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September 4, 2019

Vantage Employees Receive Awards during NASA Agency and Center Awards Ceremony

During the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) 2019 Agency and Center Awards Ceremony Vantage employee, Michael Cuy, received the prestigious NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal Award. Mr. Cuy received the award for outstanding public service as lead engineer for the NASA GRC Burner Rig Facility, resulting in significant advancements in high temperature turbine engine materials. 

Vantage employees also garnered a number of Group Achievement awards including:

Silver Achievement Medal - Group:

(1)   Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) Team: Aaron Thompson

(2)   Multifunctional Structures for High Energy Lightweight Load Bearing Storage (M-SHELLS) Team: Daniel Gorican

Group Achievement Award:

(1)   Zero Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) Experiment Team: Anthony Bruzas, Michael Mackin, Paul McMasters

(2)   Integrated Cryogenically Cooled Experiment Box Team: Eric Carlberg, David Hervol

(3)   Orion ESM PQM Test Team: Donald Butler

(4)   12.5-kW Hall Thruster Technology Development Test Team: Arthur Birchenough, Scott Hall, Ahmad Hammoud, James Myers

September 4, 2019

Vantage Presented NASA GRC SB Prime Contractor of the Year Award

The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) 2019 Agency and Center Awards Ceremony was held on September 4, 2019.  During the ceremony Vantage Partners, LLC was presented its award for GRC 2018 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The award was accepted by Vantage Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Ahan. The award was presented by GRC Center Director Dr. Janet Kavandi and NASA Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Dennis Andrucyk. Mr. Andrucyk was the guest speaker for the event. Vantage was also the 2014 receipient of this award.

April 1, 2019

Vantage Sponsors FIRST Robotics Buckeye Regional Event

Vantage was a proud sponsor of the FIRST Buckeye Regional High School Robotics competition held March 28 – 30, 2019 at Cleveland State University.

FIRST (www.firstinspires.org) is a competitive-based education program where students design, build, program, and compete as a team using robots to solve a new challenge every year. This year’s robotics competition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon with a space-themed robotics challenge named “Destination: Deep Space”.High school students apply what they learn in school in a challenging team effort. Skills employed include math, science, engineering, business and project management, art, video, industrial sciences, and every creative muscle they have. The culmination of a six- week design/build/test season is participation in one of the FIRST Regional Competitions. 

 

Vantage employees (pictured below from left to right)
Jerry Szpak, Phil Ugorowski, Malcolm Robbie, Joe Ogonek, and Joel Chaney participated as judges in support of the FIRST event.

December 17, 2018

Vantage Employees Receive NASA Silver Snoopy Award

The NASA Silver Snoopy Award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. Vantage employees William Maul and Paul McMasters were recipients of the award for 2018.

William Maul received the Award for supporting the development of cutting-edge systems health management technologies for launch vehicle systems and subsystems as an onsite contractor at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC).  Mr. Maul is a highly regarded subject matter expert in the development of Functional Fault Models (FFMs) and is applying his FMM expertise as the technical lead for development of the Integrated Vehicle Failure Model (IVFM), an FFM for the Space Launch System (SLS).  He leads a cross-Agency team responsible for developing the IVFM and using it to analyze the design of SLS mission and fault management capabilities.

Paul McMasters received the Award for providing significant project impact and excellent scheduling leadership in many International Space Station (ISS) research projects over the years.  In his support of the ISS Research Project, he has created the facility utilization schedules that are used to plan ISS operations in the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR).  He maintains project schedules for up to 10 different projects and provides the roll up to NASA Headquarters.  His outstanding insight helps lower the project’s schedule risks and allows time-saving options to be presented to the project’s management.

 

November 15, 2018

Vantage Employees Receive NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

The NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose. This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to non-Government individuals for sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions on NASA projects, programs, or initiatives.

Joseph Ogonek, Vantage Partners (VPL) employee and Program Director of the GESS-3 contract at the NASA Glenn Research Center, received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on September 24, 2018.  Mr. Ogonek received this medal for his exceptional public service in managing the NASA Glenn Engineering and Science Support (GESS-3) contract for the benefit of NASA Glenn, the Agency, and Ohio.


Pictured above is Joseph Ogonek (center) with David D. McBride, Director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center.

 

June 18, 2018

Back to His Roots for Vantage President & CEO

For the sixth consecutive year Vantage President and CEO Joe Polk and Vantage Systems contributed to  Virginia’s Pittsylvania County School System’s Graduate of Merit (GOM) Program by supporting Polk’s alma mater, Chatham High School in Chatham, Virginia. To fulfill his passion to give back to the community where he received his secondary school education Polk and Vantage Systems sponsors two GOM students each year.

The county’s Graduate of Merit Program is a community partnership which recognizes outstanding high school graduates who exemplify attributes of achievement, proficiency, character and social development demonstrated through commitment to excellence in education. The GOM program is a great school and community partnership that has received acknowledgement from the Governor of Virginia. The students are honored during a public ceremony/banquet attended by parents, sponsors, and school and county officials.

