NASA research engineer Mahmooda Sultana has been named the 2017 "IRAD Innovator of the Year," an award bestowed annually on those who achieve significant results creating technologies under the Goddard Space Flight Center's Internal Research and Development, or IRAD, program.

Sultana received the award for her groundbreaking work advancing nanomaterials and processes to create small, potentially revolutionary detectors and devices for use in space.

The annual reward is presented by NASA Goddard's Office of the Chief Technologist in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The organization funds and manages the development of promising, potentially breakthrough technologies that could advance the agency's scientific and exploration goals and benefit others.

"Mahmooda has distinguished herself as a tenacious, creative thinker, impressing virtually everyone with her technical acumen and drive," said Goddard Chief Technologist Peter Hughes in his announcement.

"In her relatively short time here, she has successfully competed for 10 awards under our IRAD program, compiling an impressive list of accomplishments, including the creation of advanced sensors for which a patent is pending," he continued.

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