Nov 5, 2019

Bradley Doorn Awarded NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Photo of Bradley Doorn
Bradley Doorn has worked at NASA for 10 years. Credit: NASA/Bradley Doorn.

Brad Doorn, program manager for NASA Earth Applied Sciences Water Resources Program and Food Security Program, is receiving NASA’s prestigious Exceptional Service Medal for his committed work to advance NASA’s goals. This award is granted to NASA civil servants for “sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions” to NASA’s programs and goals, and whose “record of achievements sets a benchmark for others to follow.”

Doorn got his start in science in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and has seen the value of NASA Earth observations throughout his career. Now, he is responsible for developing the strategy to enhance these NASA capabilities for water resources and agriculture applications, including drought monitoring and crop management.

Lawrence Friedl, director of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science division, remarked that the award is well-deserved. “Brad’s decade of service has ensured the Water Resources and Food Security Programs’ success,” Friedl said. “He’s built a standout team who's worked hand-in-hand with partners to ensure our Earth observations and research are benefitting communities around the world. He's a great leader – we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.”

Doorn said he is honored to receive the award, and is inspired daily by his team. “This award is a tremendous honor and wouldn’t have been possible without the Water Resources and Agriculture program management teams that develop and lead an inspired portfolio of applied research.  I am humbled by this recognition and thank the Applied Sciences Program, Earth Science Division and NASA for this opportunity to serve my country.” He will receive the award on November 5, 2019 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Read more Making Space for Earth blog posts