Pictured below are the 2018 Vantage sponsored recipients Destinee Carter and Devin Calloway being presented their awards by Mr. Polk.

August 23, 2017

Vantage Employees recognized by NASA Invention of the Year Awards

Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Life Extension

NASA Glenn Research Center’s Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Life Extension Invention received Honorable Mention for the NASA Invention of the Year.  Invented by Vantage Partners (VPL) employee Dr. Peter Peterson and four of his colleagues, this technology greatly prolongs the operational lifetime of the HET space propulsion engine. The novel design uses magnetic shielding to prevent the ionized xenon plasma that propels the HET from damaging the walls of the ceramic discharge channel where the plasma is accelerated. With this innovation, NASA can take advantage of the energy savings that come from the HET’s solar electric propulsion system (which offers ten times the fuel efficiency of chemical systems) to undertake such ambitious missions as the Journey to Mars.

Please refer to the following link for additional information on the HET Life Extension invention: https://technology.grc.nasa.gov/featurestory/ioy-2017

HET Team: Robert Jankovsky(GRC), David Manzella (GRC), David Jacobson (GRC), and Peter Peterson (VPL). Not pictured: Richard Hofer (JPL)

 

Schottky Diode Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Gas Sensor

Also receiving the NASA Glenn Research Center Invention of the Year Honorable Mention is the Schottky Diode Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Gas Sensor Team.  Their sensor can measure hydrogen and hydrocarbon species with high sensitivity and selectivity, while operating effectively even at very high temperatures (up to 600 degrees C). NASA Glenn innovators Gary Hunter (GRC), Dorothy Lukco (Vantage Partners), and Jennifer Xu (GRC) have combined newly developed silicon carbide (SiC) materials with Schottky diode sensing technology to create a sensor that directly measures the presence of targeted gases, rather than using a combination of pattern recognition and different cross-sensitive sensors. This ability to measure chemical species directly gives the SiC Schottky diode sensor uniquely high sensitivity and selectivity compared to other sensors. Furthermore, the sensor’s minimal power consumption as well as its small size and weight make it easy to implement in existing systems without requiring significant adaptations. All of these advantages make this technology extraordinarily useful, not only for space-related applications such as atmospheric characterization on Venus and the detection of launch pad fuel leaks, but also for more commercial uses such as monitoring cabin air quality aboard aircraft, enhancing industrial sensing systems, and providing real-time methane detection for firefighters and other first responders.

More information is available at Tech Briefs:  http://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/ntb/tech-briefs/physical-sciences/20676

Schottky Diode Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Gas Sensor Team:  Jennifer Xu (GRC), Gary Hunter (GRC), and Dorothy Lukco (VPL).

August 31, 2016

Vantage Employee Receives Prestigious NASA Medal

Vantage employee, Dr. William Wright, received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on August 31, 2016.  Dr. Wright received this medal for his sustained leadership and successful development of the LEWICE2D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code and technology transfer to external organizations.  The LEWICE code is used by NASA, DoD, and industry to enhance aviation safety by predicting ice formation on aircraft surfaces.  The NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose.

Pictured above is Dr. William Wright (center) with Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center and Captain Michael Coats, Retired Director of Johnson Space Center and Former NASA Astronaut.

August 28, 2016

Vantage President Selected as NSBE Aerospace Entrepreneur of the Year

Vantage Systems President & CEO, Joe Polk, has once again been named the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Aerospace Entrepreneur of the Year. Joe was also the 2014 recipient of the award. The award was presented at the NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference (ASC) Celestial Torch Awards Banquet which culminated a 4-day conference held August 24-27, 2016.  The NSBE ASC awards ceremony recognized a number of African America aerospace professionals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields, and who exemplify NSBE’s mission, “To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”  NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, delivered a very inspiring keynote speech to the awardees and all in attendance at the event.

The biennial 4-day conference, held this year at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, is a scientific and technical conference of NSBE Professionals focused on aeronautical and astronautical disciplines.  The ASC is unique in that it is America's only known technical conference focused specifically on dissemination of the scientific and engineering contributions of African American aerospace professionals.  

Pictured above are Vantage President Joe Polk (center) with Dr. Robert Howard (NASA/JSC), NSBE Space Special Interest Group Director, and Anthony Sanders (NASA/GSFC) NSBE ASC 2016 Vice Chairman.

August 12, 2016

GESS-3 Contract – Summer Picnic

Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) held a GESS-3 Contract picnic on Friday, August 12th at the Cleveland MetroParks Chalet.  GESS-3 employees and their families were treated to a cookout meal of grilled chicken, barbecue ribs, roasted potatoes and vegetables, and ice cream sundaes.  Even though the temperature was 90+ degrees outside, picnic guests enjoyed a corn-hole and horseshoe tournament, a hula-hoop contest and a water balloon toss.  Children (and adults) enjoyed an amazing balloon artist and the face painting.  It was a great way to end a work week and start one of the last weekends of summer! A great time was had by all!