2020 Award Winners

Distinguished New Woman Engineer:

Ms. Melissa Pumphrey/Northrop Grumman Corp

Melissa Pumphrey is a System Architecture Engineer on a restricted program within the Strike division supporting the Instrumentation team within System Test. She develops, designs, and tests the Data Acquisition System architecture required to capture real-time telemetry data of
thousands of measurements to validate vehicle engineering models and satisfy customer requirements.
Melissa was elected in 2019 to participate in a prestigious year-long Professional Development Program, supporting four distinct teams in different roles. This demanding position brought accelerated perspective to the multi-discipline engineering challenges throughout System Test.
Early in her engineering career Melissa took on the responsibility and ownership of high-level tasks many senior engineers do not. As an intern, she dispositioned over 2,500 change requests from 59 subsystem Responsible Engineers and maintained full Configuration Management control of the Master Measurand List. Most recently, Melissa’s exemplar
performance earned her Top Performer, the highest annual performance rating, as #1 of 73 level-II engineers in 2019. During this period she was handpicked to participate in a year-long rotation program to support four unique Integrated Product Teams. Coupled with providing
phenomenal engineering to each team, she widened her technical aperture to the connectivity and interdependency of multidiscipline engineering efforts within the System Test organization.
She led engineering development and execution of the Acceptance Test Procedure for the Fire Protection System by collaborating across multiple System Test teams; the complexity and challenge of this statement of work is commensurate with senior-level engineers.
Melissa set the bar for early-career leadership by completely transforming a rotation program to a new opportunity called RISE. She lengthened rotation periods to maximize team performance and added a mentorship team to both provide a support network and encourage peer coaching.
Through these optimizations she inspired and captured the attention of the newest members, motivating six engineers to participate. Melissa understands the importance of investing in our future success by imploring the team at all levels to take ownership and reach new heights in
career development.
Further, she embraced Northrop Grumman’s culture of engagement by leading 34 colleagues to a first place, gold-medal finish among 475 participants in our company’s annual team-building competition, the Program Olympics. In this event, Melissa expertly organized and drove the
team to provide 550 meals and collect $11,550 of the $27,000 total funds raised for families in need during the holidays – representing 43% of the total contributions across the company!
These contributions made substantial impact to families in need within our local community.
Since Fall 2017, Melissa has been teaching at Florida Tech; a specialized themed section of University Experience, the first-year seminar, called Enginerds Unite. This class is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers while helping new students acclimate to the college
environment. Melissa has consistently gone above and beyond in achieving these objectives, drawing upon her personal experiences as a student at Florida Tech and her full-time position at Northrop Grumman.


Woman Engineer Technical Achievement:

Ms. Stacey Bagg – NASA

Stacey has been a respected employee of NASA for over ten years. Her achievements over that time are not attributable to any single accomplishment, but rather a series of increasingly impressive assignments leading to greater responsibility across several of NASA’s leading centers. Stacey started as a cryogenic test engineer at Glenn Research Center and later moved on to feed her interests in welding where she earned an advanced degree from the Ohio State University. She applied and was selected for the NASA Systems Engineering Leadership Development program where she excelled and honed her skills in this highly selective leadership program. Eventually her interests led to an opportunity to apply her talents at Marshall Space Flight Center in welding research and development. Stacey currently applies her extensive training and experience at the Kennedy Space Center in the Exploration Ground Systems SE&I organization where she leads technical integration efforts in support of the Agency’s Artemis exploration program, including Subsystem Transitions, Institutional Design Certification Reviews (IDCRs), Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Design Certification Reviews (DCRs) and Life Cycle Reviews.
One of Ms. Bagg’s primary roles is serving as a lead technical integrator who focuses on identifying and quantifying technical risk to the EGS Program. This takes an understanding of technical concepts as well as key programmatic processes to filter out expected challenges versus true technical concerns. Stacey exemplifies this criterion by leading the Performance Management Chart Development Team on behalf of the SE&I division. She focuses on clarifying technical issues to the root cause, suggests forward plans and actions, and presents the information to the Program Manager with confidence. She also leads the Transition Working Group, focusing on ways to help the team overcome any barriers. Her original goal was to accelerate the transition of subsystems and reduce the cycle time to a maximum of two weeks. Immediately upon being assigned, Stacey began to restructure the meetings, pull out the real technical issues, identify what could be evaluated prior to the certification review and streamlined the transition documentation. Within weeks, Stacey reduced subsystem transition time to 2-3 days compared to months before. She set in place a format and template that is still moving forward today. Stacey was instrumental in developing the path to Artemis I schedules that outlined the necessary data the life cycle review team should be tracking to ensure the review package was comprehensive and technically sound. In addition, Stacey has led integrated efforts to work directly with Communication, Command and Control (C3) and Construction project managers to identify open items that require attention from a programmatic level. Stacey has shown a high level of competence in supporting the development of the review packages leading to two successful System Acceptance/Operational Readiness Reviews. She has shown leadership by guiding, leading by example and removing barriers for the review leads to provide a high quality, technically sound and visually appealing review packages. Despite her multitude of roles and responsibilities, Ms. Bagg takes pride in her role as mentor to new team members. She is always welcoming and does a fantastic job of providing guidance and strategies to help the EGS Program remain successful.

