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JeTSI – Meeting Industry Workforce Challenges Head-on

 

A pioneer in the area of corporate teleworking, Alan Jeffries determined quickly that JeTSI did not need a dedicated office space to be successful and to meet client needs. JeTSI’s unique telework approach provides experienced and premier engineering resources while reducing enormous energy costs for facilities and commuting. Additionally, there are a number of other factors in the American workforce as a whole, and some unique to the aerospace industry, which make JeTSI’s teleworking model advantageous for all sides. The number of workers reaching and approaching retirement age coupled with the lack of experienced, skilled workers to take their place, and the significant drop in American students pursuing careers in the engineering, math, and science arenas has the possibility of leaving America without space industry expertise. These are serious and valid industry concerns.

According to HR Magazine, “Economists at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) project that most new U.S. job openings in the coming decade will not stem from newly created jobs but rather from a need to replace workers exiting from existing jobs.” And the 2012 Space Report cites 45% of NASA’s current workforce is between the ages of 45 and 59. NASA will be facing a wave of retirement by the 2020’s significantly reducing the level of experienced workers. Furthermore, if you widen the age range to 40-60 year olds, more than 70% of NASA’s workforce is in that range while the overall U.S. labor pool is less than 45%.

Unfortunately finding younger workers to train and replace the retiring workforce is difficult. In 2001, there were only 148,000 degrees awarded to Americans in the engineering, math, and physical sciences – a 50% drop from the 1960’s and the lowest number in two decades. Despite the evidence that the unemployment rates for college graduates with degrees in STEM fields are lower than other fields, and salaries are higher (as much as 50% higher over a lifetime), only 16% of college students graduate in STEM fields according to a 2012 Georgetown University study.

Meeting the challenge with a 1,2,3 punchAs company owners, engineers, and science lovers, Alan and Leslie feel strongly about making a difference and turning these statistics around. They have a three-pronged approach:

  1. Providing aerospace engineers and scientists the ability to work a schedule that meets their lifestyle needs and still contribute to the industry even after retirement. For some, the ability to take care of children or other family members while retaining their professional career is the optimum situation. JeTSI matches the engineers’ skill sets and availability with the clients’ project requirements and schedule providing a win-win solution.
  2. Donating time and resources to schools and teachers working to foster a love, appreciation, and understanding of engineering, math, and science principles. It is vital to engage students while they are in school – from elementary and on through high school, and into college.
  3. Creating part-time internships and junior engineering positions within JeTSI to help train and mentor young adults who are still attending college and just getting started, or are still early in their careers.

This approach complements JeTSI’s commitment to provide exceptional response, reliable service, and innovative solutions to clients; a challenging and fun work environment for our employees; and to develop a love for science and technology in today’s youth.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging all of us to be knowledgeable, aware, and ready to take action in the event of an emergency. Are you ready?

We at JeTSI are using this month to make sure our Business Emergency Preparedness Plan is in place, and that our employees are well informed to create their own Family Emergency Plan and Recovery Kit. We hope you are doing the same!

Educate:

Learn about the potential risks – http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards

Learn how to be ready – http://www.ready.gov/

Stay Informed:

The latest weather maps – http://www.weather.gov/

Up to date weather news – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Have wireless emergency alerts sent to your phone – http://www.ready.gov/alerts

Take Action:

Create a Family Emergency Plan – http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Prepare a Disaster Recovery Kit – http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Be an Example:

Share Your Story – http://community.fema.gov/

Teach Your Kids – http://www.weather.gov/owlie/

Participate in NOAA’s Weather in Focus Photo contest – http://www.weather.gov/photocontest/

 

September National Preparedness Month

 

 

 

Technology Firm in Herndon Donates Graphing Calculators Bound for Eastern Fairfax County Schools

JeTSI recently donated several high end graphing calculators through the Collect for Kids school supply drive in full swing each July and August.  The computers are bound for schools in eastern Fairfax County where they will be part of a high schools loan pool.

