Qualis Employee Receives Silver Snoopy Award


Qualis Employee Receives Silver Snoopy Award

Huntsville, AL – Charles R. Cooper of Qualis Corporation received a Silver Snoopy Award for his outstanding contributions to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and space exploration over his 45-year career. The award was given in the new Davidson Center auditorium on November 6th. The Silver Snoopy is one of the highest NASA honors an employee can receive for professionalism, dedication, and outstanding support that greatly enhance space flight safety and NASA mission success. Silver Snoopy awards are given to less than 1% of eligible recipients, and an individual can only receive one Silver Snoopy Award in his or her lifetime.

Cooper currently supports the Engineering, Science and Technical Services (ESTS) contract at MSFC by providing engineering consultation and design for the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) test operations. ECLSS is an integral component of the International Space Station that generates clean drinking water and oxygen for astronauts. Cooper has supported MSFC and NASA for over 45 years. He designed and developed the first high power LASER at MSFC, pioneered the neutral buoyancy method of zero-gravity simulation, and established and managed the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator (NBS) at MSFC.

“We’re really proud of Charlie’s professionalism, dedication, and outstanding support of manned space exploration over his long career,” said Roger Herdy, Qualis ESTS Subcontract Program Manager. “His enthusiasm and dedication to space exploration have resulted in programs and new technologies that have greatly benefitted NASA and the space program.”

As an recipient of the Silver Snoopy, Cooper received a sterling silver pin in the form of Snoopy, the “Peanuts” cartoon character outfitted in a space helmet and spacesuit, a certificate, and a letter of commendation signed by Astronaut Michael Foale citing the appreciation of the astronaut corps for his outstanding performance.

Qualis Corporation, founded in 1993, is a woman-owned small business that employs more than 330 people and has 15 years of proven performance on more than 60 contracts supporting the US Army, US Air Force, NASA, major primes, and commercial customers. Qualis’ skilled, diverse workforce has expertise spanning multiple disciplines including engineering analysis; systems engineering; logistics support; design, development, fabrication, and assembly; structural, thermal, and materials systems analysis; materials research and testing; environmental testing; maintenance and facility operations; and program support. Qualis also ranked number 1967 on the first-ever Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country in 2007 and ranked number 1294 on the list in 2008.

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