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Whats in a Name?

Mike Mazzella
Operation Manager
August/September 2010
A lot is made of organization names. What they say about where an organization is going, who it is, what it does,
what its vision is, who its customers are, and on and on. We put a lot of thought into naming our new operation and
ultimately decided that simple and direct is best. Space, Aviation, and Science. That sums up what we do, who we
are, and where we're going. It doesn't limit us to a specific customer set nor to a narrow vision.
Space. While there is great uncertainty regarding NASA's Human Space Flight program, there are still tremendous
opportunities in space exploration. The Air Force continues to maintain a very robust space program. There is
tremendous growth in commercial space flight and non-federal space ports. And, we still have a major presence in
NASA space programs. Even while cuts have occurred and many of our competitors have suffered significant
losses, we have minimized the impact to our base due to the tremendous quality of support we've provided to our
Aviation. Our aviation capabilities cover multiple aspects of the aviation industry. We have work with the FAA in
system engineering and flight standards. We do modeling and simulation for NASA. We work with unmanned
aerial systems and we install passenger screening systems in airports. This diverse set of skills and clients will allow
us to grow in our current as well as adjacent markets. There is a worldwide push for aviation modernization, and we
expect to participate fully in those efforts not only with the US Government but with foreign governments,
commercial entities, and local authorities.
Science. Earth and space science are areas of increasing importance for our government clients. Our largest
science customers, NASA and NOAA, are both expected to receive significant budget increases in the coming fiscal
year. We are in a position to compete effectively for that money, creating career opportunities for our employees.
We expect to see additional opportunities from other federal and non-federal clients as well, as a result of
increasing concerns about our changing climate and investments in weather and climate sensitive industries such
as energy.
This is an exciting time. The creation of this new operation consolidates three important lines of business in a way
that promotes growth in each. It creates opportunities to leverage skills and capabilities in ways that will allow us to
make even more complete offerings to key customers. And, it results in a more consistent face of SAIC to our
I look forward to working with you in creating a successful Space, Aviation, and Science Operation.
C o n t e n t s :
Space, Aviation, and Science Operation
Whats in a Name?
SASO Organization Chart
Science Support Division
Aviation Sciences and Engineering Division
Launch, Range & Space Exploration Division
Risk & Reliability Solutions Division
Business Development
Meet the New HR Team
SASO Organization Chart
August/September 2010
Space, Aviation and Science
Mike Mazzella
David Cazes, Deputy for Execution
Joe Smith, Deputy for BD
Mary Seach, Administrative Manager
Michele Walker, Project Control Manager
Risk & Reliability Solutions
Scott Simpson
Will Blumentritt, TRM
Peggy V. Anderson, Admin
Gail Stowe, Project Control
Aviation Sciences &
Engineering Division
Dennis Koehler
Kelly Baker, TRM
Carly Sweet, Admin
Linda Nastick, Project Control
Science Support Division
Mike Darzi
Bob Roserberg, TRM
Amy Reynolds, Admin
Bill Ransom, Project Control
Launch, Range, & Space
Exploration Division
Greg Pavlovich
David Stuart, TRM
Megan Kelly, Admin
Louis Mivelaz, Project Control
JSC S&MA Scott Simpson ELVIS
Launch & Range
Space Science &
Steve Owens
Tony Boatright
Greg Pavlovich
David Nuckels
Greg Pavlovich
Adrianne Blume
Derek Collins
ATO-T Engineering
Kelly Baker
Scott Barbier
Dave Williams
Michael Ochs
Sandra Fryar
Michael Garland
Mike DeNigris
Mark Fuhrman
Bob Newman
Bo Bobko
Sandra Fryar
Jim Crickenberger
Judy Bottomley
Airborne Science
Hampton PA&E
NRL Atmospheric
Ocean Color
Gary Shelton
Al Ruddick
Art Midgette
Al Ruddick
Chuck McKinley
Ted Neville
Glen Handlers
Fred Patt
Bob Rosenberg
Heather Lancaster
Welcome to the Team!
