MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) presented its Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award to Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, at the Inventor's Ball at the center in Huntsville, Ala., last night.
The Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award is given to individuals who improve the lives of others and make their hometowns better places to live and work through long-term dedication, compassion and the desire to do the right work, right now.
"It gives us great pleasure to recognize a woman who has inspired so many students, teachers and families who have visited the center and changed so many lives over the years," said Michael Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate social responsibility initiative.
Honeywell's partnership with the USSRC began in 2004 with the launch of the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, a scholarship program for middle school math and science teachers. Since then, more than 2,100 teachers have attended the academy, and in turn, have inspired more than 2 million students around the world.
In 2010, Honeywell and the USSRC joined forces again, creating the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, a program that teaches children of Honeywell employees leadership skills in science, technology, engineering, and math using innovative interactive technology, science-oriented workshops and team exercises. More than 1,450 students from 47 countries have attended this scholarship program.
"I am humbled and honored to accept this award," said Barnhart. "I get a great deal of joy working with the students and teachers who attend USSRC each year, and I'm proud to have helped create these two outstanding programs with Honeywell."
Barnhart is a Huntsville native and University of Alabama alumna. She joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Captain. She earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in education from Vanderbilt University.
Earlier this year Barnhart was named to the Alabama Spaceport Authority Advisory Task Force by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is one of the most recognized corporate social responsibility initiatives in the world, receiving more than 92 awards for its community outreach efforts. Recent recipients of the Hometown Heroes awards include Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA, and Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and member and past chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management board.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. HHS established the Honeywell Hometown Heroes award to honor exceptional community leaders making a positive impact in their cities, states and hometowns. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit: http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.
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About the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.
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