To give cash (for school supplies), backpacks or calculators, visit www.collectforkids.org.

Thank you JeTSI! FCPS.edu

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA’s multifaceted journey of discovery continues.”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.

“I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This is a historic win for science and for exploration. We’ve truly, once again raised the bar of human potential.”

Click here to keep up with the mission details.

JeTSI at NOAA 2015 Satellite Conference

JeTSI presented a poster at NOAA’s 2015 Satellite Conference in Greenbelt, Maryland on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The poster depicted diagrams of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Interface Data Processing Segment (IDPS). A top-level view of the IDPS science data processing system and several examples of different views were depicted, along with a demonstration of how the model is derived. JeTSI Space Science Systems Engineer, Laura Ellen Dafoe was on hand to describe the model and views.

Click to view the poster “Accurate Data Flow Management Tool Facilitates Operational Stability and Risk Management in a Complex and Dynamic Science Processing Environment”.

JeTSI to Participate in NOAA’s 2015 Satellite Conference

JeTSI will be presenting a poster at NOAA’s 2015 Satellite Conference in Greenbelt, Maryland on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The poster will depict diagrams of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Interface Data Processing Segment (IDPS). A top-level view of the IDPS science data processing system and several examples of different views will be depicted, along with a demonstration of how the model is derived. JeTSI Space Science Systems Engineer, Laura Ellen Dafoe will be on hand to describe the model and views.

The JPSS IDPS produces meteorological data products useful to weather and climatology scientists. The processing chain to result in these products is complex, with interdependency among the products themselves as well as with databases external to the JPSS system. Data flow management through this system presents a challenge with multiple sources and users of various data products. JeTSI has assisted in modeling this data flow using MagicDraw, an Enterprise Architecture application using DoDAF formalism. The modeling tool allows different views or perspectives of the same system while maintaining a unified construct. The model is very accurate since it is built from the Algorithm Development Library (ADL) code itself, rather than from requirements documents or software descriptions. The JPSS Program uses the model to manage responsibilities for products, to create and manage requirements specifications, and to scope downstream impacts to changes in a particular product. With the upcoming transition to an Enterprise science processing paradigm, this model could be extended to model the full data processing flow in IDPS, NPP Data Exploitation (NDE), and GOES-R. Managing the data flow between and within these systems will be challenging without a similar tool.

The poster “Accurate Data Flow Management Tool Facilitates Operational Stability and Risk Management in a Complex and Dynamic Science Processing Environment,” by Laura Ellen Dafoe and Jeffrey Hayden, JeTSI, will be viewable on our website after the conference.

Press Release JeTSI Participates in 2015 NOAA Conference

NASA Awards Contract for NOAA’s JPSS-2 Spacecraft

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.

The JPSS-2 spacecraft will provide operational continuity of satellite-based observations to enable the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide critical weather forecasts, while advancing climate, environmental and oceanographic science. This is a firm fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity delivery order for the purchase of the JPSS-2 spacecraft with options to purchase the JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 spacecraft.

The JPSS missions continue to leverage the successful 40-year NOAA/NASA partnership.  NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems, launch services and components of the ground system.

The value of the JPSS-2 portion is $253 million with a period of performance from March 30 through July 31, 2020. The value of Option One for the JPSS-3 spacecraft is $130 million and will extend the period of performance through July 31, 2024. The value of Option Two for the JPSS-4 spacecraft is $87 million and will extend the period of performance through July 31, 2028. If all options are exercised, the total value of this delivery order will be $470 million.

These options, as part of full funding of the Polar Follow-on activities outlined in NOAA’s fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget Request, would allow the JPSS program to extend operations of the overall JPSS polar-orbiting satellite system as far as fiscal year 2038.

Orbital will be responsible for designing and fabricating the JPSS-2 spacecraft, integration of government-furnished instruments, satellite-level testing, on-orbit satellite check-out and mission operations support. The contractor also will provide five Flight Segment Emulators. The work will be performed at the contractor’s facility and at the launch site.