Eric A. Aligo Camp Springs, MD
Pravin K. Asar Kennedy Space Center, FL
Jeffrey W. Blevins Stennis Space Center, MS
Sean B. Boivin Washington, DC
Kenneth W. Brockmann Washington, DC
Lisa R. Bucci Greenbelt, MD
Chaing Chen Monterey, CA
Andrew D. Collard Camp Springs, MD
Frank Davies Cape Canaveral, FL
Angela D. Drisdale Houston, TX
Kevin W. Dunlop Washington, DC
Edy L. Frazier Houston, TX
Christophe R. Hamel Washington, DC
Paul A. Hodnett Stennis Space Center, MS
Wallace Hogsett Camp Springs, MD
James L. Houston Sr. Stennis Space Center, MS
Steven Jarvis Washington, DC
Megan R. Kelly Kennedy Space Center, FL
Robert A. Koerper Jr. Washington, DC
Dave Kuper Edgewood, MD
Hsin-mu Lin Camp Springs, MD
Michael R. Lowry Camp Springs, MD
Karin Loya Beltsville, MD
Yan Luo Camp Springs, MD
Sarith Mahanama Greenbelt, MD
Linda R. Nastick Washington, DC
Roberto Padilla-Hernandez Camp Springs, MD
Javier F. Saldivar Washington, DC
Udo W. Schultheis Washington, DC
Yingshuo Shen Greenbelt, MD
Adrien Souliere Houston, TX
Lynn L. Spencer Washington, DC
Charley W. Taylor Stennis Space Center, MS
Sandy Gill, Programs Director
Carol Kurta, Quality Manager
Science Support Division
August/September 2010
The new Science Support Division (SSD), comprises about a dozen contracts that provide various support
services to scientific organizations within NASA, NOAA, and the Navy. Although the work locations for the
contracts are very geographically dispersed, all the work performed involves supporting the Earth and space
science efforts of those organizations:
- NASA's Headquarters, Goddard Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, and Ames Research Center
- NOAA's National Data Buoy Center and National Centers for Environmental Prediction
- US Navy's Naval Research Laboratory
Most of these contracts have a decades-long legacy with SAIC. However, the consolidation of this work within
a new division will allow us to better leverage synergies that will enable us to provide even better support on
the current contracts, as well as to better position us for expanding our science support through upcoming
opportunities. Watch for articles that briefly describe the work on individual contracts coming soon in
subsequent SASO newsletters.
The new SSD will be managed by Mike Darzi, Division Manager (Beltsville, MD), and Jim Frenzer, Deputy DM
(Newport News, VA), with administrative support by Amy Reynolds (Newport News, VA). Organizational and
managerial details are still being worked out, and a major effort is under way to reexamine a very substantial
opportunities pipeline. The next several months promise to be very busy and exciting ones for business
Although the consolidation represents a major reorganization of people and contracts, we're proud to report
that our excellent customer support has not skipped a beat!
Mike Darzi
The SSD provides exciting science support to government customers involving land, sea, air, and space research. The efforts have results
that directly impact peoples lives around the globe.
One clear and obvious area where the United States provides world leadership is in aviation. The FAA, along
with NASA and DoD, provides leadership and guidance to all aspects of aviation: standards, safety,
operational policy and procedures, as well as development of our infrastructure at airports. Aviation
Sciences and Engineering Division (ASED) employees are engaged in critical areas of support, development
and deployment efforts for the current system, AND involved in design of the new Next Generation Air
Transportation (NextGen) system, which will replace the 50-year-old aging infrastructure that we all use
today. Benefits of NextGen will be realized through Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B),
System Wide Information Management (SWIM), NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW), and DataCom.
When fully operational, these systems will enable hundreds of operational improvements in the National
Airspace System (NAS), supporting the NextGen goals of a safe, secure, and efficient NAS, capable of fulfilling
aviation needs for decades into the future. SAIC has thoughtfully put all organizational components into one
Division to insure that we provide the best service offering to our current federal clients. To that end, we now
service current NAS Infrastructure through multiple contracts, focused upon providing the best scientific and
engineering support to all of the federal organizations involved with NextGen.
