Kevin L. Simmons- 2008 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award Recipient


Kevin L. Simmons, of Jacksonville, Fla., was named the 2008 recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. This award, given by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), NASA, and the Space Foundation, was presented April 7, 2008 during the Opening Ceremony of the 24th National Space Symposium. The symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space industry, will be held April 7-10, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

We are pleased to join the AMF and NASA in honoring such an enthusiastic and innovative educator with the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. We are especially proud that for the second year in a row a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison was selected for remarkable accomplishments in inspiring student participation in space research and technology
— Iain Probert, vice president, education, Space Foundation
We are proud of this progressive educator and look forward to honoring Kevin Simmons with the Alan Shepard award for his excellence in technology education in and out of the classroom.
— Stephen Feldman, Ph.D., president, AMF


Simmons was chosen to receive the award for his creation of the TEKNA - THEOS, Inc. (TTI) program. TTI educates students about science and engineering careers through the design, construction, and flight of a novel spaceflight bioreactor. The program has expanded to include student participation in competitions, conducting “Zero G” research projects, and legislative and public outreach activities.