Press Release

NASA Presents Safety Award To Wayne Frazier

By SpaceRef Editor
February 11, 2011
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WASHINGTON — NASA has presented the agency’s Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition, or QASAR, award for 2010 to Wayne Frazier of Stafford, Va. Frazier, a senior manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, received the award for career achievement in the safety disciplines.

The QASAR award recognizes individual government and contractor employees who have demonstrated exemplary performance in contributing to the quality or safety of products, services, processes, or management programs and activities.

Frazier was recognized Thursday at the agency’s eighth annual Project Management Challenge in Long Beach, Calif.

“Whenever I ask Wayne to look at a safety issue, I know, without a doubt, that I will get a technically rigorous and thorough, yet timely, response that appropriately embraces NASA’s core values of safety, excellence, integrity and teamwork,” said Bryan O’Connor, the agency’s chief of safety and mission assurance. “Wayne has been serving NASA this way for more than 30 years.”

Frazier coordinates safety and mission assurance activities and management strategy among NASA’s mission directorates, support offices and field organizations. He recently led an initiative in which NASA asked the Department of Defense, medical research community, and automotive and pharmaceutical industries for key lessons that are applicable to agency activities.

Frazier was instrumental in reshaping NASA’s safety and mission assurance program. He is a founding member of the agency’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. He managed the major revision of the NASA Safety Manual, establishing the framework for new standards. He also developed the agency’s first orbital debris mitigation policy and led a major revision of NASA’s mishap reporting and investigation policies.

Frazier joined NASA in 1980 after eight years as an Army safety engineer with expertise in system safety, aviation, explosives, lasers, and chemical and nuclear weapons design safety.

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SpaceRef staff editor.