ASED provides a wide variety of communications and systems engineering services to the FAA and NASA, as
well as limited support to DoD and DHS on national defense initiatives. Our expertise includes project and
program management, design, systems engineering and integration, software development, RF spectrum
management, communications security, systems implementation and optimization, transition planning and
execution, test planning and execution, commissioning/decommissioning, logistics, and operations and
maintenance support, all focused to provide best-value solutions for our customers.
On the Telecommunications Engineering and Operations Management (TEOM) contract, we support FAA
ground-to-ground telecommunications programs that transport mission-critical voice and data. For these
programs, we design and build systems, ensure that information security measures are in place, and provide
support for operations, maintenance, and logistics. We also provide engineering, design, logistics, and
project management services for Command, Control, and Communications (C3), the FAA's continuity of
operations program, and we designed, planned, and executed the FAA's transition to the Defense Messaging
Our engineers and analysts provide systems engineering and implementation support on a highly visible FAA
program: Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X (ASDE-X) surface radar, a key enabling technology
supporting the FAA transition to NextGen. Our ASDE-X team has a long history of support, helping the FAA
adhere to the ASDE-X implementation timeline for installation, optimization, and operation of this important
surface movement safety system.
Our engineers and analysts also perform mission critical work in many areas on the FAA NAS Implementation
Support Contract (NISC) at the FAA headquarters, regional offices, and air traffic control facilities around the
U.S. and at international sites. Our NISC team specializes in RF spectrum management and is recognized
throughout the government as a go-to source to resolve RF spectrum issues.
Our Systems Engineering team leverages these specialized services to provide additional support on a
number of other FAA contracts and programs, including enroute and terminal system planning, operations,
data communications, radar systems, airman's information, and electronic flight strips. SAIC is a leader in the
Terminal domain with two key contracts and over 100 employees supporting ATO-T Engineering and Cost
Aviation Sciences and Engineering Division (ASED)
August/September 2010
Dennis Koehler
and Finance. Our staff provided critical support to the ADS-B Program Office via the VOLPE Communications,
Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) Omni contract.
In September 2009, the FAA awarded SAIC the NextGen Initiatives Support Services contract. This very
competitive award places SAIC at the forefront of developing Communications Navigation and Surveillance
(CNS) automation and operational improvements in the U.S. NAS. Through this contract, SAIC provides
program management, aviation analysis, and subject matter expert support to the FAA Aviation Safety line of
business implementing NextGen operations in the NAS.
ASED employees provide aerospace modeling and simulation engineering, operations, maintenance, and
management to the Simulation Laboratories (SimLabs) at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA.
SAIC-supported simulation facilities include the Vertical Motion Simulator the largest 6-degree of freedom
(6DOF) motion simulator in the world, used to train space shuttle crews and perform high-fidelity air and
space flight handling quality research and flight control design. Additional facilities include: the Crew Vehicle
Systems Research Facility (CVSRF), which houses a Boeing 747-400 motion-base simulator, the Advanced
Concept Flight Simulator (ACFS); a radar air traffic control lab with up to 12 TRACON or en route controller
positions; and Future Flight Central (FFC), a virtual air traffic control tower with 360 degree out-the-window
viewing capability. All of these simulation facilities can operate stand-alone or integrated with each other.
They can also be linked with other simulators from around the country, allowing distributed simulation.
The SAIC team provides systems engineering, test engineering, project management, and contract analysis
support to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The programs supported include the Automatic Collision
Avoidance Technology (ACAT) program, the Crew Excursion Vehicle Pad Abort and Ascent Abort Escape
System under the Constellation Orion Program, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
(SOFIA) program, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the NAS program, and Dryden and NASA systems
engineering policies, practices and procedures.
In summary, ASED employees play a key role in the current operation of the U.S. NAS and in the planning,
development, and deployment of the NextGen Air Transportation System. We are also working to expand our
customer base, bringing our capabilities to other government agencies and commercial markets.
