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August 31, 2016

Vantage Employee Receives Prestigious NASA Medal

Vantage employee, Dr. William Wright, received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on August 31, 2016.  Dr. Wright received this medal for his sustained leadership and successful development of the LEWICE2D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code and technology transfer to external organizations.  The LEWICE code is used by NASA, DoD, and industry to enhance aviation safety by predicting ice formation on aircraft surfaces.  The NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose.


Pictured above is Dr. William Wright (center) with Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center and Captain Michael Coats, Retired Director of Johnson Space Center and Former NASA Astronaut.

August 28, 2016

Vantage President Selected as NSBE Aerospace Entrepreneur of the Year

Vantage employee, Dr. William Wright, received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal at the NASA Honors Awards Ceremony on August 31, 2016.  Dr. Wright received this medal for his sustained leadership and successful development of the LEWICE2D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code and technology transfer to external organizations.  The LEWICE code is used by NASA, DoD, and industry to enhance aviation safety by predicting ice formation on aircraft surfaces.  The NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose.


Pictured above are Vantage President Joe Polk (center) with Dr. Robert Howard (NASA/JSC), NSBE Space Special Interest Group Director, and Anthony Sanders (NASA/GSFC) NSBE ASC 2016 Vice Chairman.

August 12, 2016

GESS-3 Contract – Summer Picnic

Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) held a GESS-3 Contract picnic on Friday, August 12th at the Cleveland MetroParks Chalet.  GESS-3 employees and their families were treated to a cookout meal of grilled chicken, barbecue ribs, roasted potatoes and vegetables, and ice cream sundaes.  Even though the temperature was 90+ degrees outside, picnic guests enjoyed a corn-hole and horseshoe tournament, a hula-hoop contest and a water balloon toss.  Children (and adults) enjoyed an amazing balloon artist and the face painting.  It was a great way to end a work week and start one of the last weekends of summer! A great time was had by all!

   

   

   

   

June 17, 2016

GESS-3 Contract - NASA Silver Snoopy Award Winners

Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) congratulates GESS-3 and Vantage employees Liz Gray and Ross Miller for receiving the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award. In recognition of their outstanding contributions to NASA’s mission success they were presented with the Silver Snoopy Award by Astronaut Doug Wheelock at a ceremony at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) on May 16th.


Pictured: Left to Right – Dr. Lynn A. Capadona (nominator), Chief, GRC Science and Space Technology Systems Branch; Liz Gray; and Ross Miller. 

Liz received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with the International Space Station (ISS) Program.  For constant innovation in working with the ISS Program to streamline processes for payload requirements and verifications that minimized project complexity and risk, and for redefining the common launch Interface Requirements Document approach for launch vehicle specific ISS payloads.

Ross received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with Orbital ATK and the Cygnus vehicle.  For innovative excellence in defining custom interfaces, creating new integration processes for International Space Station (ISS) payloads into Cygnus, and developing a one-of-a-kind ground test demonstration to reduce project and program risk.

We also acknowledge prior GESS-3 Silver Snoopy award winners Shane Showers (Vantage, 2013), Dwayne Kiefer (Vantage, 2013), Chris Fulton (ZIN, 2014), and Eric Baker (Connecticut Reserve Technologies, 2013).
The 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. Fewer than one percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.

More info regarding the award:  https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/sfa/aac/silver-snoopy-award

More info regarding SFS:  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1761.html

February 2, 2016

Vantage Spreads Post-Holiday Cheer and Goodwill

Vantage Partners (VPL) held its post-holiday party on Saturday evening, January 30th in the ballroom at the Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted, OH.  GESS-3 employees and their guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and a casino-themed evening with play money used to gamble at blackjack tables, craps tables and roulette wheels.  Attendees had the opportunity to win numerous gift baskets including a super-bowl party kit. There was also a caricature artist drawing portraits of the employees/guests throughout the evening. A great time was had by all.

In addition to the party festivities, non-perishable food items were collected to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.  GESS-3 employees generously donated over 617 pounds of items which Beth Arent (and her husband Tim) personally delivered to the Food Bank!  A 50/50 raffle was also held with proceeds going to the Cleveland Food Bank in the form of a monetary donation.

In December GESS-3 employees also participated in a Clothing Drive (organized by GESS-3 employee Alan Richard of ZIN Technologies) to benefit the Cleveland City Mission.  Donations completely filled the back of Mike Senchak’s truck with clothing donated from our employees.  VPL also contacted the Toys For Tots donation coordinator at NASA GRC and had a Toys-for-Tots donation box placed in our facility.  Once again, GESS-3 employees were extremely generous with their donations and we delivered an overflowing box of toys to NASA which was then given to the Toys-for-Tots program.