This contract provides a rapid and flexible means to procure spacecraft in support of the scientific and technology development goals of NASA and other federal government agencies.

NASA’s expertise in space and scientific exploration contributes to essential services provided to the American people by other federal agencies, such as weather forecasting and natural resource management. NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future.

For information about the JPSS program, visit:

http://www.jpss.noaa.gov  

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

JeTSI Welcomes Stephen Marley, Ph.D.

Jeffries Technology Solutions, Inc. (JeTSI) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephen Marley to the JeTSI team.

Dr. Marley brings 25+ years of experience in both the international and United States space programs to the JeTSI team. His previous work leading architectural projects on a senior level for NASA, NOAA, Raytheon, and Harris Corporation has equipped him with the knowledge and expertise to effectively work with JeTSI clients and their ground system projects. Accomplishments include guiding the long-term strategy of Harris’ Civil Ground System Business Area, leading the architectural and technology direction for Harris’ Federal Climate / Weather Systems business, and as the Deputy Program Manager for NASA’s Geosciences Interoperability Office (GIO).

JeTSI President, Alan Jeffries noted “Dr. Marley’s in-depth understanding of the scientific and engineering aspects as well as the business side of environmental and weather services brings a unique combination of expertise to the JeTSI team.” A member of the American Meteorological Society, Association of Enterprise Architects, American Geophysical Union, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Marley also holds a doctorate in Infrared Astronomy.

“JeTSI continues to grow and has become a well rounded team with expertise in requirements, systems & enterprise architecture, DoDAF modeling, concept of operations, software & systems solutions, cost estimation & analysis, and program & technical team leadership,” according to CEO, Leslie Jeffries.

Press Release JeTSI Welcomes Stephen Marley

GSAW 2015 Presentation Slides

GSAW2015Presentation 020215 Jeffries Technology Solutions,” GSAW 2015, R. Morgenstern, NASA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), A. Jeffries (JeTSI), J. Hayden (JeTSI), and P. Barnes (JeTSI).

NASA & JeTSI to Present at GSAW 2015

February 27, 2015 Herndon, Virginia Jeffries Technology Solutions, Inc. (JeTSI) is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Morgenstern, the Mission Systems Engineer for the NASA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and JeTSI team members Mr. Alan Jeffries, Mr. Jeffrey Hayden, and Mr. Patrick Barnes were selected to provide a presentation on model-based engineering at GSAW 2015 to be held in Los Angeles, California next week.

The presentation, entitled “Assisting Test Development with Architecting Techniques” will be presented by Mr. Robert Morgenstern during Session 3 on Tuesday, March 3.

The presentation will describe architecting techniques and test scenarios used on the JPSS Project to model and test its operations and systems. The DoDAF 2.02 and UPDM 2.1 methods used to help clarify the interrelationships and data flows among system functions of this large and complex system of systems will be described. An overall system function hierarchy SV-4 was generated for the JPSS Project. Systems and functions in the hierarchy were then used in the SV-4 system functional flow diagrams to clarify which functions initiate data, route data, process data, and those that consume the data to more clearly identify verification test points in the systems. An extensive model was created with the use of that hierarchy to maintain coherence across all model diagrams. SV-4 diagrams are being created for all testing scenarios to be utilized by the test teams. These test scenario system views describe all data flows between systems, personnel, and external entities, as well as any requirement constraints placed on those flows. The testing teams will use the model, and these test scenario SV-4s in particular, to perform their testing procedures to ensure the JPSS ground system is performing appropriately. Mr. Morgenstern will describe the architecting techniques used to create these test scenario SV-4 diagrams including some MBSE methodology, hierarchical breakdown of OV-5b to SV-4, and where we plan to take the modeling as we move further into the JPSS lifecycle.

The presentation slides will be posted on our website after the conference is held.

Press Release GSAW 2015