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Naples grad receives prestigious NASA award for work keeping astronauts safe

When Eric Burke applied for a job at the Kennedy Space Center back in 2007, he didn’t expect anything would come of it.

“I didn’t think I had a shot,” said Burke, a 1998 Naples graduate who at the time was just a few years out of graduate school. Yet he was already an accomplished research and development engineer, designing and building prototype systems for the U.S. Navy and earning national recognition for new, innovative techniques.

His accomplishments caught the eye of folks with the space program, launching Burke’s career that took off working on the space shuttle — and eventually landed him at NASA Langley Research Center, where he recently earned a prestigious award.

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