Stacey has received many awards, and is the author of many technical articles, including:
[1] White Paper: Benefits of Shell Buckling Knockdown Factor Project on Space Launch System
Program Mark W. Hilburger (LARC-D312), Courtney S. Flugstad (KSC-FAD00), Clint H. Cragg
(LARC-C103), Stacey Bagg (MSFC-EM32), Michelle Tillotson (MSFC-EV31). 16 May 2014
[2] “The Effect of Laser Scan Strategy on Distortion and Residual Stresses of Arches Made
With Selective Laser Melting.” Stacey Bagg (NASA MSFC), Lindsay Sochalski-Kolbus (ORNL),
Jeffrey R. Bunn (ORNL). American Society of Precision Engineering (ASPE) 2016 Summer
Topical Meeting: Dimensional Accuracy and Surface Finish in Additive Manufacturing; 27-30
Jun. 2016
[3] “NASA’s Materials Genome Initiative for Additive Manufacturing.” Terryl Wallace (NASA
LaRC), Christopher Lang (NASA LaRC), Dogan Timucin (NASA ARC), Kevin Wheeler (NASA
ARC), Joseph Zalameda (NASA LaRC), Stacey Bagg (NASA MSFC), Stephen Smith (NASA
LaRC), Chantal Sudbrack (NASA GRC). JANNAF Additive Manufacturing TIM August 23-25,
2016.
[4] “Computational Process Modeling for Additive Manufacturing.” Stacey Bagg (NASA MSFC,
The Ohio State University). Presentations and final report to the Materials and Manufacturing
Joint Innovation Consortium, 2013-2015.
[5] “Investigation into the use of the Concept Laser QM System as an In-Situ Research and
Evaluation Tool.” Stacey Bagg. JANNAF: Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Applications,
September 2014.


Outstanding Woman Engineer:

Ms. Melanie Weber – The Boeing Company

Melanie works on the next-generation CST-100 Starliner spacecraft being designed and tested for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. It will be used to take up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station beginning this year. Melanie is the subsystem lead for Crew and Cargo Accommodations and is responsible for designing hardware that will support the crew and cargo in the Starliner including Crew Seats, Mobility Aids, Crew Supplies and Survival Equipment. That task also includes the responsibility of managing all NASA cargo as part of the contract. Melanie is also Boeing’s lead for the Launch Pad Team and manages Ground Operation Launch Procedures at Space Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch pad team is comprised of a small group of engineers and technicians with the responsibility to perform final preparations at the launch pad minutes before launch. In late-December, Melanie became the first woman—and the first Hispanic—to lead a launch pad team on the day of launch in the history of U.S. human spaceflight. Just recently, Melanie, along with a small group of coworkers, received a patent for Configurable Vehicle Seat and Method Therefor that is in use on the CST-100 Starliner. Prior to working on Starliner, Melanie served on the ISS on-orbit configuration and installation team. When she joined the team, they were behind on delivering products to the customer with no lead to correct the problems. As a new employee, she stepped in as the team lead to meet customer expectations. She built a tracking system for status and
set up weekly meetings with the customer to show progress. The team successfully delivered all late products on the recovery plan which increased the award fee from the customer. Before joining Boeing, she was a structural designer for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.
As a Hispanic female who was the first in her family to earn an engineering degree, Melanie takes an active role in the community. As a lifetime member of SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), she served as Education Chair and VP of Professional Development for the Lockheed Martin Chapter, and her chapter mentored a Jr SHPE chapter, guiding families through the financial aid process for college. She hosted STEM workshops at high schools and educational tours at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth and was a frequent speaker at high schools, Lockheed Martin and SHPE conferences. It’s clear that Melanie is deeply committed to helping students achieve their dreams. Through the Boeing Hispanic Employee Network, Melanie has worked with high school students at the Houston Hispanic Forum and presented at Bob Lanier Middle School on the importance of STEM fields and how they relate to human space exploration. She has volunteered for E-Week activities at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and NASA Johnson Space Center. Melanie has also presented at GMiS/Viva Technology Parent Orientation to encourage underserved students to pursue STEM fields. Melanie has authored and presented technical papers at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) conferences. She was featured on the Science Channel’s “Impossible Engineering” episode describing the Starliner’s landing airbag system and was part of the team that unveiled Boeing’s new spacesuit on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Her work has been featured by several media outlets including NBC Universal, The Washington Post, local news stations, and by Boeing and NASA. In late 2019 and early 2020, two profile pieces were featured on the front pages of Florida Today and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, respectively, detailing the achievements of Melanie in her role on Starliner. In 2012, she was named Boeing
CST-100 Employee of the Month and in 2018, she was recognized with the Boeing Defense Systems – A Force in Motion Award. In 2019 she was nominated for a Silver Snoopy Award by Christopher Ferguson, current Boeing astronaut and the commander for the final space shuttle
mission. She went on to win and receive the award from astronaut Eric Boe. The Silver Snoopy is awarded to nominees that have demonstrated outstanding performance with respect to flight safety and mission success in human spaceflight. The Silver Snoopy is the astronauts’ award and is presented to less than 1% of the NASA workforce and its contractors annually. The recipient is honored by an astronaut with a Snoopy pin that has flown in space and a commendation letter.