UNLV Wins a NASA Fiscal Year 2016 Small Business Industry Award

Mar. 14, 2017

NASA announced the winners of its Fiscal Year 2016 Small Business Industry Awards at its Washington headquarters on Feb. 28, 2017, naming UNLV and Teledyne Brown Engineering as the winner of the Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year award for their partnership.

UNLV placed students in the NASA mentor-protégé program following a signed agreement in 2015 with Teledyne Brown Engineering, a U.S. government space and defense contractor. The 12-month workplace experience was the first between a Marshall Space Flight Center prime contractor and a minority-serving institution (UNLV).Through this agreement, students from the College of Engineering, College of Education and College of Fine Arts participated in developing multi-media training for International Space Station Payload Ground Support Personnel and Payload Developers.

Although the program originally called for only computer science students, UNLV created a unique, interdisciplinary model to ensure the success of the team and project. This included incorporating a graphic design student and an education postdoctoral student, who is overseeing the project and efficacy of the training modules, onto the team. The postdoc is based on-site allowing for constant face-to-face interaction with the client while the other students are able to work remotely enabling them to continue their studies and reducing project cost. This innovative solution was so successful that Teledyne Brown offered jobs to both initial computer science and graphic design students and is broadening the postdoc student’s role.

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) and previously received a Small Business Subcontractor Excellence Award as well as a NASA Mentor-Protégé Program Participation Award from NASA. 

For more information on NASA's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and the Small Business Industry Awards, see https://osbp.nasa.gov/award-industry-winners.html.