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Double-CivilE alumnus Daniel Hull receives NASA Early Career Achievement Medal

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  (September 13, 2012) ... Pitt Civil Engineering alumnus Daniel H. Hull, PE (BSCE '04, MSCE '06), a project manager at NASA Construction of Facilities Division at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) was awarded the prestigious NASA Early Career Achievement Medal for "initiative, project management skill, and exemplary achievement in the sustainment of critical KSC facilities and infrastructure." He and the other NASA awardees were recognized at KSC in August 2012. 

Mr. Hull joined NASA after receiving his MSCE from Pitt in April 2006. His MSCE thesis was entitled  On the Applicability of Fixed Point Theory to The Design of Coupled Core Walls  and was directed by Kent A. Harries, Ph.D., FACI, P.Eng, associate professor of structural engineering and mechanics at the Swanson School of Engineering. 

This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to any Government employee for unusual and significant performance during the first 10 years of an individual's early career (i.e., entry-level professional in a scientific, engineering, administrative professional or technical position) in support of the Agency. Performance is characterized by unusual initiative or a creative achievement that clearly demonstrates a significant contribution in the individual's discipline area that directly contributes to NASA's mission and goals. The contribution is significant, in that, for an employee who is at such an early phase of career, the contribution has substantially improved the discipline area.

In 2012, Mr. Hull received NASA Director's Environment and Energy Award for the NASA Causeway Seawall Project Team (KSC), recognizing "Successful Integration of Independent Projects to Obtain and Reuse Demolished Concrete in KSC Coastal Revetment Project." Mr. Hull was Team Lead.

NASA's most prestigious honor awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency's mission. The Chair of the Incentive Awards Board (IAB) annually requests nominations for the various NASA honor awards. After a rigorous review, the nominations are forwarded to the IAB chair for approval. NASA medals and/or certificates are, subsequently, presented to the award recipients by the Agency's highest officials at the annual awards ceremonies held at NASA Headquarters and each NASA Center.


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