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September 4, 2019

Vantage Employees Receive Awards during NASA Agency and Center Awards Ceremony

During the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) 2019 Agency and Center Awards Ceremony Vantage employee, Michael Cuy, received the prestigious NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal Award. Mr. Cuy received the award for outstanding public service as lead engineer for the NASA GRC Burner Rig Facility, resulting in significant advancements in high temperature turbine engine materials. 

Vantage employees also garnered a number of Group Achievement awards including:

Silver Achievement Medal - Group:

(1)   Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) Team: Aaron Thompson

(2)   Multifunctional Structures for High Energy Lightweight Load Bearing Storage (M-SHELLS) Team: Daniel Gorican

Group Achievement Award:

(1)   Zero Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) Experiment Team: Anthony Bruzas, Michael Mackin, Paul McMasters

(2)   Integrated Cryogenically Cooled Experiment Box Team: Eric Carlberg, David Hervol

(3)   Orion ESM PQM Test Team: Donald Butler

(4)   12.5-kW Hall Thruster Technology Development Test Team: Arthur Birchenough, Scott Hall, Ahmad Hammoud, James Myers

September 4, 2019

Vantage Presented NASA GRC SB Prime Contractor of the Year Award

The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) 2019 Agency and Center Awards Ceremony was held on September 4, 2019.  During the ceremony Vantage Partners, LLC was presented its award for GRC 2018 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The award was accepted by Vantage Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Ahan. The award was presented by GRC Center Director Dr. Janet Kavandi and NASA Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Dennis Andrucyk. Mr. Andrucyk was the guest speaker for the event. Vantage was also the 2014 receipient of this award.

April 1, 2019

Vantage Sponsors FIRST Robotics Buckeye Regional Event

Vantage was a proud sponsor of the FIRST Buckeye Regional High School Robotics competition held March 28 – 30, 2019 at Cleveland State University.

FIRST ( is a competitive-based education program where students design, build, program, and compete as a team using robots to solve a new challenge every year. This year’s robotics competition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon with a space-themed robotics challenge named “Destination: Deep Space”.High school students apply what they learn in school in a challenging team effort. Skills employed include math, science, engineering, business and project management, art, video, industrial sciences, and every creative muscle they have. The culmination of a six- week design/build/test season is participation in one of the FIRST Regional Competitions. 


Vantage employees (pictured below from left to right)
Jerry Szpak, Phil Ugorowski, Malcolm Robbie, Joe Ogonek, and Joel Chaney participated as judges in support of the FIRST event.

December 17, 2018

Vantage Employees Receive NASA Silver Snoopy Award

The NASA Silver Snoopy Award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. Vantage employees William Maul and Paul McMasters were recipients of the award for 2018.

William Maul received the Award for supporting the development of cutting-edge systems health management technologies for launch vehicle systems and subsystems as an onsite contractor at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC).  Mr. Maul is a highly regarded subject matter expert in the development of Functional Fault Models (FFMs) and is applying his FMM expertise as the technical lead for development of the Integrated Vehicle Failure Model (IVFM), an FFM for the Space Launch System (SLS).  He leads a cross-Agency team responsible for developing the IVFM and using it to analyze the design of SLS mission and fault management capabilities.

Paul McMasters received the Award for providing significant project impact and excellent scheduling leadership in many International Space Station (ISS) research projects over the years.  In his support of the ISS Research Project, he has created the facility utilization schedules that are used to plan ISS operations in the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR).  He maintains project schedules for up to 10 different projects and provides the roll up to NASA Headquarters.  His outstanding insight helps lower the project’s schedule risks and allows time-saving options to be presented to the project’s management.


Maul (1st Photo) and McMasters (2nd photo)  are pictured below receiving their awards from Astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker and NASA GRC Center Director Dr. Janet Kavandi.


November 15, 2018

Vantage Employees Receive NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

The NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose. This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to non-Government individuals for sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions on NASA projects, programs, or initiatives.

Joseph Ogonek, Vantage Partners (VPL) employee and Program Director of the GESS-3 contract at the NASA Glenn Research Center, received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on September 24, 2018.  Mr. Ogonek received this medal for his exceptional public service in managing the NASA Glenn Engineering and Science Support (GESS-3) contract for the benefit of NASA Glenn, the Agency, and Ohio.

Pictured above is Joseph Ogonek (center) with David D. McBride, Director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center.


Douglas Doza, Vantage Partners employee, also received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on September 24, 2018.  Mr. Doza received this medal for exceptional public service managing the specialized materials laboratory resulting in significant advancements that have led to improvements of NASA deliverables.

Pictured above is Douglas Doza (center) with David D. McBride, Director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center.


In addition to those receiving the Exceptional Public Service Medals, Vantage Partners was extremely well represented at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on September 24th by the following employees:

Silver Achievement Group Medals

Magnetic Materials Development Team

Grant E. Feichter

Joseph Huth

Vladimir Keylin


SCaN Testbed Experiments and Operations Team

Neil S. Adams

David E. Brooks

Marilyn D. Groff

Nicholas S. Tollis


Solar Electric Propulsion Testbed Team

Arthur G. Birchenough

Ryan A. Crawford

Lawrence G. Edwards

Wesley A. Miller

Paul A. Newman

Richard T. Powis

David H. Sicking

Laura C. Spayd

Gregory S. Tollis


Turbulent Heat Flux (THX) Test and Analysis Team

David S. Hervol

Randy J. Locke

John J. Mayer

Kathleen J. Sukel



Group Achievement Awards

Combustion Science Team

Michael D. Cuy

Douglas O. Doza


DGEN380 Aeropropulsion Research Turbofan Team

James L. Buckley

Raymond L. Kaliszewski


Kilopower Project Team

Nissim Lugasy

James L. Sanzi


NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) Team

Ying C. Cha

Curisha M. Drafton

Lawrence A. Kren

Scott R. Lawyer

John P. McLaughlin

Scott L. Metzger

Harry H. Olar

Malcolm G. Robbie

Greeta J. Thaikattil

Maciej G. Zborowski


Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) Team

Vincent R. Graziano

Kraig J. Hartley

Paul R. Lesiak


Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Team

Timothy A. Beach

Paul W. Giel

Mary J. Moran



Center Honor Awards

Safety Award

Aerospace Communications Facility (ACF) Hazards Analysis Team

Kevin M. Lambert