May 17, 2016 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. program manager Dr. Lisa Hardaway was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Rocky Mountain Section Engineer of the Year for 2015-16. Hardaway was recognized for her excellent leadership and dedication to space exploration and for guiding, supporting and mentoring female engineers.
Hardaway joined Ball Aerospace in 1995 and was promoted to program manager in 2006 for the Ralph imaging instrument flying aboard NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Ralph was responsible for taking the closest images ever seen of Pluto during the New Horizons fly-by on July 14, 2015. Ralph provided high-resolution, color images that revealed the topography of Pluto and its moon, Charon, including a first look at the different materials that make up the two bodies.
Hardaway’s team awakened Ralph yearly to perform a system check during its 9.5 year flight to Pluto. During one of the checks, the instrument took a series of spectacular images of Jupiter and its moons. Ralph will continue to produce spectacular images of Kuiper belt objects.
The global interest and excitement for the mission resulted in 263 broadcast reports and nearly 360 million unique media impressions.
Hardaway is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and the current Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Astronomical Society. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
The Rocky Mountain Section of AIAA serves aerospace professionals in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana through local events including monthly speaker programs, public policy, education, professional development, and a regional conference known as the Annual Technical Symposium.
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