Press Release

NASA Honors Minority Contractors

By SpaceRef Editor
September 14, 2004
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Three firms were honored at NASA’s 13th Annual Minority
Business and Advocates Awards ceremony in Washington.

NASA named Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) as
Minority Contractor of the Year. Crewstone Technologies was
named Minority Subcontractor of the Year. Cimarron, Inc. was
named the Women Owned Business of the Year.

NASA also recognized outstanding advocates within the agency
for their contributions and innovative approaches to using
minority and women owned businesses. These NASA’s Exceptional
Achievement Medals were given in three categories, Technical,
Procurement, and Small Business.

The winner in the Technical category was Joseph Conley, from
NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. (ARC). In
Procurement, Carlos Torres also from ARC was recognized. In
the Small Business category, Mary Helen Ruiz of NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. was recognized.

Winners of the NASA Office of Small and Disadvantaged
Business Utilization (OSDBU) Special Recognition Awards for
lifetime achievement or a single outstanding act were:
The Minority Business and Professionals Network, Innovative
Technologies, Inc., and Frontier Electronic Systems.

NASA Headquarters and four NASA field centers were recognized
for meeting or exceeding all negotiated socio-economic small
business goals. The Glenn Research Center, Cleveland;
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; and Langley
Research Center, Hampton, Va. were recognized. For
information and list of winners on the Web, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.