HOUSTON, TX —Kanishka deSilva, a Project Manager on the JSC Engineering Technology
and Science (JETS) contract at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, was the recent
recipient of NASA’s prestigious Exceptional Public Service Medal.
The medal is awarded to any non-Government individual or to an individual who was not a
Government employee during the period in which the service was performed for sustained
performance that embodies multiple contributions on NASA projects, programs, or initiatives.
“It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious award,” said deSilva. “It feels great to be
recognized for all the hard work that I have put in to the NASA space program.
“I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout these years, my incredible talented
team, that has done an excellent job and consistently performing above and beyond my
expectations, and everyone who has supported me during the last 23 years.”
Kanishka and his wife, Shehani, live in Houston with their two teenage sons, Avin and Anuk.