November 15, 1996
KSC Contact: Patti Phelps
KSC Release No. 137-96-3


Dr. Pedro Medelius, an electrical engineer at Kennedy Space Center and a graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, recently was presented with NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to the Space Shuttle astronauts.

A native of Lima, Peru, Dr. Medelius graduated in 1972 from Nuestra Senora del Carmen in Miraflores, Peru. He earned three degrees in electrical engineering. He received a bachelorís degree in 1980 from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru, and a masterís degree in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992, both from the University of Florida. He is the son of Pedro and Yole Medelius of Miraflores, Peru.

Dr. Medelius and his wife, the former Martha Jane Rapp, have a 2-year-old daughter. They live in Merritt Island, FL.

Astronaut Pamela A. Melroy presented the award on Oct. 24 at KSC to Dr. Medelius, principal investigator of the Data Acquisition Laboratory. He is employed by engineering support contractor, I-NET Inc. He joined the space center in 1991.

Dr. Medelius was commended for his highly imaginative engineering and outstanding leadership in the development of the Universal Signal Conditioning Amplifier, the PCR Magnetic Field Sensor, and the Pad Personnel Location System.

"These important new technologies will improve Shuttle safety, reduce operating costs, and have a significant impact in the commercial marketplace," astronaut Melroy told him. "Without your extraordinary ability to design and to integrate these complex systems and meet the demanding needs of the evolving Space Shuttle program, the reputation and impact of the Data Acquisition Laboratory would be far less than it is less today."

Snoopy, of the comic strip "Peanuts," has been the unofficial mascot of NASA's astronaut corps since the earliest days of human space flight. The Silver Snoopy Award was created by the astronauts to honor persons who contribute most to the safety and success of human space flight.

The award is presented to no more than 1 percent of the space center's work force each year. Recipients are given a silver pin depicting the famous beagle wearing a space suit. All the pins have flown on a previous Space Shuttle mission. The awardees also receive a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter signed by the presenting astronaut.