Vote Parimal Kopardekar!

It’s your turn to vote for the winner of the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals People’s Choice award. Polls are open now until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 9, 2018.

Twenty-seven Sammies finalists are eligible for this special recognition. Their achievements include pioneering research to understand and prevent peanut allergies; coordinating investigations to arrest gang members and halt money-transfer scams; advancing technologies to fight forest fires, improve energy efficiency, enhance worker safety and track severe weather; protecting cities from flooding; preventing famine; defending healthcare computer systems from cyber attack; and much more.

Parimal Kopardekar from NASA’s Ames Research Center designed a first-of-its-kind traffic management system for unmanned aerial vehicles, paving the way for large-scale use of commercial drones.

The winner will be announced on July 19 during an event with the 2018 finalists and Sammies alumni at the Partnership for Public Service.