Chart Industries, Inc. has announced that Norman R. McCombs, senior vice-president at AirSep Corporation, has been awarded The National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

AirSep is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chart, while the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the US on America’s leading innovators.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams, companies or divisions of companies, for their outstanding contributions to US economic, environmental and social wellbeing.

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.

McCombs is a pioneer in the field of oxygen separation technology, responsible for 40 patents during his career, and created of one of the primary technologies used in today’s oxygen concentrators – which have enabled countless people around the world to enjoy a better quality of life through oxygen therapy.

“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 Sam Thomas, chairman, CEO and president of Chart. “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.”