Barrios Technology, Inc. and Johnson Engineering Corporation were recently selected as Johnson Space Center’s 1998 Small Business Contractor of the Year by the center Director George W. S. Abbey. The distinguished awards were presented by Mr. Jim Shannon, Director, Business Management, NASA/JSC to Sandy Johnson, President of Barrios Technology and to Tom Short, President of Johnson Engineering at the Government Procurement Connection ’98 awards and appreciation luncheon held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Barrios was selected for their outstanding effort in providing Information Systems Analysis and Integration Support to the International Space Station (ISS). Barrios is responsible for developing and sustaining an electronic information system to provide ISS users with access to technical and management program data. Tasks include database development, applications development, systems operations, and technical planning. Barrios Technology currently employs 300 personnel providing information technology, space operations, training, and configuration/change management services to NASA, the Department of Defense, and the contractor community, as well as the commercial sector. Johnson Engineering Corporation was selected for the company’s outstanding effort in providing Flight Crew Systems support to multiple programs, including the Space Shuttle Program and the Space Station Program.
The Johnson Engineering Prime Contract includes design, development, and fabrication of mockups and trainers used for astronaut training in the Mockup and Integration Laboratory (MAIL) at the Johnson Space Center and in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the Sonny Carter Test Facility. Other Johnson Engineering responsibilities under this contract include facility operations and sustaining engineering in the MAIL and the NBL; the development and provisioning of flight crew equipment; crew station stowage design and payload integration, human systems engineering; and configuration management support. Johnson Engineering has been privileged to work as a contractor to the Johnson Space Center since 1974 starting with a habitability study for Skylab, which led to involvement and support for stowage design and payload integration on every manned mission since the first flight of the Shuttle in 1978. The Government Procurement Connection has evolved into a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal government entities. This unique event marks an exciting new day in inter-governmental cooperation and information accessibility regarding government contracting opportunities. Guests speakers at the luncheon included Houston Mayor Lee Brown, Master of Ceremonies Bill Balleza, News Anchor from Channel 2, and keynote speaker Dr. Julian Earls, Deputy Director for Operations, NASA/Lewis Research Center.
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