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A View from the Outside: Technical Excellence and Systems Engineering

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Technical excellence is critical for engineering organizations. How one defines, achieves, and maintains it is another question, according to William W. Vaughan of the University of Alabama.

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NASA Brief: “Inspector General Reports on 2011 Top Management and Performance Challenges”

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Project management was one of NASA’s top five management and performance challenges in 2011, according to a report by Inspector General Paul K. Martin.

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Monument at Complex 14 for the Friendship 7 mission flown by John Glenn, Jr., on February 20, 1962.
Young Professional: Brief Jen Scheer

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Jen Scheer had a great idea to restore Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations Launch Complex 14. But sometimes having the great idea just isnt enough.

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Nina Marsalek, LAUNCH innovator and COO of The Solanterns Initiative, presents to the LAUNCH council.
LAUNCH Energy: Leveraging Collective Genius

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Ten energy innovations launched to change the world.

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Steve Jolly being filmed at APPEL’s fourth Principal Investigator Forum in Annapolis, Maryland.
Knowledge Brief: Principal Investigator Forum 4

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   Principal investigators, project managers, and project scientists gathered to exchange stories and knowledge at the fourth Principal Investigator Team Masters Forum in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Image of an uncoated quartz rotor and half a housing on a sheet of diamond- plate steel.
Message from the Academy Director: Focus and Flexibility

November 29, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 9   The paradox of project execution is that it requires both single-minded focus and the flexibility to change course when needed.

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Message From the Academy Director: The Appeal of Space

The first International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held on the African continent was a potent reminder that nations seek the benefits of space for many different reasons.

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NASA APPEL Director Dr. Ed Hoffman shakes hands with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana. (From left to right: Stephen Angelillo, ACE Director, Ed Hoffman, APPEL Deputy Director Roger Forsgren, Bob Cabana.)
Academy Brief: Academy Center for Excellence

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   The Academy Center for Excellence (ACE) is open for business.

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APPEL Director Ed Hoffman hosts NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, and DLR Chairman of the Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Wörner at a special young professionals Masters with Masters at the 2011 International Astronautical Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Masters with Masters at IAC

October 28, 2011 Vol. 4, Issue 8   Leaders from Europe, Africa, and the United States talked about the future of space exploration at the 2011 International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

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