Congratulations to Pennsylvania Native Charles Kopicz Jr for Earning NASA's Top Honor
I’d like to commend and congratulate Charles “Chip” Kopicz Jr. for receiving NASA’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Medal. A Berks County native, Chip received the award for his 14 years of dedication to improving America’s space technology. An engineer with ERC Inc. at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Chip has improved modules for the International Space Station, and he is currently working to refine the J2X, the next-generation engine for space travel that will replace the space shuttle program.
Last week, children across the country looked at the final mission of the space shuttle program with a wonder and awe that will carry them into careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and other fields. I want to thank Chip for his many contributions to our country’s space program and congratulate him for the example he has set for youth across the country. I believe that we should encourage children to pursue their passions and provide them with the tools they need to reach their potential.