Honors and Awards Gallery
2011 Outstanding Student
Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University
Instructional Design and Technology, School of Education
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
(graduated with Ph.D. Nov 2010)
NASA National Group
Dear Dr. Byers
On behalf of the NASA Glenn Research Center, I would like to thank you for your support of the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Project...This Award is reserved for an outstanding accomplishment through the coordination of many individual efforts which have contributed substantially to NASA's Mission...Your commitment to providing high quality educational opportunities to students and teachers across the country is commendable. NES continues to serve as a model for innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. We appreciate your passion, dedication and hard work, and look forward to working with you in the future.
Michael J. Foreman
Chief, External Programs Division
NASA Glenn Research Center
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 2008 Annual Honor Awards
Presented by Dr. Stephen Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director of CFSAN, to Al Byers and members of The Science Teacher Program in Food Science Group. Office of Food Defense, Communication, and Emergency Response. For improving public health through the development of food safety and nutrition education programs for science teachers and students. Certificate presented at ceremony.
Training Technology in Action Awardó2007 Learning Content Management Project of the Year: The NSTA Learning Center
The awards are the first time these have been offered by Training Magazine and the judges included an esteemed panel, several of which are listed below:
- Jay Cross, chief scientist, Internet Time Group
- Margaret Driscoll, learning and development consultant, IBM Business Consulting Services
- Charles Jennings, global head of learning, Reuters, UK
- Michael McGinnis, training manager, Bose Corporation
- Bryan Chapman, chief learning strategist, Chapman Alliance LLC
- Sonya Calooy, senior learning design professional, Shell Learning
- Andy Gibbons, author, "Computer-Based Instruction: Design and Development," chair, Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology, BYU
Our selection for the Learning Content Management Project of the Year was one category, which NSTA now holds company with other first time awardees such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Peace Corps, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco Systems.
URL: Technology in Action Awards
2007 Learning Leader: Organizational Management Excellence for the NSTA Learning Center
The Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders Program is a research-driven program designed to recognize innovation and excellence in critical areas of corporate training. Bersin & Associates recognizes up to 18 organizations that have developed and implemented unique and innovative approaches to learning and development resulting in significant business improvement.
Prior 2006 winners include General Motors, MetLife, Symantec Corporation, and Alcatel-Lucent to name a few. The NSTA Learning Center e-Learning portal received the distinction as one of the 2007 award recipients for Organizational Management Excellence.
URL: Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders Program
Feature Article: ELearning Magazine Learning Leader Article
NASA National GSRP
NASA awards 120 scholarships
each year for this national scholarship program.
The education office at NASA Langley awarded me
the opportunity to work on my Ph.D. in instructional
technology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
I have completed all courses and residency requirements
with a 4.0 GPA in all courses taken.
Honored with this distinction
for creating an interactive web site for the NASA
Connect education program. The site was a project
created as part of my Ph.D. graduate work while
learning Macromedia Director and was created with
two other individuals. This project was selected
by the Virginia Tech instructional technology
faculty for inclusion in this archive. You may
the site if desired.
NASA National Group
On June 20th 1997, it
was my pleasure to present the 1997 NASA Group
Achievement Award to your team "In recognition
of your engineering and technical excellence in
the conceptualization, development, and implementation
of the first Space Experiment Module carrier system."
....You are to be commended
not only for your individual efforts, but also
as a member of this most impressive team, whose
accomplishments have contributed significantly
to the mission of Goddard and NASA.
Dr. Joseph H. Rothenberg
NASA Goddard Space
Educator Certificate of Recognition
In recognition of your
special effort to share with your students the
excitement of NASA's Achievements in engineering,
technology, space and Earth science.
Dr. Joseph H. Rothenberg
Director, Goddard Space Flight Center
Certification of Special Recognition
Presented at the Annual
Awards Banquet of the Connecticut Science Supervisors
This certificate is presented
in special recognition to Al Byers and NASA for
providing outstanding and distinguished service
to the students of Connecticut and its Science
Educators by the Connecticut Science Supervisors
Association this 13th day of March 1997.
Connecticut Science Supervisors Association
Robious Middle School
Teacher of the Year
Awarded this honor by
my peers at Robious Middle in Chesterfield County
in my third year of teaching physical science
at the sixth and eighth grade levels.
National Educator Grant Award Recipient
Selected through a peer-review
process that afforded me the opportunity to spend
three weeks in Berkeley, CA learning astronomical
concepts and classroom activities from leading
astronomers and education specialists. Spent time
at several observatories, such as the Lick Observatory
in Santa Cruz, CA.
for the Gifted Educator
Richmond Mathematics and Science Center
Co-taught several courses for the Richmond Governor's
School for the Gifted in Rocketry and 3-D Imaging
using a Cray Supercomputer. The Governor's school
courses were taught during the summer and I considered
it an honor and privilege to work with some of
the best and brightest students in the Central
Virginia area. I was also fortunate in 1994 during my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction to conduct a practicum with the Science Supervisor for Chesterfield County, Virginia. During this experience I served on the Virginia Governor's School site selection advisory committee.