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November 22, 2014

Vantage Sponsors NSBE-GSC 10-Year Anniversary

Vantage Systems was one of two companies receiving an award for its sponsorship of the National Society of Black Engineers-Goddard Space Chapter’s (NSBE-GSC) 10-Year Anniversary GALA. The GALA was held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Approximately 170 attendees including NASA Goddard professionals, NSBE professionals, and collegiate students gathered to celebrate an evening of reflection, recognition, and rejuvenation.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Christyl Johnson (Deputy Director, Goddard Space Flight Center), delivered a motivational and well-received message regarding overcoming fear (False-Evidence-Appearing-Real) in pursuit of one’s dreams. Numerous awards were presented to deserving individuals for their service and dedication to the NSBE mission including a rising young engineer scholarship to a local college student, and a certificate of appreciation to Goddard’s Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) for its long-standing support of the GSC chapter, which was accepted by AETD Director Dennis Andrucyk.

Vantage is a frequent supporter of NSBE and its mission “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community”.

 Congratulations NSBE-GSC on 10 years of successful community service!

January 1, 2014

Joseph Polk Received 2014 Celestial Torch Award

January 2014 -- Vantage President & CEO, Joseph Polk, received the 2014 Celestial Torch Award for Aerospace Entrepreneur of the Year.  This distinguished honor was awarded at the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Aerospace Systems Conference held in Los Angeles, California.  The award recognizes aerospace professionals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.  It is given to outstanding contributors in the aerospace community who exemplify NSBE’s mission, “To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” 

Joe was also invited as a quest speaker for the Conference’s “Small Business Challenges, Opportunities and Achievements in Outer Space” Forum. The forum was intended to stimulate discussions leading to future collaborative aerospace initiatives involving Black-owned aerospace companies.  

The 4-day conference, held at the Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel, is a biennial forum for the presentation of aerospace technical data and is the largest known gathering of Black aerospace technical professionals.  Attendees are presented with state-of-the-art aerospace technologies and challenged to develop new capabilities and skills.  In 2006, NSBE Space partnered with the National Space Society to organize and hold a mini conference, out of which the NSBE conference was birthed.   The inaugural NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference was held February 5-10, 2006.

October 18, 2013

Joseph D. Polk Recognized As Top 100 MBE® Award Winner

Lanham, Maryland (18 October 2013)– Joseph D. Polk, President & CEO of Vantage Systems, Inc.,has been selected to receive the distinguished 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award.  The Top 100 MBE® ceremony is designed to acknowledge and pay tribute to outstanding women and minority business owners in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  The Top 100 MBE® Award is given to enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs that fuel the region’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication.  These business owners are living their dreams and making significant contributions to their clients, professions, industries, and communities.  Mr. Polk currently resides in Bowie, MD and is a 35-year resident of Prince George’s County.

The awards ceremony is scheduled during Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week, on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the War Memorial located at 101 Gay Street in downtown Baltimore. 

 “I am both humbled and excited to receive an award as one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s Top 100 MBEs,” said Mr. Polk. “My family, my colleagues at Vantage, our clients, and my counterparts within the community have been a tremendous influence and help throughout my career, but above all a strong belief in business integrity has been the cornerstone of my success.  I am grateful to Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the selection committee for this great honor.”

February 12, 2013

NASA Launches the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft launched onboard an Atlas V on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey that will continue the Landsat Program's 40-year data record of monitoring the Earth's landscapes from space.  Vantage personnel contributed to this important mission, providing a variety of engineering, fabrication, testing, integration and launch site support services for the LDCM TIRS Instrument along with LDCM Project Support.  “Continuing to collect important earth environmental data is vital to scientists that are grappling with issues such as global warming.  Vantage congratulates the entire NASA and contractor team for the successful launch of LDCM.  Vantage is proud to have been a part of this mission, continuing our legacy of contribution to NASA’s premier space science programs," said Joseph Polk, President/CEO of Vantage Systems, Inc.

January 23, 2013

Vantage Employee, Dwayne Kiefer, Awarded NASA Silver Snoopy Award

On January 18, 2013, at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Vantage Partners’ employee Dwayne Kiefer was awarded the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award by astronaut Doug Wheelock for his service to NASA.

Dwayne was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award in appreciation of his exemplary dedication, technical excellence, and leadership as the manager of external interfaces for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed project.  Dwayne Kiefer personally forged new relationships with other NASA centers which enabled the project to save over $100,000 in equipment costs, reduce impact to the critical path, and provide integration products of exceptional quality to the ISS Program and the JAXA HTV-II Program. 

The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. The award depicts Snoopy, a character from the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz. The award consists of a sterling silver "Silver Snoopy" lapel pin flown during a NASA mission, a commendation letter (stating the mission the Silver Snoopy pin was flown on) and a signed, framed Silver Snoopy certificate. Snoopy decals and posters are also given to the recipient. It is presented at the workplace of the recipient with the recipient's coworkers present.