Avatar CEO & President, Kajal Pancholi, PE has been invited to lead the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics Panel - First Woman on the Moon at the 70th International Astronautical Congress. Hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the event will take place in Washington D.C., United States from 21 – 25 October 2019.
Image & Knowledge Credit: AIAA & IAC
Representatives from each NASA centers, Patrick Air Force Base 45th Space Wing, prime contractors and other many government agencies will be available to answer questions about how to do business with their respective organizations.
We look forward to meeting with NASA and industry partners to explore collaboration opportunities. If you are attending the event, please stop by our booth to learn more about our technical capabilities and how we exceed our customers’ cost, schedule, risk & quality requirements every time.
Knowledge & image credits: NASA Office of Small Business
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:
Image & Knowledge Credit: SMD Symposium
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.