The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory nominated Arizona State University electrical engineering alumnus Preston Webster for the 74th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award. The award recognizes employees who have worked for the federal government for three to 15 years and have made outstanding contributions in their roles in the areas of basic science; applied science, engineering and mathematics; and managerial or legal achievement.

Webster is an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate at New Mexico’s Kirtland Air Force Base. He leads a team developing innovative sensors for satellites that can withstand the high-radiation environment of outer space.

“I am tremendously grateful to my team of graduate students, research scientists and technicians that all contributed to the advancement of the technologies we are developing at AFRL,” Webster says in an Air Force Research Laboratory press release. “I am also appreciative of our program leadership who over the past decades developed our advanced laboratory facilities that allow AFRL to conduct groundbreaking research.”

If the judging committee for the Flemming Award selects Webster for the next round of the competition, Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration will honor him at the award ceremony in June.

Read more about Webster’s nomination from the Air Force Research Laboratory