UNLV has received a Small Business Subcontractor Excellence Award as well as a NASA Mentor-Protégé Program Participation Award from NASA. Additionally, UNLV was nominated by Teledyne Brown Engineering as the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year for FY2016 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
The awards and nomination stem from the collaborative NASA Mentor-Protégé Program—the first of its kind between an MSFC prime contractor and a minority-serving institution (MSI)—that was entered into by UNLV, NASA, and NASA large prime contractor Teledyne Brown Engineering in 2015. The program provided two UNLV students and a postdoctoral candidate with the opportunity to work with NASA and Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama, on multimedia training development for International Space Station Payload Ground Support Personnel and Payload Developers on the Mission Operations & Integration (MO&I) contract. Upon graduation, one of the students joined the MO&I team to continue this exciting work.
“UNLV is committed to building strong collaborations with partners like NASA and Teledyne Brown Engineering, who share our same dedication to providing students with real-world opportunities as part of their education,” said Zach Miles, UNLV’s associate vice president for economic development. “We are honored to have received these awards from NASA and nomination from Teledyne Brown, and we look forward to growing these relationships.”
UNLV was formally recognized by NASA during the Marshall Small Business Alliance Meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, on September 22, 2016.