news - 2015
November 20, 2015—SSAI Featured in the Washington Business Journal
Washington Business Journal reporter James Bach met with Anoop Mehta and Om Bahethi as a follow-up to an event promoting Prince George’s County economic development, which had featured SSAI. He wanted to learn more about the company’s founding and growth, and they recounted SSAI’s history of starting as a one-person operation in 1977 and its development through numerous successful contracts, particularly those based at NASA GSFC.
The subsequent article portrayed SSAI as a model of an organization that achieved success in the county’s business environment, as well as an exemplary practitioner of good corporate citizenship through support for local schools, other community involvement, and care for employees. As Prince George’s County seeks to attract more businesses, it points to SSAI to demonstrate what can be achieved through hard work and the opportunities available within the county’s federal contracting community.
November 13, 2015—SSAI Completes Successful Contract Transitions
SSAI was a member of the winning team on two recently awarded contracts, and completed successful transitions of incumbent personnel to SSAI subcontracts.
The Langley Information Technology Enhanced Services (LITES) II contract provides system administration and application development support to all of NASA Langley’s directorates, as well as support for the Research Directorate’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) research into air traffic management at congested airports. As a subcontractor to SAIC, SSAI provides system administration support to the Research Directorate’s Nondestructive Evaluation Services Branch, the Engineering Directorate, and Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Central Storage System. SSAI also provides software engineering support for the NextGen project. SSAI managers interviewed incumbent staff and NASA customers to determine the best fit of skills and requirements, and were even able to accommodate an unexpected decision to move all employees on-site to Langley.
SSAI is a subcontractor to Jacobs on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Laboratory Support (RLS) contract, based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. The contract supports the U.S. Office of Research and Development Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory, the Decontamination and Consequence Management Division of the National Homeland Security Research Center, the Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division of the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), and the Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division of NERL. SSAI employees are involved in activities that test decontamination effectiveness, demonstrate community-based air quality monitoring, and investigate chemical processes to control toxic compounds.
July 29 & August 3, 2015—SSAI Awards Employee Dependent Scholarships
On July 29 and August 3, SSAI held ceremonies in Lanham and Hampton to present the SSAI Employee Dependent Scholarships to this year’s awardees. 31 students received more than $44,000 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program started in 1996, and more than 380 recipients have been awarded nearly $700,000 since its inception. “We are particularly proud of this special benefit,” said SSAI President Anoop Mehta, “because it is an investment in our future.”
June 18, 2015—Prince George's County Executive Visits SSAI
Credit: Mike YourishinPrince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, along with a delegation of county officials, visited the SSAI headquarters offices on June 18. Dr. Colleen Hartman, Director, Sciences and Exploration, joined the group to represent Goddard Space Flight Center. SSAI President Anoop N. Mehta presented a short history about how SSAI had been founded as a small operation by Om and Sara Bahethi, and how it has grown into a major economic contributor within the county.
Several SSAI scientists made quick presentations about work they were doing on projects such as CATS, GPM, and GMAO, explaining how the information derived from their activities could be used for decision-making applications. Other discussions emphasized SSAI’s community involvement. Mr. Baker expressed his enthusiasm for the important work being done by SSAI, and commented on how impressed he was with the quality of expertise displayed and the potential for economic growth in the technical sector that companies such as SSAI symbolized.
The visit concluded with a tour through the offices, where participants were able to meet and talk with staff members and understand the myriad ways in which many types of skills contribute to SSAI’s continued success.
May 8, 2015—SSAI Announces Staff Promotions
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) has announced three promotions to the Vice President level.
Mr. Joseph Wagenhofer has been named Vice President & Program Manager. He manages SSAI’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Support (HBS) Services contract at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and has been with SSAI since 1985. His history with the company includes management of the NOAA SARSAT contract, involvement with business development, and implementation of the complex Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia.
Ms. Linda Aguirre-Echevarria, MBA, has been appointed Vice President of Finance. She has served as SSAI’s Controller, and has held progressively responsible financial positions throughout her tenure at SSAI, which started in 2000. Her responsibilities include oversight of SSAI’s corporate finance, accounting, contracts, and procurement departments.
Dr. Robert Fleishauer, PMP, is now a Vice President & Program Manager. He has led the Science, Technology, and Research Support Services (STARSS II) contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center as Program Manager since 2012. He joined SSAI in 2008, and is actively involved in business development and process improvement.
“All of these leaders embody the expectations for SSAI managers, upholding the principles and ethics that add value to our staff and customers’ goals,” noted SSAI President Anoop N. Mehta, CPA, CGMA.
May 1, 2015—SSAI Makes Leadership Changes
SSAI has announced several changes to its corporate leadership structure. Dr. Om Bahethi, who founded SSAI in 1977, retains his role as the company’s Chairman of the Board, staying involved in customer relations and active in business development efforts. In addition to providing advice and counsel to the President, Dr. Bahethi acts as an ambassador for the organization, communicating with customers, employees, and partners.