Aviation Sciences and Engineering Division Cont...
August/September 2010
SAIC employees Paul Fast, Dr. Srba Jovic, and Dean Liu, with
some of the SAIC subcontractors at the NASA Ames Crew Vehicle
System Research Facility
Inside the cockpit of a B747-400 simulator
Launch, Range and Space Exploration Division (LRSE)
The Launch and Range Systems (LRS) division, under the leadership of division manager Greg Pavlovich, has
been supporting NASA launch and range systems through various programs and activities at Kennedy Space
Center (KSC). With the recent establishment of the Global Preparedness, Science and Recovery Business Unit,
the division inherited programs providing support to NASA's ISS and Lunar Systems at Johnson Space Center
(JSC) as well as support to Glenn Research Center (GRC), requiring the name change to Launch, Range, and
Space Exploration.
In Cape Canaveral, our main support is to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
The Kennedy Constellation Ground Operations Project Office Management Services (KLXS) contract requires
SAIC's support in providing necessary resources in performing systems engineering and integration (SE&I),
risk assessments, modeling and simulation, requirements analyses, independent assessment of technical
issues, evaluations of work performed by other contractors and other NASA organizations, and maintaining
applications/databases of related activities. Program Manager Greg Pavlovich led the effort to staff the
project team starting with three personnel in 2007 on a sole-source contract, and over the course of the next
year grew the team to 75 personnel. There are over 100 personnel now supporting the project. Bob Fore, Tom
Thornton, Tom Bouthiller, and Jeff Gernand are the leads in the areas of Ground Systems, Systems Engineering
and Integration, Project Planning & Control (PP&C), and Operations, respectively. SAIC has already been
awarded 23 task orders outside the core contract supporting similar tasks in a surge support capacity.
SAIC is a subcontractor to QinetiQ, N.A. under the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support (ELVIS)
contract and is responsible for providing technical and engineering Safety and Mission Assurance services
required for the NASA Launch Services Program. The NASA ELVIS mission is to provide launch service
excellence, expertise, and leadership to assure mission success for every customer. On the contract, with Steve
Owens as lead, SAIC augments the NASA Safety and Mission Assurance staff and is responsible for the review
and independent assessment of the production, test, and integration processes as well as the independent
review of launch vehicle performance in order to identify potential mission risks.
As a subcontractor to Millennium Engineering and Integration (MEI) Company on the Safety and Mission
Assurance Support Services (SMASS) contract, SAIC, led by Randy Hancock, provides assurance, engineering,
and risk assessment in the disciplines of safety, reliability, and quality within KSC and at all KSC responsible
sites. KSC Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (SA) supports the Shuttle Program and related payloads,
International Space Station Program, Constellation Program development and future operations, ELV current
and future programs, ELV Payload Safety, Range Safety and KSC Institutional Safety and Quality Programs.
The division also supports U.S. Air Force and NASA applications and commercial space activities through
Space Florida and the Customer Assistance Service Program for the Eastern Range (CASPER) program as well
as the Commercial Launch Zone (CLZ) and SLC-36 development effort. Dave Nuckles oversees these activities
as well as our business development efforts. While most of the staff works at the customer sites at KSC, Dave
and a handful of others occupy the SAIC facility just outside KSC in Cape Canaveral. This is where SAIC-specific
business is conducted, where proposals are developed and produced, and where, when the timing is right, we
enjoy rocket and shuttle launches from our terrace!
August/September 2010
Greg Pavlovich
Launch, Range and Space Exploration Division Cont....
In Houston, our main support is to NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC).
As subcontractor to Barrios Technology on the Orion Project Integration Contract (OPIC), SAIC provides a
wide range of engineering and technical support services focused on directly supporting the NASA JSC
Project Office across a wide range of technical discipline areas including project/risk management, vehicle
integration, spacecraft development, test and verification, and advanced planning. Program Manager Adria-
nne Blume leads this team providing SE&I and PP&C to the Crew Exploration Vehicle CEV customer team.
