REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Dec. 15, 2014) -- An Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center employee has been selected as the 2014 John White Engineer of the Year by the Hampton Roads, Va. Chapter of the American Helicopter Society.
Anastasia Kozup, an aerospace engineer for the Engines Technical Area of the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate at Fort Eustis, Va., was selected for the honor based on her efforts in two major aircraft engine efforts. Kozup was responsible for the simultaneous planning, coordination and execution of both the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine program, and the Future Affordable Turbine Engine Program.
Kozup, 33, of Williamsburg, Va., has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University, and a Masters of Engineering Management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has worked at ADD for 11 years.
Over the last year, Kozup successfully managed the General Electric AATE agreement through the engine system testing phase. She also provided valuable support to the Improved Turbine Engine Program Analysis of Alternatives activities. ITEP is the planned major acquisition program that is seeking to transition the AATE technology to Army Aviation platforms. These AATE/ITEP activities are particularly noteworthy in that they coincided with management of another major engine demonstrator program, known as FATE.
According to her nomination packet, she effectively monitored FATE program cost, schedule, and technical performance and coordinated and communicated the major science and technology effort with multiple organizations. Over the last year, she also managed a technology investment agreement for the design, fabrication, and test of advanced compressor technology.
The award was presented at a meeting Dec. 9 at Fort Eustis.
The American Helicopter Society International is the world's oldest and largest professional society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology. The society was established in 1943, around the time the first U.S. helicopter was being put into service. According to its website, the Society has been the primary forum for interchange of information on vertical flight technology.
The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.