored a keynote speech and day-long workshop as part of Innovation Expo 2017 at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). 

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SELDP graduates with program and NASA leadership (left to right): NASA Chief Engineer Ralph Roe, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer Roger Forsgren, MSFC SELDP Advocate Nelson Parker, SE Tech Fellow Jon Holladay, Lisa Smith, Robert Rivera, David Rutishauser, Leslie Ringo, Stacey Bagg, Sean Laughter, LaRC SELDP Advocate Junilla Applin, Paul Mogan, SELDP Project Manager Kevin Magee, NASA Deputy Chief Engineer Dawn Schaible, NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and SELDP Leadership Coach Cindy Zook. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Academy Brief: 2017 SELDP Class Graduates

On October 19, the 2017 class of the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP) celebrated 16 months of accelerated professional growth and cross-agency discovery.

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NASA’s OCO-2 satellite flies around the globe taking approximately 100,000 measurements of CO2 concentrations each day. This illustration depicts an OCO-2 data collection over the Los Angeles Basin. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
OCO-2 Explores El Nino Effects on CO2 Levels

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) has enabled scientists to answer key questions about extreme weather events and atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.

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October 2017 APPEL News Digest Now Available

A new edition of the APPEL News Digest has been released. We invite you to read it today on our website.

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APPEL evaluates the effectiveness of all of its courses to confirm their value to NASA’s workforce. Here, participants in the course Project Management for non-Technical Managers, held in September 2016 at NASA Headquarters, explore the tools and techniques that are critical to planning and managing any project successfully. Credit: NASA/Dan Daly
APPEL Goes Gold

APPEL supports NASA by providing development and training for the agency’s technical workforce. To reinforce the value of its offerings, the Academy recently brought home the gold. 

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APPEL Increases Curriculum Accessibility and Utility

Every year, APPEL works hard to improve its courses and offerings. This year, the Academy took things further by improving the way practitioners interact with the curriculum itself. 

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Members of GSFC's Science & Engineering Collaboration Program (SECP)--electronics engineer Jack Sadleir (left) and aerospace engineer Sabrina Thompson (right)--along with SECP program manager Rebecca Derro (not pictured) discussed the benefits of APPEL's course Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals.
At GSFC, Presentation Skills Support Science and Engineering Collaborations

Can good presentation skills help advance science and technology? Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Science & Engineering Collaboration Program (SECP) decided to find out. 

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Clockwise from top left: Stu McClung, Acting Orion Program Executive at NASA HQ, Cathy Richardson, Deputy Program Manager, Earth Science Projects Division at GSFC, Ralph Basilio, OCO-3 Project Manager at JPL, Brian Muirhead, Mars Sample Return Lander Study Lead at JPL, and Cynthia Simmons, Chief, Instrument Systems and Technology Division at GSFC, discussed the habits that help them manage projects effectively at NASA.
At NASA, Effective PMs Guide Teams Toward Success

What qualities make NASA project managers effective? In a recent Virtual PM Challenge, agency project managers discussed the characteristics they find critical to mission success. 

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On October 26, 1977, as the space shuttle prototype Enterprise landed during the final ALT free-flight test, it bounced on the runway due to unexpected pilot-induced oscillation that resulted from a problem with the shuttle’s flight control computer. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: As Enterprise Landed, the Shuttle Program Took Off

Forty years ago, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise set out to prove that the orbiter could return from space and glide to a precise, unpowered landing.

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