March 2, 2016 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has recognized 31 employees for outstanding contributions in engineering, program management, technical and strategic support, and business and customer support.
The annual excellence awards were held on March 1, 2016 at the Renaissance Flatiron Hotel, Broomfield, Colorado.
The ceremony included presentation of the Gabe Award to staff consultant Doug Wiemer, and the Follett Award to engineering manager Glen Roat. The annual Gabe award is named for R.H. “Gabe” Gablehouse, president of Ball Aerospace from 1974-78 and 1980-85. The award recognizes the continuous outstanding professional efforts of individuals who have enhanced the company’s competitiveness while producing an exemplary body of work.
Wiemer, a Ball employee since 1987, has been responsible for major program wins and was instrumental in finding a fix for the Kepler spacecraft after a malfunction four years on orbit. The innovative modification to the mission has allowed Kepler, built by Ball Aerospace, to continue its role as NASA’s most productive planet-hunting spacecraft ever launched.
The Follett award given to Roat recognizes continuous outstanding contributions in an engineering technical field. Roat leads System Engineering Integration and Test and has played a significant role on major Ball programs including Deep Impact, Kepler, and the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite program. Since joining Ball in 1995, programs Roat has been associated with have significantly contributed to Ball’s success as a company and its reputation for excellence in the industry.
Additional employee awardees included: Veronica Anthony, Alex Appelhans, Alma Arslanagic, Laoucet Ayari, Mara Baraban, Chris Brown, Ben Caron, Mary Chaffman, Chelsea Dickkut, David Draper, Becky Emerle, Chris Emmerich, Jason Gaines, Ben Gallagher, Glen Geisen, Sean Glenn, Tom Hromada, Ezra Johnson, Jeff Kirkwood, Bob Kohl, Ryan Melton, Curt Nelson, Brandi Opland, Andy Rudeen, Mark Schwartz, Mike Sileo, Scott Tennant, Jerry Valentine and Peter Yoho.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Ball continues to invest and innovate in affordable, high resolution imaging systems, contributing to the needs of civil, military and commercial customers.