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JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
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PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Diane Ainsworth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 1997
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL HONORS TWO JPL WOMEN
Donna Shirley, an aerospace engineer and manager of NASA's
Mars Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and
Marcia Neugebauer, a distinguished visiting scientist at JPL best
known for her work in space physics, have been inducted into the
Hall of Fame of Women In Technology International (WITI).
The JPL recipients were among 15 women to be inducted into
WITI's Hall of Fame for their contributions in the fields of
science and engineering and their advancement of women in these
disciplines. They will be honored at a dinner banquet to be held
June 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA,
during WITI's annual, three-day conference, which begins June 4.
Shirley, who became manager of the Mars Exploration Program
Office in 1994, oversees NASA's decade-long program of robotic
exploration of Mars, which began with the launch in 1996 of the
Mars Pathfinder lander and rover and the Mars Global Surveyor
orbiter. Before that, she oversaw the development of the
Pathfinder rover known as Sojourner, which will land on Mars on
July 4 and become the first rover ever to explore the surface of
With more than 30 years of experience in aerospace and civil
engineering, Shirley joined JPL in 1966 as an aerodynamicist in
JPL's former Engineering Mechanics Division. Over the years, she
held progressively more responsible positions in systems analysis
for flight projects, terrestrial applications of space technology
and for the development of automation, robotics and mobile
Among her accomplishments, Shirley served as leader of a
1979 advanced study to design an orbiter and probe to explore
Saturn and its moon Titan. The study evolved into the Cassini
mission, now scheduled for launch next Oct. 6.
Neugebauer, a distinguished visiting scientist at JPL,
specializes in space physics and designing new instruments for
space exploration to study the composition of the solar wind and
comets. She was co-principal investigator on the plasma analyzer
experiment onboard 1962's Mariner 2 spacecraft, which took the
first clear measurements of the solar wind. She has also worked
on instruments that have orbited Earth, that were set up on the
Moon by the Apollo astronauts, and that flew by Halley's comet
onboard the European Giotto spacecraft in 1986.
A past member of many NASA and National Academy of Sciences
committees, Neugebauer most recently chaired the academy's
Committee on Solar and Space Physics.
Founded in 1989, WITI has more than 6,000 members, 95
percent of whom are professional women working in organizations
that produce or use technology products.
More information about the Hall of Fame award ceremony is
available from event coordinator Julie Lubbering (818) 990-1987,
or from the WITI web site at http://www.witi.com.