Barrios Recognizes 3rd Quarter BEAR Award Winners

BARRIOS TECHNOLOGY (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 Human Space Flight Program. Employees recognized included Ed Alper, Ohad Newton, Jarrett Quasny, William Robles, and Mike Stevens.

Ed Alper was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his dedication in support of late changes to the 76 Progress manifest and to facilitate approval of items that were to help with benzene detection on the Space Station. The changes to the 76P manifest were completely off-nominal in several aspects: hardware was identified late to address an on-orbit need; some hardware had orientation and size constraints; some hardware had radiation sources; and all the hardware transportation was complicated due to Covid-19. During the 76P coordination, Alper worked tirelessly with his Russian counterparts to determine if there were creative ways to get the Air Quality Monitor hardware, which had radiation sources, into Moscow. Alper coordinated all of these efforts to his fullest extent possible and achieved the goal of successfully getting most of the desired hardware launched on 76P to meet a major Space Station Program goal of detecting on-orbit benzene levels.

Ohad Newton was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his service as Lead Engineer on Time of Validity (TOV) engineering change request, a complex and time critical activity connected to the Space Launch System (SLS) which will launch the Orion spacecraft transporting humans to the Moon and returning them safely to Earth. Newton developed strong working relationships with the engineering and operations teams across NASA centers and Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) software development. The work he is leading to automate adjustments to telemetry measurement data time-tags will be used for all SLS and Orion vehicles, contributing to the Artemis missions and return to the Moon. “Mr Newton did an excellent job on the Time of Validity (TOV) project, especially with regard to resolving multiple stakeholder views on complex requirements,” commented Colsa System Engineering Manager Dr. Melissa Garber.

Jarrett Quasny was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his leadership in planning and executing the Gateway System Design Review (SDR) Informed Sync Review that was conducted in late June, 2020. The Gateway Program Planning & Control office (PP&C) had the responsibility for planning and executing the SDR-Informed Sync Review but needed the contractor’s assistance due to the extremely high workload in that organization. This review was a crucial step in the lifecycle of the Gateway program and in preparation for the Key Decision Point (KDP) Zero review at NASA Headquarters. Quasny stepped into this role nine months prior to the review with no prior experience in lifecycle review planning. He not only successfully planned and executed the review, but did so in a virtual, teleworking environment. This review was the first NASA program lifecycle review ever conducted virtually and may end up becoming a standard for future program reviews.

William Robles was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his dedication and above and beyond efforts many projects, including with his work in keeping ISS contract employees productive during mandatory telework. Robles was instrumental in making sure that loaner laptop equipment requests were managed and provided countless hours of customer support to users new to the teleworking environment. Robles is also a Microsoft Teams expert and has been supporting Meeting Support and other teams outside of his own as they have had to transition to all online meetings. Displaying strong technical and interpersonal skills in providing user support, Robles consistently receives positive feedback from users. During mandatory telework, he has been quick to assist users and save them time from having to go through the Enterprise Service Desk. He has continued to meet people onsite to help them get the resources they need and remotely step them through how to set up the equipment.

Mike Stevens was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his instrumental ideas and work revolutionizing NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Selection (ASCAN) application process. From collaborating on the design of an electronic filing system which enables Astronauts to review application files from anywhere, to building the infrastructure to collect applicant references electronically, Stevens brought creativity, dedication, and precision to the team and program. His contribution was critical in modernizing and revolutionizing the process of selecting astronaut candidates, eliminating the paper-based process previously followed by NASA. Stevens was a team developer and primary database developer for ASCAN. He designed and implemented the database system enabling interconnectivity, a significant benefit in allowing NASA to collect and review astronaut applications electronically. Averaging 16,000 applications per selection cycle, the transition to electronic reviews enables NASA to process 66 percent more applications during a selection cycle.

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.

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