Lisa Mazzuca, mission manager for NASA's Search and Rescue Office, promotes STEM education with a student at EEA AirVenture in OshKosh, Wisconsin. Credit: NASA
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NASA Selects Lisa Mazzuca as an American Hero

July 27, 2017

NASA selected Lisa Mazzuca, mission manager for the agency's Search and Rescue Office, as one of its six American heroes for American Heroes Week!

Mazzuca and her team are developing new emergency locator beacon technology to improve systems that help show first responders where to locate people in distress. Additionally, they have completed research into emergency locator transmitter survivability and reliability for commercial and general aviation aircraft. Improved ELT installation can greatly increase Search and Rescue’s chances of finding survivors in the event of a crash.

American Heroes Week is a White House event held July 24 through 28, during which the president is “celebrating numerous Americans for their courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities.”

Mazzuca is a finalist this year for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, and is also eligible for the Samuel J. Heyman People’s Choice Award. You can vote for her every day at this site:

To learn more about the Search and Rescue Office's work, visit: