Best Technical Development Award

Best Technical Development Award

NASA Langley Research Center, in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University received the 2015 Best Technical Development within Energy Harvesting and Storage award for the development of their multistage force amplification piezoelectric energy harvester. The device demonstrated increases in power output, truly advancing piezoelectric energy harvesting power from milliWatts to the Watt level. The award is given to a company that has launched a new product based on Energy Harvesting in the last 24 months (November 2013 – November 2015) and is in the process of bringing it to market. Technical development of the product, potential market, and benefits over alternatives are assessed. For details about the award categories, visit: The award was announced on November 18th, at the IDTechEX Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2015 conference in Santa Clara, CA, an event that attracted 3000 attendees from over 40 countries.

This technology was invented and developed by the multidisciplinary team of Tian-Bing Xu (NIA/Langley), Emilie J. Siochi (Langley), Lei Zuo (VT), Xiaoning Jiang (NCSU), Jin Ho Kang (NIA/Langley), and Wanlu Zhou (VT).

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NIA News Release 2015-09: Throckmorton Named NIA Vice-President of Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 1, 2015

Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

NIA Release: 2015-09


Hampton, Va. — The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has named David A. Throckmorton as Vice President of Research, effective January 18, 2016. Throckmorton takes the reins of the department from Bo Walkley, who retires February 1, 2016.

As the Vice President of Research, Throckmorton will lead the assembly and direction of innovative teams that utilize the capabilities of the Institute’s research staff, university faculty, government laboratories, and industry partners to accomplish exciting new research and expand the Institute’s research portfolio.

Dr. Douglas Stanley, President and Executive Director of NIA noted, “We are extremely pleased that Dave has agreed to join NIA. His extensive experience with NASA and industry research will be critical to NIA’s growth as a leading research and academic institute over the next decade.”

Throckmorton began his career at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. During his 42 years with NASA, Throckmorton’s experience included working as the Assistant Head in the Aerothermodynamics Branch, and Manager, Space Transportation Programs Office, NASA Langley Research Center; Deputy Director of Engineering, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Deputy Director, NASA Stennis Space Center. Throckmorton also served as Chair and Member of the NASA Independent Standing Review Board for the Orion Project charged with providing NASA management with independent review and assessment of the technical and programmatic status of the project.

Throckmorton has most recently served as Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he managed the Northrop Grumman portion of the engineering support contract at NASA Langley Research Center known as TEAMS (Technology Engineering and Aerospace Mission Support).

Throckmorton holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University; and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a Fellow and former Board Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and Outstanding Leadership Medal.

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