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News Release
Thursday, July 06, 2017

NASA Exemplary Performance Award Presented to Barrios Technology’s Becky Difard

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (Houston): Barrios Technology’s Becky Difard was presented with Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) Power of One Gold Award. The Power of One Award is JSC’s award program established to recognize JSC employees for their exemplary performance and direct contributions to their organization, JSC, or NASA at the agency level. Difard was recognized for her dedication and can do attitude in completing the daunting task to incorporate International Space Station Payload Imagery requirements and vehicle imagery requirements together in a consolidated database.

The consolidation of systems and payload imagery requirements into one document, and streamlining the process of gathering imagery requirements is consistent with the “Revolutionize the ISS for Science and Exploration” (RISE) initiative and strongly supported and encouraged by the Space Station Program Office. This one of a kind project had been in planning some 18 months before Difard became part of it. She spend many dedicated hours learning technical imagery aspects, how requirements are defined, and integrating with the International Partners. The task required long hours and multitasking with other projects and job responsibilities assigned to her. Difard’s citation recognized “her can do attitude, fast learning, ability to seek out sources to gather information and to coordinate with multiple parties, allowed her to successfully integrate all imagery requirements onto an all comprehensive and much improved document, in time to meet the template schedule, and more importantly, the flight schedule”.

Joining Barrios Technology in 2003, Difard supports the Mission and Program Integration (MAPI) contract as part of the Research and Integration team.  Over her 30+ years of service she has supported a variety of NASA programs including ISS, Commercial Payload, NASA MIR and SpaceHab missions.

The NASA Power of One is a peer-nominated award program, including civil servants and contractors. The award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual for superior accomplishments beyond their normal work requirements benefiting one of three levels of NASA’s mission, the Organization (Bronze-Level), JSC (Silver-Level) or the Agency (Gold-Level). As part of the Power of One award program, individuals are given the opportunity to choose their award and recognition experience based on the level of their accomplishments. Awards may include meeting NASA legends, shadowing the director or an astronaut for a day, or VIP building tours to name just a few.  

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