Barrios Technology Presents Recognition Awards

BARRIOS TECHNOLOGY (Houston, TX): Barrios Technology recently presented employees with Silver BEAR (Barrios Employee Award and Recognition) awards. Recipients were recognized for their outstanding performance and dedication in supporting Barrios’ contracts with NASA’s Human Space Flight Program. Employees recognized included Michelle Anderson, Grant Betz, Lewis Croog, Alison Ferrante, Carlos Gomez, Rosalinde Henderson, Abe Hudson, Jesse Hudson, Yousif Mawlud, Erick Santos, Abby Sherriff, Henry Suthon, Irvin Trevino, and Julia Voltz.


Michelle Anderson, Alison Ferrante, and Abe Hudson were recently recognized with the Silver BEAR award for their dedication and efforts in developing a single timesheet timekeeping system that meets the JSC Engineering, Technology and Science (JETS) reporting requirements and Barrios Technology payroll compliance. The consolidated timesheet process improvement saves approximately 2,900 hours and $143 thousand per year. The team’s research, planning, and development enabled more than 113 Barrios employees on the JETS contract to stop maintaining timesheets in two separate systems with different rules and submission schedules for the first time in 16 years. Anderson and Ferrante utilized their longstanding relationships with Jacobs and their knowledge of the processes being impacted. Hudson’s Visual Basic skills were crucial for the automation of the data transfer from one system to another, ensuring import/export accuracy in the both systems. The JETS/Jacobs contract has recognized this as one of their 2020 highlights as they continue to work to bring all teammates on the JETS/JAMIS (Job-cost Accounting Management Information System) timekeeping system.


Grant Betz was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his assistance in providing Gateway cost estimates during the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) 23 annual budget and planning exercise. Betz’s work on the PPBE 23 estimates took place during a time of frenzied activity for the Gateway team as the program. The Gateway Vehicle Systems Integration customer was impressed with how Betz used Northrop Grumman and International Space Station (ISS) data to support cost estimates. He used early reliability data from Northrop Grumman and supplemented that with data from equivalent ISS systems where applicable and created a list of equipment that was most likely to require replacement early in the Gateway program. The customer was very surprised by the level of detail this early in the Gateway program.


Jesse Hudson was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for his innovative efforts that enabled the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) Facilities and Test Department (FTD) to provide exemplary support to NASA and contractual customers. Using his in-depth knowledge of business analytics and administrative processes, Hudson took on multiple lead responsibilities including establishing and tracking FTD metrics for senior staff, estimating Statement of Work (SOW) deliverables, managing the FTD SharePoint sites, and tracking FTD innovation initiatives. He also organized and implemented the use of Staffmap, a facility management program, which is estimated to provide JETS with a Return on Investment (ROI) of nearly $30 thousand annually. Hudson was awarded the JETS 2020 Support Staff Excellence Award for his sustained superior performance to his department even during the pandemic and teleworking environment.


The seven-member JSL Team was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for their above and beyond support of the International Space Station (ISS) Joint Station Local Area Network (LAN) (JSL). The Barrios members of the JSL Team are Lewis Croog, Carlos Gomez, Rosalinde Henderson, Yousif Mawlud, Erick Santos, Henry Suthon, and Irvin Trevino. This team recently rolled out the new JSL Payload Process that is directly supporting NASA's goal of utilizing JSL bandwith resources more efficiently. Space Station data downlinks is a finite resource that must be shared amongst all users, which includes payloads, regular health and safety data, vehicle data, etc., so it is vital to precisely know what each payload hardware needs in order to accomplish the science research. The JSL Data Rate Analysis (DRA) reviewers are able to clearly see the baseline, proposed and requested rates, against the actual test results, allowing Flight Controllers at the Marshall Space Flight Center to have confidence in the JSL DRA proposed rates for them to use in their planning products.


Abby Sherriff was recently recognized with the Silver BEAR award for the development of the Requirement Verification System (RVS), a new solution for tracking CST-100 Test and Verification (T&V) events. Replacing multiple spreadsheets, the RVS provides a real-time solution for collaboration and tracking Verification Closure Notice (VCN) metrics. The RVS automations save time each week previously spent performing administrative tasks, such as generating weekly chart packages and maintaining a large spreadsheet. Sherriff initiated, led and developed the RVS following good systems engineering practices with major buy-in from the NASA customer. The RVS Phase 1 replaced the use of the Human Space Flight Technical Integration Contract (HSFTIC) T&V spreadsheet and weekly metrics package status charts for CST-100 providing NASA the same status but now updated in real-time. The initial estimate of time-savings for the team is approximately six hours per week with more savings expected with future Phase two and three upgrades.


Julia Voltz was recently recognized with a Silver BEAR award for her efforts in creating three excel tools to streamline processes and save time for the Research Increment Team. Voltz took a critical look at the processes and generated an innovative solution for outdated tools. Her understanding of the Research Integration Team deliverables and her vast knowledge of Excel Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) coding enabled her to develop three critical software tools for the team. Voltz created instructions for each tool, with easy to follow, step by step guidance on the purpose and execution of the tools. Her above and beyond work will pay in dividends for future team members as well.


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.


Here are a few pictures of our award recipients. Pictured L to R : 1st Row: Michelle Anderson, Rosalinde Henderson, Julia Voltz. 2nd Row: Alison Ferrante, Erick Santos, Irvin Trevino. 3rd Row: Abby Sherriff.




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Headquartered in Houston, TX, with an additional office in Huntsville, AL, Barrios Technology is a woman owned AS9100 certified engineering services company specializing in mission integration and operations, software engineering, systems engineering, and program management. Since 1980, Barrios has demonstrated their purpose of passionately advancing humanity, on and off the planet, with innovative technology integration solutions. For more information on Barrios Technology visit www.barrios.com.


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