The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce featured Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of ATK Aerospace Structures division, in a post on their website Wednesday, March 6. The Chamber is featuring prominent businesswomen in Utah on their website throughout the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month. The post featuring Joy, highlighted her involvement in committee boards, contributions to the community and the many rewarding professional experiences over the course of her career.
Joy began her fascination with the aerospace industry as a young girl and has since gained more than 30 years in the industry. In that time, she notes that one of her greater accomplishments has been the impact on the people and the culture within the organizations she has had the privilege to lead. Many of Joy’s greatest lessons and growth have come from the process of trying, failing, and trying again. Working her way up as the first female vice president and general manager for ASD has also been very rewarding to her.
Knowing the aerospace industry consists of predominately men, Joy has always had to work harder to prove to herself and overcome the traditional stereotypes. In her opinion, women bring an interesting set of skills with strengths in collaboration and multi-tasking, qualities that strengthen an organization. When Joy is asked what she would share with young female professionals, she comments, “Develop a network of friends, family and peers; welcome both male and female influences. Find a mentor to help you develop; your career is a journey of continuous learning and growth. I would also encourage women to work really hard and smart to stand out and be noticed.”
Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics and outdoor accessories for more than 65 years, has announced its 2013 contribution to Folds of Honor Foundation totaled $200,000. Since establishing a partnership in 2010, the optics leader has donated more than $650,000 to Folds of Honor.
Founded by Major Dan Rooney in 2007, Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members killed or disabled during U.S. military service. Major Rooney, a former F-16 pilot who served three tours in Iraq, founded Folds of Honor to ensure that families of fallen service members are never left behind on the field of battle.
“With support from partners like Bushnell, we’re able to help lift up military families and honor the sacrifice our service men and women make to protect our freedom,” said Major Dan Rooney.
Since its formation, Folds of Honor has awarded 5,400 scholarships to deserving families across the nation and provided necessary assistance to many more. The foundation continues to support the needs of the spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members, and encourages all citizens to do the same. Full article
Several ATK employees participated in an event welcoming an injured veteran and his family to their new home in Cecil County, Md. on Feb. 15. The home was built by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that provides specially adapted homes for disabled veterans free of charge. Community Involvement Committee at ATK’s Elkton, Md., facility donated $500 to the project. Read the story in the Baltimore Sun
Michael Callahan brings 36 years of leadership in the sporting goods and outdoor industry as well as public company management and cross-functional expertise to ATK. “The board of directors will benefit from Mike’s perspective and input as the company expands its world leadership in the shooting sports and outdoor recreation markets,” said Chairman Ron Fogleman. More
ATK conducted a ribbon-cutting of their new rocketry exhibit at the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City February 27. As part of this event, a panel discussing NASA’s Space Launch System was held and a press conference conducted. More than 1,000 students had the opportunity to build an SLS rocket – electronically – and launch it, thanks to NASA who brought their traveling interactive exhibit to town for a week. NASA also brought a photo kiosk where attendees could take a photo of themselves as an astronaut, launching on a rocket.
ATK’s new rocketry display highlights Utah’s pivotal role in NASA’s deep space exploration plans. The debut afforded museum goers the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with astronauts, including Tony Antonelli, (pictured) and ATK’s vice president of Space Launch Division, and four-time shuttle astronaut, Charlie Precourt. News release
In the last year, ATK has invested significant resources into environmental improvements at its Rocket Center, W. Va. facility. A recently installed wastewater treatment plant was made operational in January, replacing an aging system with one that improves discharge quality, contributing to the effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, a new storm water basin project at the test range has been completed, providing storm water runoff with greater settling time to ensure minerals are captured before being discharged to the river. The project also completely eliminated one outlet to the Potomac River.
All of these improvements support ATK’s belief that responsible management of the air, water and land resources in our communities is the right thing to do for our company and our planet.
William Prins, Ph.D., will be honored Feb. 27 by the Academy of Visionary Awards for his support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The Visionary Awards, hosted by the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), recognize individuals who exemplify the highest commitment to STEM education and technology growth for the betterment of the regional community.
Prins is the chief engineer for Strategy, Business Development and Advanced Programs in Elkton, Md. He has been an active advocate of STEM education, beginning with his four children as they advanced through school and into STEM careers. He has represented ATK on the Business and Education Partnership Advisory Council (BEPAC) and been actively involved in its STEM events for many years, presented two NMTC Science Cafes where professional scientists talk to the general public about their work in a relaxed setting, and worked to promote STEM in local schools and the Cecil County Boys & Girls Club.
“I am fortunate to work for a company that is dedicated to promoting STEM education in the community, whether through encouraging events and mentorship through the ATK STEM Council and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), or through scholarships for students pursuing higher education in STEM fields.”
Last year Prins mentored student Russell Bowman on his STEM Capstone Project at Perryville High School, Perryville, Md. Russell went on to win second overall in the Physical Science category at the Baltimore Regional Science Fair, and he received recognition from the National Space Society.
Megan Harmon, Mission Assurance engineer at ATK Aerospace Group in Bacchus, Utah, has been named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic team. Megan will compete in the inaugural snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16. Formerly from Huntsville, Ala., Megan moved to Utah to train in January 2012 and within four months had earned a third-place finish in the Canadian ParaSnowboarding World Cup. Huntsville Times article Utahn’s invention allows Megan to snowboard
ATK’s Space Launch System (SLS) booster program is on schedule to meet NASA’s 2017 launch date for first flight of SLS. This year ATK will conduct a full-scale ground test as well as component design reviews.
NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond Earth orbit, and enable humans to visit an asteroid and eventually Mars. Designed to be flexible for crew or cargo missions, the two will provide a safe, affordable and sustainable way to continue America’s journey of discovery from the unique vantage point of space.
“The events happening this year are incredibly important steps in the development of NASA’s deep space vehicles,” said Charlie Precourt, general manager and vice president for ATK Space Launch Division, and former four-time shuttle astronaut. “SLS and Orion are redefining what is possible for human space exploration as we prepare the way for those first boot prints on Mars.” Read more
This is ATK’s 7th year sponsoring NASA’s Student Rocket Launch event. In the past, the competition has been held in Huntsville, Ala., but this year it will be at Bonneville Salt Flats near Tooele, Utah. The NASA Student Launch is May 15-17. The student teams will undergo a rigorous launch readiness review—just like actual NASA flight missions—before launching their rockets. In Alabama, the goal was to fly exactly one-mile high. New guidelines (and one reason for the change of venue), allow the rockets to fly up to 20,000 feet—whatever it takes to conduct their science. Article