DynCorp International’s Brock Howe, director of engineering, was recently awarded a Mark Heath Engineering Award from NASA for his outstanding leadership of NASA Johnson Space Center’s WB-57 Aircraft Program.
Howe works in support of the NASA Aircraft Operations Division (AOD) and leads several projects. He served as an integral part of the WB-57 Gross-Weight Increase Program and helps engineer integration support for a number of high-priority airborne science payloads. He provided key support for the regeneration of a WB-57 aircraft, which was previously out of service for 40 years.
Howe’s dedication in engineering support has led to improvements in aircraft maintenance procedures, practices and increased efficiency in design and production.
“Brock is incredibly proactive and approaches projects with a positive attitude,” said Jim Snowden, executive manager, NASA Aircraft Maintenance and Operations Support at DynCorp International. “His dedication to excellence and engineering expertise are valuable in how DI supports NASA programs.”
Mark Heath Engineering Award
The Mark Heath Engineering Award is awarded on an annual basis at the NASA-Johnson Space Center to those who exemplify electrical engineering excellence within NASA’s Flight Operations Division.
Mark Heath was a former U.S. Navy pilot who worked with NASA as the Space Shuttle program was evolving. He served as a test pilot and was directly involved in check rides for all astronauts in the Apollo program.
NASA’s WB-57 Program
The NASA WB-57 Program provides unique, high-altitude airborne platforms to U.S. Government agencies, academic institutions, and commercial customers in order to support scientific research and advanced technology development and testing at locations around the world. Mission examples include atmospheric and earth science, ground mapping, cosmic dust collection, rocket launch support, and test bed operations for future airborne or space borne systems.
The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, is the home of the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Program. Two fully operational WB-57 aircraft are based near JSC at Ellington Field. Both aircraft have been flying research missions since the early 1960’s, and continue to be an asset to the scientific community with professional, reliable, customer-oriented service designed to meet all scientific objectives.
DynCorp International and NASA
DI provides aircraft maintenance and operational support services at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and other locations worldwide as required.
Services include support for flight operations, maintenance, repairs and alterations to aircraft, component parts and support equipment and engineering services. Additional services include spaceflight readiness training, airborne research and development and flight test support.