ROTARY  HUMANITARIAN STAR AWARDS
Science   Technology   Aerospace   Robotics                   

 Science Technology Aerospace  Robotics


Daniel E. Irwin

SERVIR Director 

Nominated For:  Developing SERVIR:  mission is to provide developing countries NASA satellite images and data needed to address environmental issues.

Nominated by:  NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center 

Project Category:  Environmental Improvement and Disaster Relief and Recovery



Morteza Gharib Ph.D.

Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories

Nominated by:   Ares J. Rosakis, NAS, NAE, Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 

Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics & Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT)  California Institute of Technology 

Project Category:  Health and Medical

Nominated For: Developing and bringing to market solutions for cardiac health, glaucoma, 3D dental imaging and more.


Mya Le Thai,     

Postdoctoral candidate in UCI's Dept. of Chemistry.  

Nominated for:     Groundbreaking research on gold nano-wire battery technology.

Nominated by:    Brian Bell   Communications Officer  University of California, Irvine


Rotary Zone Representative, Disaster Response Team Member, Ambassador for DAUSA  Disaster Aid USA
Nominated For:  Survival and recovery aids for the nonprofit organization Disaster Aid USA.
Nominated by:   Lance A. Ito   (Ret) Judge Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles

Project Category:   Disaster Relief and Recovery


Professor of Law at  University of San Francisco School of Law
Nominated For:    Founder: The Forgotten International
Nominated by:    Lance A. Ito   (Ret) Judge Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles


S. Sona Hosseini PhD,   
Research and Instrument Scientist  Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
Nominated For:  Design and construction of astronomical instrumentation: promoting and inspiring the exploration of our universe.
Nominated by:   Gilda Moshir  President of Rotary Club of San Marino 


Nominated by:  William E. White MD and Robert A. Taylor
Nominated for:  Impact in scientific workforce development through LIGO (Laser Interferometer-Gravitational Wave Observatory).
Project Catagory:  Knowledge Sharing

Parker R. Amstutz 
Volunteer Connect2Ministries
Nominated by  Dana-Nicole B. Samuel

Nominated For:  Creating a self sustaining method to feed starving villages.

Project Category:  Health


President:  Arnold Gaffery
Nominated For: The development of search and rescue MapSar technology used across the country and around the world.  
Nominated by:   Wendie Johnston, Pasadena Bioscience Collarborative

Project Category: Disaster relief and recovery


Isabelle Warner
Chair of the Pasadena Sister Cities Armenia Subcommittee
Nominated by:  Angie Gomez, Vice President Pasadena Sister Cities Committee (Germany, Japan, Finland, Armenia, and China)

Project Category:  Disaster Relief

Nominated For:  Bringing heaters to schools in Vanadzor, Armenia


Graduate Student at Caltech - Professor Richard Murray's Bio-engineering Research Group, iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) coach.
Nominated by:   Monica Barsever Science Teacher at Alverno Heights Academy
Nominated for:  Mentoring young scientists n the IGEM project 
Project Catagory:  Knowledge Sharing

Nominated for:  A collaborative learning app for mobile devices, making high-quality teaching and learning easier and accessible to all. 
Nominated by:  Monica Barsever,  Science Teacher at Alverno Heights Academy
Project Catagory:  Knowledge Sharing

National Aeronautics Space Administration

Nominated For:   NASA core Flight System’s team is committed to openness and knowledge sharing fostering continuous improvement and knowledge sharing within the flight software community.   
Nominated by:   David C. McComas,   Flight Software Systems Branch Head, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Project Category:  Knowledge Sharing


Sorin Grama 

Founder and Director, Promethean Power Systems Inc. USA

Nominated For: Off grid refrigeration for rural dairy farmers in India,  to allow better economic efficiency in their farming. Vision is to make the thermal energy battery a technology platform allowing third-party manufacturers in developing areas to develop attachments such as vaccine or milk coolers. 

Nominated by:  Dr. Douglas Kerns

Project Category:  Environment and Health