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METECS Awarded 2 NASA Phase I SBIRs

METECS has been awarded 2 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants from NASA.

In the first SBIR, titled “Modern Software Technology for Flight Test Automation and Orchestration”, METECS will develop a scalable architectural software framework known as the mREST Automated Test Environment (MATE) which addresses the technical issues commonly associated with flight testing, measurement, and data acquisition by providing comprehensive flight test orchestration and data measurement/acquisition capabilities in both centralized and distributed environments.  MATE has the potential to significantly optimize current flight test methodologies without levying new requirements on each test element.  The Phase I portion of the contract has a value of $122,708 over 6 months.

In the second SBIR, titled “A Flexible Open Interface Standard for Test and Launch Operations”, METECS will generate an interface standard for mREST that can be utilized to solve the issues associated with test and launch operations. This will be accomplished by first doing research into the specific issues that typically arise during the pre-launch process and identifying areas where the existing mREST specification should be expanded and/or refined.  The Phase I portion of the contract has a value of $122,762 over 6 months.

METECS is thrilled to see our mREST customer base expand through the development of application specific interfaces and software tools that take advantage of core mREST technology.

Congratulations to Frank Graffagnino

METECS thanks Frank Graffagnino for 10 outstanding years of graphics leadership and simulation expertise.  Thanks Frankie!FrankGraffagnino10Years

Congratulations to Drake Deno

METECS thanks Drake Deno for 5 years of outstanding service as a Simulation Software Engineer.  Additionally, METECS recognizes Drake as being the first METECS intern and writing the first version of Pong.  Thanks Drake!

WELCOME ABOARD RAY!

METECS would like to welcome our newest team member, Ray Seegmiller. Ray earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. He worked his way through college as a jack-of-all-trades working for a small business developing new interferometer and spectrometer technologies. Duties included machining, 3D CAD, circuit board layout and development, system assembly, calibration and testing, and all software development needs. Upon graduating, Ray took a job at Southwest Research Institute where he has spent six years as a software developer. He worked on a number of projects including voice command input, databases, network based telemetry, crowd simulation, and immersive 3D telecommunications training. Welcome aboard Ray!

METECS West Office Opens

METECS is thrilled to open “METECS West”, our first satellite office, located in San Antonio!  The office allows our METECS team members living near San Antonio to collaborate in-person as they develop simulators for our current and future commercial clients.  METECS is looking forward to the future business opportunities that willMetecs_West result frMETECS_West_Interiorom the work done at this new office.

Racing Season Begins for METECS



Congratulations to team member Ryan Logan for finishing the first races of the season at the MSR Houston race track in Angelton, TX.  This is his first season racing the #15 METECS sponsored Mazda Miata in the National Auto Sport Association ( https://www.nasaproracing.com/ ) Spec Miata series.  METECS wishes Ryan good luck in reaching his goal of a top-15 finish for the next set of races on March 8-9 at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX.

Goodbye Summer 2013 Interns

METECS would like to thank the summer 2013 interns for the wonderful contributions they made this summer.  Mary Ryan impressed us with her work on the head-tracker system and vMDM status application while Bennett impressed us with his work with rock scattering in EDGE and a Point of Interest (POI) visualization application.  Thanks again for joining our team this summer!  Good luck during your fall semester!

Welcome 2013 Summer Interns

METECS is thrilled to welcome two interns to our team this summer.  Mary Ryan Gilmore is a Computer Engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin.  Bennett Marsh is joining us from Purdue where he is majoring in Physics/Math with a minor in Electrical Engineering.  They will get to contribute to some exciting tasks in the areas of Simulation, Graphics, and Automation.  We are looking forward to having a fun summer with them!

WELCOME ABOARD BRIAN!

METECS is pleased to welcome Brian Fisher to the team.  Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He has more than 20 years of experience in modeling and simulation. For the past 16 years, Brian worked at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) where he served as a section manager, lead engineer, proposal manager and software developer. He led a group of engineers specializing in interactive 3D graphics applications for projects including aerial refueling training, distributed simulation research, mobile augmented reality, gas meter station design, amphibious assault vehicle simulation, air traffic control training, spray painting training and medical simulation research. He also lead the design and development of a line of commercial equipment operator training simulators and helped grow this program from a single simulator project to numerous efforts covering multiple equipment simulators and variants. He also successfully generated proposals for numerous other development efforts valued at over $25 million.

Prior to joining SwRI, Brian worked at VictorMaxx Technologies where he developed and integrated software to model dynamics and collision detection. He also worked at Anderson Consulting where he designed and developed a patented 3-D graphics application using desktop virtual reality to train consultants in object oriented modeling techniques. From  1988 to 1994, Brian worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace as part of several teams to develop and test mathematical models and software for various engineering analysis, optimization, design and data reduction applications. He performed analysis and testing of applications to validate Space Shuttle onboard guidance software, supported the development of an ascent trajectory optimization design tool and investigated Space Shuttle abort trajectory enhancements. He also led an effort to validate a multi-body dynamics simulation of the Space Shuttle remote manipulator.  Welcome aboard Brian!

WELCOME ABOARD RYAN!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to the METECS team.  Ryan Logan has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University VizLab. After completion of graduate school, Ryan took a position with Southwest Research Institute in their Aerospace and Training systems Division. At SwRI, Ryan was responsible for the full life cycle of many projects from requirements through acceptance as well as project management. Early work included a Air Traffic Control Virtual Reality (ATCVR) tower training system for the Air Force and VR work for both dismounted infantry and tactical units under the Small Unit Tactical Training (SUTT) program for the Marines. He also worked on the Virtual Training and Environments (VIRTE) program for the Office of Naval Research which included distributed simulators (over HLA) for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and the V-22 Osprey. SwRI was responsible for the EFV simulator platform which included a vehicle commander, gunner and driver station. Ryan was project manager/technical lead on a C-130 Crew Resource Management (CRM) trainer for the Air Force. This system integrated COTS flight hardware, touch screen monitors and MS Flight Simulator with custom software which provided an Instructor Operator Station (IOS) and the capability to generate autonomous aircraft to carry out formation flight training. Ryan was also technical lead for a system developed to train Borescope operators ,using a virtual engine) to find engine component defects for the Joint Strike Fighter (F135/F136) program. For the past six years, Ryan has been working on a series of heavy construction equipment (Excavator, Loader, Grader,Dozer, Backhoe) and agricultural (Sugar Cane Harvester) simulators for John Deere. Ryan also recently developed (working jointly with Dignitas Technologies) a prototype of the excavator simulator which allowed for soil topology to be distributed over the network so that two remote excavator simulators can dig in the same dynamic environment.  Welcome aboard Ryan!