Mr. Anoop N. Mehta, CPA, CGMA steps into the role of President of SSAI, where his responsibilities will include implementing the company’s short- and long-term plans. He has the day-to-day responsibility for managing, planning, and implementing strategic goals of the company. Mr. Mehta joined SSAI in 1980, serving in a variety of financial and executive positions, most recently as Chief Financial Officer.
Dr. Mauricio Peredo has become SSAI’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, focusing on day-to-day program execution. He is responsible for excellence in performance and customer satisfaction across all SSAI contracts. After joining SSAI in 2000, he has served in program management, business development, and executive roles.
April 7 and April 13, 2015—SSAI Holds Anniversary Celebrations
On April 7, SSAI celebrated its 38th Anniversary with an employee breakfast at the GSFC Employee Recreation Center. Our hosts, Om and Sara Bahethi, were on hand to greet guests as they arrived. Anoop Mehta, along with several managers, prepared omelets for employees. Catered items featured an assortment of pastries, egg strata, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and fruit. Om took a few minutes to thank everyone for another successful year and a job very well done.
SSAI Hampton held their Anniversary Breakfast on April 13, at the new IESB building at Langley Research Center. Three omelet stations again were staffed by executives and managers, and an extensive breakfast buffet was also available. Everyone enjoyed the food and the socializing, as well as the opportunity to celebrate SSAI’s continued success and longevity.
April 8, 2015—SSAI Receives GSFC Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
At the Robert H. Goddard Awards Ceremony, SSAI’s President, Dr. Om Bahethi, received the award for Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year from GSFC’s Center Director, Mr. Christopher Scolese. The citation noted that the award was given “In recognition of your outstanding support to Earth and space science missions; providing scientific research and development, engineering, and information analytics services to Goddard Space Flight Center.” It also mentioned SSAI’s “exceptional ability to consistently exceed NASA’s expectations in overall contract performance…” We are very pleased and proud to have yet another recognition of SSAI’s high standards and commitment to excellence.
March 13, 2015—SSAI Celebrates "Pi Day"
While most of the world celebrated “Pi Day” on Saturday, March 14, 2015 (3.14.15), SSAI started the celebration early! In honor of the famous mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and its decimal representation that never ends and never repeats, SSAI hosted pie contests in Lanham and Hampton on Friday, March 13.
At SSAI Headquarters, 19 pies were entered and awards were given to the pies with best overall appearance and originality. Cassandra McIntire’s tomato and egg quiche won for originality and Bhavna Sengupta’s mango pie won for best appearance. A wide variety of pies was presented and enjoyed by all as they swapped stories about learning the many digits of Pi and demonstrating their prowess at reciting its pattern.
In Hampton, this day is celebrated each year with employees submitting a pie to be judged by their peers. Not only was the event well attended, but many of the employees dressed for the occasion in Pi-themed tee shirts. Sara Bedka’s piña colada pie won first honors, Amy Jo Scarino’s cinnamon bun pecan pie took second place, and third place went to Kathi Stevens for her ice cream pie.
March 10, 2015—SSAI Selected as GSFC Small Business Contractor of the Year
SSAI is delighted to receive yet another Small Business Contractor of the Year Award; the latest one is for 2014 from Goddard Space Flight Center. These awards are presented to NASA contractors who make significant contributions to Goddard’s small business program and recognize successful and innovative practices that promote small business participation in helping Goddard to achieve its mission. SSAI contributes directly to GSFC goals of application of advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth. “SSAI has succeeded by treating customers and employees well,” noted SSAI President, Dr. Om Bahethi. “We are proud of our long association with Goddard and happy to receive this recognition.” SSAI was the NASA Langley Research Center’s Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year in 2013 and 2009, in addition to receiving multiple Contractor Excellence awards from Goddard from 1995 onward, including 2004, when SSAI won the NASA agency-wide Minority Contractor of the Year award. As an industry leader in science and technology advancement to benefit society, SSAI looks forward to a bright future in exploring our planet and the universe.
January 10, 2015—SSAI Hampton Gala Features Bollywood Theme
SSAI’s 2015 Winter Gala for the Hampton area took place on January 10 at the Marriott City Center in Newport News. The evening’s theme transported attendees to Bollywood, starting with a red-carpet entry through an aisle flanked with movie posters. The embellished décor of the ballroom featured vivid centerpieces and dramatic lighting. Entertainment included a local middle school student who performed a classical Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam. Everyone enjoyed a glamorous and delightful evening.
January 24, 2015—SSAI Maryland Gala Also Invites Attendees to Bollywood
SSAI’s Maryland area Winter Gala was held on January 24 at the Westin Annapolis, and also featured Bollywood-themed décor and entertainment. The menu included Indian cuisine options, and the ballroom was once again filled with vibrant centerpieces in the midst of dramatically dressed tables and seating. Attendees had the chance not only to see a demonstration from Anoop Mehta and Ashish Rangrej of the traditional Dandiya Raas dance, but also to participate in facing circles that changed partners after each sequence.