The MABE department added two new members to its Hall of Fame, including the founder and CEO of 7Delta and its second astronaut.
Michael Sawyers graduated from the University of Tennessee with his B.S in engineering science and mechanics (biomedical engineering) in 1979. He is the founder, President and CEO of 7Delta, Inc. He has over 35 years of diverse executive management and operational medical information technology experience in support of the Department of Defense Military Health System and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System. In 1999, Mr. Sawyers retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service as a Lieutenant Colonel, while serving as a Medical
Information Systems Officer. He served in various levels of responsibility within the Medical Research and Development Command, Military Health Systems, and the Departnt of the Army’s Staff.
Sawyers was part of the University of Tennessee Minority Engineering Program (MEP) Year Group 2. He was named the 2012 Maryland Technology Entrepreneur of the Year; 2012 Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year; 2013 Small Business Administration Maryland Small Business Person of the Year; and 2013 CEO World Awards Customer-Focused CEO of the Year. He has also received several military awards.
Barry “Butch” Wilmore received his M.S. in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee in 1994. He is a tenured fleet naval officer and pilot. He was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2000, and has completed two missions to the International Space Station (ISS). He has logged 178 days in space and has made 4 spacewalks. In 2014, he served as commander of most of his mission aboard Expedition 41/42. He is the first person to use a 3-D printer aboard the ISS, and assembled the first tool, a socket wrench, which he constructed entirely in space.
He has received numerous awards and honors including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Metorious Service Medal, and NASA Distinguished Service Medal. The United States Atlantic Fleet named him the “Light Attack Wing One-Pilot of the Year” in 1991 and “Strike Fighter Aviator of the Year” in 1999. He received his honorary doctorate from Tennessee Technological University in 2012, and received the Accomplished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee in 2015.
Sawyers and Wilmore were officially inducted in to the Hall of Fame at the MABE Honors Awards Banquet on April 6.