Huntsville, AL – 2016 – Thomas Shurtz, who works as a Computational Fluid Dynamicist on our Engineering and Science Services Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) subcontract to Jacobs Engineering, has won ESSSA’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. The Volunteer of the Year award is given for outstanding contributions by an individual or team which enhances the stature of the ESSSA group.
Thomas is a tireless volunteer, who gives countless hours to his community and others. His volunteer activities include being a Boy Scout leader for three years as a Cubmaster for 25 boys, volunteering as a clerk for a congregation of 300 at his local church, and working as crew chief for the Mormon Helping Hands volunteer group. As group leader, he led 20 volunteers who assisted with cleanup of flood damaged homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area. This group provided 250 hours of volunteer work, helping to remove debris from homes. They also helped remove trees after tornadoes in Alabama’s Madison and Limestone counties.
Thomas supports our NASA ER42/Fluid Dynamics Branch as a Computational Fluid Dynamicist. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical analysis and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows. Specifically, Thomas has been supporting CFD analysis for the SLS RS25 engine turbomachinery pumps. He looks at the flow characteristics of the cyrogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that are moving through the turbo pumps to better analytically understand how the flow is affecting both the pumps and the engine performance. The RS25 is the core stage engine for the Space Launch Vehicle (SLS) rocket that is the new manned vehicle that is looking to the future to take man back to the moon and on to Mars.
Congratulations, Thomas for this very well deserved award and thank you for your services to those in need and to All Points!
Picture Above: (L-R) Dr. Jan Davis (ESSSA Deputy General Manager), Larry Leopard (NASA Engineering Directorate Deputy Director), Thomas Shurtz, and Randy Lycans (ESSSA General Manager)