Galen Marks, P.E. was awarded for his work as team lead overseeing the Hardened Installation Protection for Persistent Operations (HIPPO) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project. Marks was selected as EXWC's 2014 civilian engineer of the year in January.
"Galen and his team designed and incorporated new technologies into a kit for the repair, restoration and recovery of fuel and water for the HIPPO project," said Capt. Mark.
The JCTD developed a scalable, resilient-structured solution to ensure continuity of operations in the face of major man-made and natural disruptions, and it incorporates innovative technologies to separate and reuse fuel contaminated with aqueous fire fighting foam.
The kit also offers new capabilities including bypass, inline and valve repair, fuel recovery and storage. A revised modular system allows faster access to tools and vital parts, along with expeditious transport by unmodified H-60 helicopters.
Modern high performance military aircraft require large quantities of fuel and quick refueling times are essential. Legacy fuel system repair kits do not offer repair capability for modern large bore, large volume, high pressure bulk fuel and water systems.
The technologies developed by Galen and his team will enable warfighters to resume battle within six hours after an attack, instead of the days and weeks under previous systems and capabilities.
Marks also performed a failure investigation in a 950 kW Wind Turbine Generator at
Marks led a survey team in the production and distribution of a key compressed air system at
"This award is gratifying for me personally, but it would not be possible without the hard work, resourcefulness and contribution of my team members," said Marks. "I humbly accept the Etter award in their behalf."
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