Author of: Apollo EECOM
Sy was the Lead EECOM Flight Controller throughout all Apollo manned missions and an EGIL (Skylab EECOM) for all of the Skylab program missions. On the international scene, Sy was the Lead EECOM for the American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission. He contributed his experience to early shuttle missions and to the space station design.
Syís autobiography, Apollo EECOM: Journey of A Lifetime" has been published. In it he takes us through his life and experiences in Mission Control during the Apollo Program. His book not only allows you to get to know the Control Room team - but an intimate sense of what it must have been like to be there. .
As EECOM in Mission Control on Apollo 13, Sy was at the focal point of the crisis when the spacecraft oxygen tank exploded, to which he will speak.
He has advised and contributed to several books concerning Apollo 13 including the movie, Apollo 13; and was the technical adviser for an archival multi-media CD-ROM entitled Apollo 13, A Race Against Time, which is devoted to the Apollo 13 mission. He has appeared in the PBS NOVA series, the History Channel Modern Marvels, the National Geographic Science Channel Situation Critical series, the Discovery Channel and the acclaimed Public Broadcast System documentary Apollo 13, To the Edge and Back. He served as the on-camera host for a space documentary entitled In the Shadow of the Moon, produced by the CBS affiliate in Austin, Texas.
As part of the Apollo 13 operations team, Sy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has also received the NASA Commendation Award for his leadership role in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project international space mission. He has been honored as Distinguished Alumnus of his alma materís School of Engineering and Technology.
Sy, as a Senior Project Engineer, directed the design and fabrication of the astronaut neutral buoyancy trainers for the International Space Station (ISS). He remains an active booster and international public speaker of NASA's space accomplishments and the importance of a good education. .