to Excellence 2003
NASA New England
Outreach Center Honors Small Business,
Senior Engineer, Foster-Miller, Inc., received the NASA New England
Outreach Center's "Commitment to Excellence" Award at
an awards ceremony culminating NASA's 12th Annual Technology and
Business Conference held in Albany, New York.
Foster-Miller, Inc. was recognized for outstanding subcontractor
support to Northrop Grumman in its contacting role to NASA in meeting
its mission requirements.
commitment to excel in creating working partnerships and providing
a leadership role in aspiring to and encouraging other small businesses
into the mainstream of government contracting and subcontracting
is worthy of recognition.
Foster-Miller led the integration of its Ultrasonic
Tape Lamination (UTL) technology with Automated Fiber Placement.
UTL, initially developed under the Small Business Innovative Research
(SBIR) program, enables on-the-fly consolidation of thermoset composite
tapes. Large composite parts can thus be fabricated without use
of an autoclave, a key cost-saving advantage particularly for the
NASA/Northrop Grumman application of very large cryotanks. “We
are honored to be recognized for implementing this novel technology
which we originated under SBIR funding,” said Foster-Miller
President Dr. William Ribich. “It’s NASA’s commitment
to both ends in funding early stage research and production implementation
that has enabled us to make major advances in composites production.”
The NASA Technology
and Business Annual Conference featured technology and procurement
opportunities, discussions and networking between representatives
from NASA, prime contractors, and small, disadvantaged, minority
and woman-owned businesses. The conference was coordinated by the
NASA Business Outreach Program, NASA's New England Outreach Center
which is managed by the Center for Technology Commercialization,
CTC. CTC is also the Northeast Regional Technology Transfer Center
for NASA, which is one of six such NASA Centers. CTC's primary mission
is to help provide nationwide access to NASA-developed technology
and applications for industry commercialization.
Photo: l to r: John Player, Senior Engineer, Foster-Miller, Inc.,
and Glenn W. Wright, Director, NASA New England Outreach Center.