SAIC is a subcontractor to Jacobs Sverdrup on the International Space Station (ISS) Research Planning Analysis
Support Contract with Derek Collins as Program Manager. SAIC provides research planning analysis activities
for the ISS and technical expertise in performing a feasibility study to identify research integration support as
well as space operations mission directorate research program planning.
Derek also manages task orders under separate contracts: the Mission Operations Project Office task order on
S&MA provides data/configuration management and Project Office support, while the Lunar Systems
Support task order on a GRC Blanket Purchase Agreement provides test and evaluation, lunar analog and
surface studies, and mission analysis.
The LRSE division consists of approximately one hundred SAIC professionals, predominantly engineers and
analysts, focused on providing quality support to NASA's space and exploration missions, exemplifying the
highest standards of dedication and commitment to excellence on a daily basis.
August/September 2010
NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Photo: courtesy of NASA
Risk & Reliability Solutions Division
The Risk & Reliability Solutions Division, led by Scott Simpson, consists of the Safety and Mission Assurance
Support Services (SMASS) contract at NASAs Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, supporting the JSC
Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. This work has been held by SAIC since 1997, and in 2006, SAIC was
awarded a new 5-year contract following a full and open competition. Today, more than 400 SMASS
personnel provide risk-based engineering services and analytical products in the areas of system safety,
reliability, maintainability, and quality assurance.
JSC is NASA's human spaceflight vehicle design center and the home of the Mission Control Center
(MCC),where control of U.S. human spaceflight missions is carried out. You will find SAIC system safety
engineers here supporting the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) during real-time
operations. As part of an integrated team, the SAIC personnel have analyzed flight safety issues and provided
recommendations to ensure mission success for over 40 Space Shuttle missions and numerous spacewalks.
SAIC personnel made significant contributions to the design and operations of the ISS since before the first
module was launched in 1998. We have been there supporting operations from the first Expedition crew in
2000 to today with the 24th Expedition crew (6 on-board astronauts).
Engineering services and products of the RRS Division provide oversight and assurance to Human Spaceflight
Programs, government furnished equipment (GFE) projects, ISS International Partners, Advanced
Programs/Projects, and other NASA organizations including the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.
SAIC helps NASA establish and tailor requirements for reliability, system safety, and quality assurance. SAIC
engineers use a variety of applications and methodologies during a program/project life cycle to identify and
mitigate risks such as system safety hazard analysis, Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA), reliability trade studies,
and failure modes and effects analysis in order to deliver mission critical products.
An example of integrated risk analysis is the Contingency Shuttle Crew Support/Launch on Need [CSCS/LON]
Overview. The CSCS/LON Overview is a gap analysis which compares the capability of the ISS to sustain a
stranded Shuttle crew with the amount of time needed to prepare and launch a rescue vehicle. The gap
analysis is used by NASA to make launch readiness decisions and influence preparation timelines. Any launch
delay or change in ISS systems status requires the SAIC engineers to update the results and inform NASA of
key changes. An example service of the group involves support for spacewalks. When spacewalks are being
planned (or need re-planning), developmental runs are held in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston.
The NBL is a large pool where astronauts train for spacewalks. SAIC engineers, who specialize in
extravehicular activity operations, attend to provide ongoing oversight and risk assessment.
The contributions of RRS Division personnel are frequently acknowledged with NASA awards. Two SAIC
employees are recipients of NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal for their contribution to the Spacecraft
Crew Survival Integrated Investigation Team (SCSIIT). The System Safety Society presented the Award for
Scientific Research and Development to the SCSIIT in recognition of their significant contribution to system
safety through the development of methodologies to forensically identify the performance of the crew
survival systems during the Columbia accident.
RRS Division personnel are driven by the values that exemplify our mission: Integrity, Respect, Professional
Excellence, and Commitment. These values, reinforced by strong leadership, give each team member the
courage to do the right thing and build an environment that fosters team cohesiveness and inclusion. The
future vision of the RRS Division is to find new and innovative ways to expand the existing contract, to identify
new business within the aerospace industry, and to engage new customers in critical or high-risk industries
that can benefit from the services offered by SAIC and this Division.

