NASA’s Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program recently awarded New Mexico State University engineer Yu-Ping Tang the prestigious Engineering Award of Excellence for his work developing FLITELite, an LED flashlight for headset microphones.
NASA gives the award to four engineering support centers each year. Tang, a professor and engineer at New Mexico State’s Mechanical Engineering Tech Center, was given the award for providing innovation and engineering support for Santa Teresa-based FLITELite, a company that designed and patented the LED flashlight that attaches to a pilot’s headset microphone.
There were more than 60 entrants from thousands of eligible projects. New Mexico State’s Tech Center was up against such big name companies as Raytheon and Boeing.
“I think it’s pretty impressive that the innovation on this little light beat out such a big field of major applicants,” said David Simeur, FLITELite project manager.
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