President Obama Awards AirSep’s McCombs
Oxygen innovator recognized with National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
- By David Kopf
- Feb 14, 2013
Norman McCombs, senior vice president at AirSep Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chart Industries Inc., has been awarded The National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States on the nation’s leading innovators. McCombs received the award from President Obama at a ceremony held at the White House earlier this month on Feb. 1
“Chart and AirSep are proud to have Norm McCombs as a key member of our team and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” said Chart Chairman, President and CEO Sam Thomas. “We are fortunate to have Norm’s technological capability, but more importantly his high integrity and commitment to continuous improvement serve as a role model for everyone at Chart.”
The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams, companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to U.S. economic, environmental and social well-being. The purpose of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the nation's technological workforce.
To that end, McCombs has been a pioneer in the field of oxygen separation technology, and is responsible for 40 patents during his career, and products stemming from Mr. McCombs inventions can be found all over the world in various applications, including portable oxygen delivery systems for field hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan, personal portable units greatly improving the quality of life of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) patients, and the medical clinic at the base camp on Mount Everest, among many others.
David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.