August/September 2010
Scott Simpson
Business Development
August/September 2010
The newly formed Space, Aviation, and Science Operation presents a tremendous opportunity for us to grow
business in markets and customers that we know very well, AND extend our excellent capabilities into new
areas. The business development staff throughout the operation looks forward to this challenge and to
working with the exceptional employees of SASO.
In the business development community we put a lot of emphasis on winning new and follow-on contracts.
That's how we keep long-term revenue coming into SAIC. We have a busy schedule in the coming 6 months,
expecting over 30 contract proposals with total value over $1.7B. Six of these are significantly sized contracts
of over $100M. That's a lot of capture and proposal work to be done!
Winning new contracts is not the only way we can grow our business. Each and every day about 900 SASO
employees are busy helping our customers on existing contracts. Excellent performance on these contracts
creates additional opportunities, which can lead to more business on that contract. Adding a new person to a
task order or adding a new task order to the contract is a key win for all of us. Since the beginning of our fiscal
year in February, we have won more than $40M of new task orders and task order growth. Congratulations to
all of you for your excellent performance and contribution to SASO business keep up the good work.
Business development is everyone's business, not just the business development staff. Keep your eyes and
ears open for new opportunities where SASO can apply the talents and capabilities of our excellent people.
When you're asked to work on a capture team or proposal, put everything you have into the work. It's a
rewarding effort for you individually and for this great, new operation.
Joe Smith
Key Customers Actions
PRR, etc.
Gold, Blue,
Red, Green,
Meet the New Human Resources Team
Copy Editor Janet Norton
The HR organization has realigned to better meet the needs of the Space, Aviation, and Science Operation.
The SASO HR Team will continue to support each of you by addressing all of your human resources needs,
from career development to performance management, compensation, learning and development, and any
other personnel matters. We look forward to working with each of you and being part of this new operation.
Hi, I'm Jeanne Fuller, HR Manager for the operation, and I'm located in Houston, TX.
My primary customer base will be for both Scott Simpson and Greg Pavlovich's
organizations. I have been with SAIC since January 2010, but have over 10 + years of
HR experience. You can reach me by phone at 281-335-2239 or email me at
Hi, I'm Katie Hickey, a new HR Manager for the operation. I will primarily be
supporting Mike Darzi and Dennis Koehler's organizations. I have been with SAIC for
six years in a variety of roles, but a part of the Zang BU for only two months. I am located
in DC and can be reached at 202-651-2414 or . I look forward to
working with everyone more closely.
I'm Jennifer Perrill, HR Assistant for the operation, and I'm located in Houston, TX. I
have been with SAIC for over 10 years, first working in Germantown, MD, and now in
Houston, TX. You can reach me by phone at 281-335-2235 or email me at
I'm Valerie Garza, Recruiter for the operation. I provide staffing support to the
Simpson and Pavlovich divisions, as well as part of the Darzi division. I've been with
SAIC three years, and I'm located in Houston, TX. I can be reached at 281-335-2238 or
. I also serve on the redeployment team, working to find coverage for
those who need it.
I'm Todd Hall, Recruiter for the operation. I will handle the staffing for the Koehler
Division and parts of the Darzi Division. I have been a recruiter for 15 years in a variety
of different businesses, and have been with SAIC for five years. I am located in our
Newport News office and can be reached at 757-269-2014. I also serve on the
redeployment team, working to find coverage for those who need it.


I look forward working with all.
August/September 2010
Ethics: As most of you know, we have a mandatory requirement that all SAIC employees complete the Ethics
Awareness Training by the end of this fiscal year. Many of you may have already attended in person training, or will
be soon. For those of you unable to attend an in-person session, DataXchange trainings are still available. Visit the
site below to sign up:
Re-Org: To review the slides submitted at the SASO all hands, or ask a question please visit:

August/September 2010
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