Richard Rast, Senior Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base

One of your colleagues has figured out a new way to find pieces of trash that are orbiting the Earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour. His creativity is now earning him some prestigious recognition. Richard Rast, a senior engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category. Read a Q&A with Richard Rast.