Dr. Kathie L. Olsen to Receive AIAA 2014 Public Service Award Written 25 April 2014



Dr. Kathie L. Olsen to Receive AIAA 2014 Public Service Award
Honored for Personal and Professional Commitment to the Advancement of Science

April 25, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Kathie L. Olsen, founder, ScienceWorks, Inc., Washington, D.C., and affiliate professor of neurosciences at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) 2014 Public Service Award. Olsen will receive the award on April 30, as part of the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.

The AIAA Public Service Award honors a person outside the aerospace community who has shown consistent and visible support for national aviation and space goals. Olsen is being honored for “a lifetime of personal and professional commitment to the advancement of science in aerospace and biological fields, and for inspiring the next generation of scientists around the globe.”

Before founding ScienceWorks, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations succeed in science and engineering research, Olsen held a variety of leadership roles in the federal government’s science community. Olsen’s past positions include: serving as the deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation; associate director of science, and later deputy director of science, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President; and as chief scientist at NASA. Olsen also has served as the vice president of international programs for the American Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Among Olsen’s career accomplishments were her re-establishment of the National Science & Technology Council, developing the plan that led to the establishment of NASA’s Office of Biological and Physical Research, and originating, developing and administrating the federal government’s first neuroendocrinology program that resulted in the founding of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

Olsen’s past honors include the AIAA National Capital Section’s Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award; the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; the National Science Foundation Director’s Award of Excellence; and the Norwegian Order of Merit.

For more information on the AIAA Public Service Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or carols@aiaa.org.


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