WASHINGTON -- NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.
The Low award demonstrates the agency's commitment to promote excellence and continual improvement by challenging NASA's contractor community to be a global benchmark of quality management practices.
The 2011 awards were presented Feb. 23 at NASA's ninth annual Project Management Challenge in Orlando, Fla., to:
-- Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. of Huntsville, Ala. Teledyne Brown Engineering provides space systems engineering, exploration, science, operations and maintenance, and manufacturing services to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; and payload and cargo integration for NASA's Johnson Space Center. This is the second time in the past five years that Teledyne Brown Engineering has received the award in the large business service category.
-- Sierra Lobo, Inc. of Milan, Ohio. Sierra Lobo develops critical systems and technologies, and provides research support services associated with aeronautics and space exploration at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.; and Johnson Space Center in Houston. Sierra Lobo, also a two-time winner, received the award in the small business service category. It previously received the award in 2007.
The award was established in 1985 as NASA's Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity. It was renamed in 1990 in memory of George M. Low, an outstanding leader with a strong commitment to quality products and workforce during his 27-year tenure at the agency. Low was NASA's deputy administrator from 1969 to 1976 and a leader in the early development of space programs.
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