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Barrios Technology Recognizes Employees at Annual Luncheon

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (Houston, TX) Barrios Technology announced their top employees at the annual awards luncheon. The luncheon, held at Johnson Space Center’s Gilruth Center, recognized employees who were recipients of awards from the 2016 Barrios Employee Awards and Recognition (BEAR) program and honored the top selection or Gold BEAR award recipient. Also honored at the luncheon were those receiving higher education degrees, company service awards, and the corporate Emy Award for community service.

The 2016 Gold BEAR award winner was Enrique (Moe) Moeller who was recognize for his dedication and knowledge in supporting ground qualification testing for the Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) Project. A subject matter expert in aerial delivery operations and military aircraft operations, Moeller continually uses his 20-years of experience to increase the projects capability to perform aerial delivery testing from high-altitudes, an extremely valuable capability needed to collect parachute load data and qualify the Orion capsule parachute system. Moeller built upon an innovative relationship with Holloway Houston Inc.; an outside contractor, offering a testing capability outside the capabilities of on-site labs at Johnson Space Center that resulted in an 85% cost savings to the project while providing critical dampening data needed to validate the analysis team simulation mode.

The Emy Award recognizes an employee who contributed beyond the workplace in service to the community. Barrios selected two employees, Robert Hester and Monique Smith, to be recognized with the 2016 Emy Award.

Robert Hester was honored for his extended service with the Cub Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, the League City Intermediate School (LCIS) Robotics Team as well as the CCISD FIRST Robotics Competition Team 118. Hester’s 11 years of service with scouting has included serving on Pack Committees, Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scout Master, Merit Badge Counselor and was the Charter Org Representative. He has also been recognized by 10 Eagle Scouts that account for Hester’s assistance in gaining that prestigious rank.

Hester’s volunteer activities go beyond scouting to mentoring LCIS students ranging from the sixth to eighth grade in robotics and concepts of system engineering. In 2015, Hester expanded his support to become the assistant mentor for CCISD FIRST Robotics Competition Team 118. The highly successful team has won 14 of 15 events in regional competition and qualified for world championships with over 40 countries represented. In 2015, the team won the FRC World Championship and then followed this accomplishment by winning the inaugural Texas State Championship in 2016.

Monique Smith was honored for her more than 20 years of volunteer efforts with the Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (GCAC). This organization serves the Clear Lake/Galveston area. One of the programs that Smith is most proud of is the Financial Education Boot Camp which is on its sixth year. GCAC works to ensure that women have a real voice in their financial welfare so that they can participate equally in public dialogue, decision-making and influence the decisions that determine the future of their families and our country. Through this program, the organization works to empower women to reach their full financial potential by being equipped with core financial literacy concepts such as banking, investing, budgeting and credit management.

Smith has held many positions on the executive board for GCAC over the years such as Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Parliamentarian, Technology Chair, and currently, Treasurer.

Education achievement awards as well as company service awards were also presented at the luncheon.

Barrios Technology recognized 24 employees with service awards at the annual luncheon. Employees with 5, 10 and 20 years of service were recognized for their dedication to Barrios and their commitment fulfilling the company’s mission to be “the foremost small aerospace engineering services company providing extraordinary value to our customers, employees, and communities.”

Eight employees received 5-year pins. These employees support Barrios across a number of contracts supporting NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program, Commercial Space, and Barrios’ work at Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

There were seven 10-year service award recipients, five 15-year, and four 20-year service award honorees. Each employee was presented a custom designed Barrios service pin by President and CEO Sandy Johnson.

One education award was presented: Joe Settles was recognized for completing his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from University of Houston.

Enrique (Moe) Moeller was presented the 2016 Gold BEAR Award. Pictured from left: Eric Heddles, Barrios Project Manager JETS; Moeller, Sandy Johnson, Barrios Technology CEO; and Robbie McAfoos, Barrios Technology President.

Robert Hester was presented a 2016 Emy Award. Pictured from left: Eric Heddles, Barrios Project Manager JETS; Hester, Sandy Johnson, Barrios Technology CEO; and Robbie McAfoos, Barrios Technology President.

Barrios CEO Sandy Johnson (pictured on right) presented Monique Smith with the 2016 Emy Award.

About Us: Headquartered in Houston, Barrios Technology is a woman-owned AS9100 certified engineering services company founded in aerospace and providing systems engineering & science, program planning & control, mission integration & operations, and software engineering & integration to a broad range of customers. Since 1980, Barrios has demonstrated their corporate mission to be the foremost small engineering services company providing extraordinary value to our customers, employees and communities. For more information on Barrios Technology, please call 281-280-1900 or visit

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