13th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala Honorees
SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY AWARD - Michael J. Massimino
Michael James "Mike" Massimino (born August 19, 1962) is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut who is now a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Massimino is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, both of which serviced the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), including the historicfinal repair mission.
Massimino was born August 19, 1962 in Oceanside, New York. His hometown is Franklin Square, New York. Massimino graduated from H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School in Franklin Square, New York in 1980. He went on to attend Columbia University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering in 1984. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in technology and public policy in 1988. He continued his education at MIT, earning a Degree of Mechanical Engineer in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering in 1992. Upon completing his B.S. degree from Columbia, Massimino worked for IBM as a systems engineer in New York City from 1984 until 1986. In 1986 he entered graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he conducted research on human operator control of space robotics systems in the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department's Human-machine systems Laboratory. His work resulted in the awarding of two patents. While a student at MIT he worked during the Summer of 1987 as a general engineer at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology, during the summers of 1988 and 1989 as a research fellow in the Man-Systems Integration Branch at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and during the summer of 1990 as a visiting research engineer at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. After graduating from MIT in 1992, Massimino worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Houston, Texas as a research engineer where he developed laptop computer displays to assist operators of the Space Shuttle remote manipulator system.
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1996, Massimino reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. He completed two years of initial training and evaluation and qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Prior to his first space flight assignment, Massimino served in the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch, and in the Astronaut Office Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Branch. He has served as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in Mission Control and performed other technical tasks in the Astronaut Office CAPCOM Branch.
STS-109 Columbia (March 1–12, 2002). STS-109 was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission. The crew of STS-109 successfully upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope leaving it with a new power unit, a new camera (the Advanced Camera for Surveys), and new solar arrays. STS-109 set a record for spacewalk time with 35 hours and 55 minutes during 5 spacewalks. Massimino performed two spacewalks totaling 14 hours and 46 minutes. STS-109 orbited the Earth 165 times, and covered 4.5 million statute miles in over 262 hours and 10 minutes.
STS-125 Atlantis (May 11–24, 2009) was the final Hubble servicing mission by the Space Shuttle. Atlantis landed in California after stormy weather prevented the shuttle from landing at NASA's home base in Florida as previously planned. During the mission Massimino became the first person to use Twitter in space.
LEROY R. GRUMMAN AWARD - Daniel J. Shybunko
Daniel J. Shybunko is the Founder and CEO of GSE Dynamics, Inc., a defense manufacturer specializing in providing complex structural assemblies to the United States Air Force, Navy, and Army, and the major Aerospace companies. Dan was born in Hempstead, New York in 1933, and his dedication and leadership skills were evident at an early age. He was President of his class at Hempstead High School in 1951. Dan received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and soon after served honorably as a Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Dan received his New York State Professional Engineer license and began his career working for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. Dan served as a project engineer and project manager for various projects during his 25 years of service at Grumman.
In April of 1971, Dan formed GSE Dynamics, Inc. At this time, he was still working full-time at Grumman. Grumman supported Dan’s new business endeavor and allowed him to continue working at Grumman while growing his new company in Farmingdale. He left Grumman in 1978, and in 1983 Dan was able to build a new 15,000 square foot plant in Hauppauge. As the company grew and became more successful, Dan expanded his plant to 28,000 square feet. This was only the beginning of the substantial growth that GSE would see in the few years ahead.
By 2005, GSE Dynamics was running a total of 3 manufacturing facilities, GSE Dynamics, GSE Composites, and GSE Southern Composites. GSE Dynamics focuses on complex machined, formed, and welded structures for military applications. The local composites division in Hauppauge, focused on a specialty in fiberglass and composite products to manufacture parts specifically for the US Navy submarines. The division in Georgia focused on manufacturing Air Force composite bonded structures. In 2009, GSE was awarded a potential $33 million dollar contract with the Navy to continue manufacturing submarine mast fairings and related structure. And in 2012, GSE secured 2 long term contracts with the Air Force with potential of $20 Million each to continue manufacturing bonded structures. In 2012, GSE purchased a 58,000 square foot building, also in Hauppauge, to consolidate the two composites facilities and bring all manufacturing back to Long Island for even greater expansion capabilities. GSE has drastically increased its level of business and proven itself as an industry leader. GSE continues to provide complex assemblies, advanced composites technology, metal fabrication and support processes for the DOD and other aerospace and defense customers.
Dan’s other major accomplishments include serving as the Highway Commissioner for 5 years and as the Mayor of the Village of Head of the Harbor for 8 years (4, two-year terms). During this time, Dan greatly expanded the village organization with a new village hall and incorporating a public water system. He also improved roads and established a hand book for residents.
When Dan is not at GSE you can find him spending time with his family. Dan is the father of three daughters and two sons with his late wife, Laura. Dan is now married to Carol Shybunko. Together they share 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
DONALD E. AXINN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - Frank Robilotto
Frank joined Arkwin in November of 2003 as the Director of Operations. He steadily progressed to Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President of the Company and was appointed President in 2010. Prior to joining Arkwin, he held various General Management positions, most notably with Lucas Aerospace in Utica, NY and BBA/Ozone Industries, Inc. in East Lyme, CT.
Frank has had the pleasure, in a very real way, of participating in much of the charitable work supported by Arkwin and its’ founder, Daniel Berlin’s Family Foundation. Though most of their work is anonymously carried on, the Cradle of Aviation and The ALS Ride for Life are the most notable. Arkwin also supports various high school and community college grass root programs to keep the manufacturing and aerospace industries here on Long Island. He is particularly proud of the time, talent and treasure donated by his fellow Arkwinites in these endeavors.
Frank and Sally, his wife, live in East Norwich. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.