Meet the Avatar team at the upcoming Space and Missile Defense (SMD) symposium scheduled from August 6-8, 2019 in Huntsville, AL. The SMD symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. The symposium will be widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and around the world. Key features of this year’s symposium included the following:
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Of the 63 women who have ever flown in space, 37 of them have spent time on board the International Space Station. In honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a look at a few of the women who have made history doing scientific research in Earth orbit. Join us in celebrating one of the many achievements of women in space.
Intern Hunter Goodenow, along with two other NASA interns, took second place at the “Innovation Without Boundaries” event for their Mobile Acronym Search Tool (MAST). Impressively, this was a NASA Kennedy Space Center campus-wide event, not just specific to interns. His team’s tool enables access to NASA acronyms via mobile devices and will ultimately provide acronym access to the entire NASA workforce and the public.
What makes Hunter so valuable to Avatar is that his passion fuels the creation of his imaginative ideas. He has become the acronym hero! Hunter and his team submitted a simple, one slide, two-minute presentation to a panel of about 30 people from different innovation disciplines and came out with a second-place ribbon!
Hunter’s MAST idea has the potential to greatly impact the Kennedy Space Center community by easing a burden that most employees have simply come to accept as unchangeable. This is just one example of how Avatar team members are difference makers. We are proud to recognize Hunter’s enthusiasm and contribution for creating this outstanding innovative solution.
QUEST is a co-curricular, hand on program that focuses on quality management, process improvement, system design, and real-world problem solving. It combines diverse knowledge and skills to enhance the professional and personal development of its students. Four UMD students, from varying scholastic disciplines, banded together to begin creating Avatar’s ISO compliant quality management system. The teams progress by the end of the semester proved to set a strong foundation for the company to become ISO 9001 certified in the near future.
The QUEST team, which included Avatar’s Summer 2018 intern Devin Rosen, presented their findings and recommendations at the Annual QUEST Conference. The experience was extremely fulfilling and mutually beneficial, offering business experience for the students and real progress for Avatar towards achieving its ISO goals.
As a QUEST sponsor, Avatar is in good company. Other corporate sponsors included Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Leidos, IBM, GE, Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture, AT&T, PWC, Bloomberg, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Avatar Technologies appoints Kajal Pancholi, PE as the CEO & President to lead the company’s strategic growth and business development initiatives. As a licensed engineer with over 15 years of business development, government contracting and aerospace industry experience, Kajal brings a wealth of leadership and commercial know-how. She will be responsible for organizational leadership, strategy, growth and general management.
Avatar recently participated in Maryland Robotics Day, hosted by the University of Maryland. The event, geared toward industry and government guests, is designed to acquaint potential partners with the University of Maryland’s many robotics research projects, faculty, students and facilities. It was a great learning experience for everyone in attendance, and some exciting connections were made. We had the opportunity to tour many of the robotics labs, view some live robotics demonstrations, and chat with many graduate students and professors about their exciting research developments.
Avatar is proud to announce that several of our outstanding employees have recently received awards for their exemplary performance under the KLXS contract. Please see below for a brief description of their achievements!
Nick Kindred (KLXS Certificate of Recognition)
In appreciation of his outstanding leadership and support to the Spacecraft Offline Processing Element EOM. Functioning as the Element Operations Manager Deputy, Nick prepared the team for the Preliminary Design Review, leading or overseeing such products as GOPDb Drops 5 and 6; 3-point estimates; resource loading; contingency planning; requirements development; detailed validations and objectives; and stakeholder expectations development. As the Deputy, he led the weekly Spacecraft Offline Processing Element Operations working group and drove many actions to closure with sound technical insights that required constant team coordination. Nick’s efforts stand as an example of excellent quality products and services and are a direct result of his can-do attitude and dedication to the program goals and objectives.
Fred Simmler (KLXS Certificate of Recognition)
In appreciation of Fred’s outstanding leadership in the emulator/simulator team developing Tri-Program Bi-Lateral Exchange Agreements. The analysis and guidance he has provided is recognized as critical to supporting GSDO verification planning and execution. Additionally, he has enhanced technical integration efforts through effective cross functional team collaboration while providing solution based recommendations after identifying non-compliances to the C3R technical baseline and gaps in C3R requirements. Fred’s achievements are a direct result of his exceptional ability to offer and implement effective solutions and indicative of his dedication to the GSDO mission.
Wayne Obenour (Space Flight Awareness Award)
For outstanding leadership and technical excellence in integrating Space Launch System (SLS) Launch Vehicle requirements, design and operations planning with the launch complex ground systems in support the Agency’s Exploration Program.
ongratulations to our KLXS Program Manager Jim Gray! He has been awarded the GSDO Steady at the Helm peer award. Jim won this award for his ability to perform well under pressure and keep the team focused in a crisis. We appreciate Jim for his great leadership, diplomacy and respect for the team, and we are so happy he has been recognized for these great qualities.