Ball Aerospace Honors 23 Employees for Excellence

August 13, 2020

Ball Aerospace has recognized 23 team members for outstanding contributions to the business and its customers – and for their commitment, dedication, collaboration and execution in 2019. The Ball Aerospace Go Beyond® Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who are nominated by their peers.

"I am proud to work alongside these talented awardees, who truly embody the best of Ball,” said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace. “Their commitment, collaboration and execution define our culture, and we are honored to recognize their remarkable accomplishments as we celebrate our team members."

In addition to honoring our team members with Excellence Awards, two prestigious awards were given: the Gabe Award, which recognizes the professional efforts of an individual who has enhanced the company's competitiveness while producing an exemplary body of work; and the Follett award, which recognizes continuous outstanding contributions in a technical engineering field.

This year’s award winners comprise the following recipients:

  • Gabe Awardee: Jeff Osterkamp, Vice President, Security & Mission Assurance
  • Follett Awardee: David Walling, Senior Staff Consultant
  • Scott Potter – Principal Engineer, Systems
  • Mario Montano – Supervisor
  • John Langfield – Engineering Manager
  • Beth Kelsic – Senior Staff Consultant
  • Michael Adkins – Staff Consultant, Electrical
  • Lynn Dick – Principal Technical Specialist, Optical
  • John Wallace – Senior Engineer, Systems
  • Eric Coppock – Staff Consultant, Embedded Software
  • John Glennon – Staff Consultant, Systems
  • Patrick Wessels – Engineering Manager
  • Jason Forsyth – Principal Optical Engineer
  • Tyler Saunders – Engineering Manager
  • Ryan Glenn – Program Manager
  • Luke Wotruba – Program Manager
  • Shawn Conley – Senior Engineering Manager
  • Andrew Kaptchen – Material Specialist
  • Ian Linn – Engineering Manager
  • Becky Emerle – Senior Program Manager
  • Lisa Schreiber – Senior Multimedia Designer
  • Nathan Jessen – Senior Manager
  • Chelsea Waddill – Project Engineer

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. Go Beyond with Ball.® For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2019 net sales of $11.5 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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