Barrios Recognizes Employees with Quarterly Performance Awards

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (Houston, TX): Barrios Technology recently presented employees with Silver BEAR (Barrios Employee Award and Recognition) awards. Each recipient was commended for their high level of expertise and outstanding performance supporting Barrios’ contracts with NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Program, the Commercial Crew Program, and Barrios’ work in the oil and gas business sector. Employees recognized included Heather Burchfield, Robbin Cagle, Jon Cummings, and Barbara Lewis.

Heather Burchfield was presented a Silver BEAR Award for her outstanding performance on the BP Systems Requirements team, Global Wells Organization (GWO); Process Safety Monitor Response team, Gulf of Mexico (GoM); and the Document Review Project team, GoM. Her professionalism, keen eye for processes, and enthusiasm on the Systems Requirements team made her the ideal candidate for the Process Safety Monitor Response team.

As a member of the Document Review Project team, Burchfield took the lead in drafting the content for a full revision of the GWO GoM Document Management Procedure. She played a key role in reducing the number of deliverables, while increasing the quality of documents through a systematic review and implementation process.

Burchfield has been recognized by the customer for her consistency and reliability. The BP Team Leader for the Process Safety Monitor Team, Jon Burrows stated “I depend on Heather’s delivery and she never lets me down.” Burchfield consistently exceeds expectations as she is able to effectively multi-task, while maintaining schedules. She pays strong attention to detail, which is exactly what is needed in the review and development of region-wide documents. She has the ability to complete tasks above and beyond what is necessary with high quality, resulting in minimal to no rework.

The BP Process Safety Monitor Response Team specifically requested Burchfield’s support for the BP GoM Plea Agreement given her extensive job knowledge, demonstrated good judgment, and professionalism. Her application of her broad knowledge of and experience with BP’s document architecture, technical writing, and information management processes proved valuable in delivering this key project.

Robbin Cagle was presented with a Silver BEAR award for her exceptional contribution to the success of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser Cargo System (DCCS) design and development activities. Cagle was recognized for her willingness to support Barrios strategic goals by accepting a new position and making a seamless transition to a new contract while continuing to provide outstanding customer service and systems engineering technical expertise. Cagle’s dependability and her quality and quantity of work have been recognized and valued.

Cagle was instrumental in the successful completion of a major SNC Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract milestone. She worked efficiently and effectively to assist in the development of several contract deliverables required for Preliminary Design Review (Integration Review 3). Her support was recognized in the SNC contract quarterly evaluation provided to Barrios by SNC. SNC stated the following in their evaluation, “The help for coordination of IR3 products was invaluable, and contributed to our successful completion of that milestone. The logistics of working RIDs, ICD updates, JIVTP updates has been exemplary, and the support is timely, thorough, and positive/friendly – we really appreciate all that Robbin brings to this effort.”

Cagle demonstrated her commitment to innovation by developing several programmatic wiki pages that provide critical information to SNC personnel on the status of internal as well as ISS programmatic boards and panels, status of SNC exception requests submitted to NASA, and general information on the structure of the ISS program. She operates at a high level of performance often managing multiple tasks and products. Cagle is efficient and effective at meeting deadlines and her commitment to quality ensures that the products she submits to the customer require little to no rework.

Jon Cummings was presented with a Silver BEAR award for this significant contributions to the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) Contract Flight Software team. Cummings’ knowledge and attention to detail led to the development of software updates that support both Flight Management System and System Management System Computer Software Configuration items.

Cummings develop an improved method of aggregating and summarizing the content of large log files associated with Avionics System Integration Laboratory (ASIL) software runs. He developed log analyzer scripts extensively used to determine proper runtime behavior with Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft Flight Software (FSW). This has saved FSW developer’s hours of troubleshooting and reduced the need for excessive lab runs.

Cummings’ comprehensive understanding of the development and testing environments make him a “GO-to” person for questions regarding many aspects of the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) software. He is a source for help in trouble-shooting many of the problems encountered during the coding, unit testing, integration testing and regression testing of the vehicle software.

Barbara Lewis was presented a Silver BEAR Award for her leadership and hard work in bringing forward a new approach to science-based communications outreach for the ISS Program Science Office and overall Space Station message. She successfully navigated through the challenge of updating the way ISS Research is communicated based on the way the world of communication is evolving. Utilizing her broad communications and outreach background, she has targeted new opportunities, events, and products for the ISS Research Outreach message, which is achieving the goal of building excitement for science and creating educational opportunities.

Lewis has used her expertise to analyze the target audience for each event to ensure that the message and materials are appropriate to the audience. This new approach has allowed for the reach of a more diverse audience. This approach shows NASA and MAPI the bigger picture of our overall communications goals and requirements, and how we could best employ MAPI and NASA Outreach resources. This plan outlined how to reach a more diverse audience as well as efficiently using opportunities to reduce outreach cost by using existing NASA or ISS booths/materials at conferences. An example of this was proven at the Annual Space Exploration Educator Conference (SEEC), held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Space Center Houston (SCH), where she combined the NASA and CASIS booths which was well received by the customer and conference attendees.

Lewis has built strong relationships across the multiple outreach departments to incorporate existing resources and materials for events to help reduce or defray the cost of these events. She employs her sound judgement when focusing on what the audience of each event needs.

Through her leadership, Lewis is bringing the ISS message of Science, Technology and Engineering to new audiences with broader diversity and reach than ever before.

The Barrios Employee Awards and Recognition or BEAR Award recognizes quality performance and outstanding support of customer and company goals. Up to one percent of the current number of employees can receive the Silver Award each quarter. Silver award winners automatically qualify for the annual Gold award which is presented at an annual awards and recognition reception.

Heather Burchfield was presented with a Silver BEAR award. Pictured from left: Robbie McAfoos, President, Barrios Technology; Rachel Sliger (nominator); Burchfield; and Jeff Cline, Director Project Management, Barrios Technology.

Robbin Cagle was presented a Silver BEAR award. Pictured from left: Jeff Cline, Director Project Management, Barrios Technology; Sandy Johnson, CEO, Barrios Technology; Cagle; Robbie McAfoos, President, Barrios Technology; and Joe Aldape, SNC Systems Engineering & Integration Manager, Barrios Technology.

Jon Cummings was presented with a Silver BEAR award. Pictured from left: Robbie McAfoos, President, Barrios Technology; Jose Escobedo (nominator); Cummings; and Denise Skyles, Barrios BETS Project Manager.

Barbara Lewis was presented with a Silver BEAR award. Pictured from left: Robbie McAfoos, President, Barrios Technology; Mary Lins, Barrios Technology (nominator); Lewis; Susan Mayo, Barrios Technology (nominator); Kelly Page, MAPI Mission Analysis and Integration Manager, Barrios Technology; and Sergio Lucero, MAPI Supervisor, Barrios Technology.

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