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COLUMBUS -- Ashley Pugh, an aeronautical engineering major, was recognized at the NASA Ames Research Center annual Honor Awards Ceremony as a recipient of the Group Achievement Award.
The award recognizes her work as an intern on the NASA team with the second generation Large Civil Tilt Rotor test in the Vertical Motion Simulator (LCTR2), a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
Pugh is a 2008 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and the daughter of Glenn Pugh and Kelly Watson of Newcomerstown.
She is a student at The Ohio State University.
Pugh applied online for internships with NASA before the beginning of her junior year and worked as an intern winter break 2010 through spring break 2011.
She then returned as a senior intern for the summer of 2011 to assist with the LCTR2 testing.
A total of nine test pilots from industry and military tested the LCTR2 and evaluated the performance of the aircraft.
Pugh's job was to keep the team organized and on task.
Pugh said her opportunity with NASA was an "experience of a lifetime" and the value of doing undergraduate research is "indescribable."
She said she was excited when she was notified about the award, and immediately forwarded the email to her parents and best friend.