Lisa Scaffardi, ERT’s Senior Manager, Business Development and Marketing, was recently elected to serve on the Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR) Board of Directors for 2018 to 2020. MSBR is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the aerospace and technology sector throughout Maryland and the greater national capital region. The organization is governed by a 20-member board elected for two-year terms on a staggered-year basis and one of its key goals is to inspire the future aerospace workforce by promoting and funding STEM programs.
ERT today announced its receipt of a follow-on NOAA contract for Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) United States Mission Control Center (USMCC) Operations, Maintenance, and Technical Support Services. Managed by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations, this work is primarily performed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland.
ERT today announced the award of a task order by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) to provide Tier-3 operational and preventive maintenance support services for the Geostationary Weather Satellite Antenna Systems (GWSAS). Under this contract, ERT will provide operational support and maintenance to supplement existing Tier-1 and -2 support, and will perform preventative maintenance services including upgrades, repairs, and replacements.
ERT today announced its selection as a Professional and Technical Services Fisheries Domain contract (ProTech-Fisheries) awardee. The company is now eligible to compete for individual task orders under this multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract whose primary clients will be the offices within NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.
Why not offer a referral bonus to folks outside of ERT? That was the question we asked ourselves. And, we decided that nothing was stopping us. So we developed the procedures and an online portal, and voila, the new External Referral Program was born! This program is the newest of ERT’s innovative strategies to find qualified candidates to fill our job openings.
ERT congratulates Tanushri Banerjee, Tehseen Khokhar, Dhanalaxmi Kotla, and Bruce Sailer for their continuing development and roll out of the Research Publication Tracking System (RPTS) for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The team received certificates of recognition during the Office of Science and Technology (OST) All Hands meeting on July 18, 2018. Signed by Dr. Franklin Schwing, Chief of the Science Information Division, and Dr.
ERT is pleased to announce that two of our scientists, Mike Kruk and Xungang Yin, contributed to the newly-released State of the Climate in 2017. Yin supported the chapter on precipitation and Kruk reviewed the section on the Eastern North Pacific, North Indian, and South Indian Ocean tropical cyclone season. Both work at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina, the organization charged with developing this crucial report.
ERT congratulates Joan McFarland for earning the June 2018 Outstanding Team Member of the Month Award from NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO). McFarland, the lead technical writer on the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) program, is being recognized as the “unifying force” for three recent major projects beyond the scope of her normal portfolio - all of which directly impacted the lifesaving capacity of the SARSAT system.
Earlier this week, ERT welcomed recent college graduates Alexa Kennedy and Meghan Russell. The company is funding their internships through the NASA DEVELOP program, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program which “addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.”
ERT was awarded a contract for project management and engineering services to help oversee and manage delivery of the Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring System (RFIMS), a new capability designed to prevent data loss in the NOAA satellite downlink due to shared frequency spectrum. ERT will work closely with the RFIMS developer to ensure the timely delivery of a fully-integrated system to the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service Office of Satellite Ground Services.
Dr. Bai Yang will present a poster during this week’s 33rd American Meteorological Society Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Yang, an Atmospheric Science Researcher supporting the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory Field Research Division in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is the author of “Assessment of Surface Flux Parameterizations in Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Using Eddy Covariance Measurements.” His presentation is scheduled for 5:15 PM on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in room 120 of the Boise Centre.
Several members of ERT’s executive leadership team are attending the Maryland Space Business Roundtable’s (MSBR) 23rd Annual Gala this evening. Held at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD, the gala features a dinner program and live entertainment, but the highlights of the evening are the ultra-competitive silent auction and top shelf raffle. As a corporate member of MSBR, ERT donated an item for the silent auction and is hosting a table during the dinner.
A team of nearly 20 ERT employees, family members and friends participated in the Fort McHenry Wetland Field Day on April 28, 2018, marking the company’s fifth year of support to this annual event. Sponsored by the National Aquarium and National Park Service, the event brings volunteers together to remove debris from the wetlands around the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. Data collected regarding the debris contributes to regional Project Clean Stream efforts by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
ERT’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jingli Yang, recently met this year’s recipient of a fellowship named in her honor at the University of Maryland – the Dr. Jingli Yang Geographical Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship. ERT’s sponsorship will enable Yi Zhang, a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate studying Geographical Information Science and Cartography, to conduct research over the summer semester. The two were introduced on May 2, 2018, at the UMD College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholarship and Donor Recognition Dinner.
ERT today announced the award of a task order by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Software Development Team (ASDT). Under this contract, ERT will provide system analysis and software engineering support for the design, development, testing, deployment, and documentation of AWIPS functionality.
ERT is proud to sponsor the 9th Biennial Education and Science Forum being held this week at Howard University’s main campus in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Howard University and the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, this year’s theme is “Partnering with Academia to Prepare Highly Skilled and Diverse Candidates for NOAA’s STEM Workforce: Building Successful Educational and Research Collaborations for an Inclusive NOAA Mission Enterprise.” For more information, please visit http://n
ERT today announced the award of its first task order under NOAA’s Professional and Technical Services (ProTech) Satellite Domain contract, Engineering Management Services 3.0 (EMS 3.0), which will begin on April 9, 2018. This contract has a one-year base period of performance with four one-year option periods. If all options are exercised, the contract will end in April 2023.
ERT today announced the appointment of David “Dave” Sherry as Chief Operating Officer. In this role Mr. Sherry, who brings over 30 years of experience leading strategic business units and overseeing a broad range of business functions, is responsible for the management and oversight of the company’s entire contract portfolio. Spanning multiple federal agencies including NOAA, NASA, and USACE, ERT’s work includes a broad range of science, engineering, environmental management, and IT efforts.
ERT congratulates Alex Atkinson and Cassie Lovall, winners of the new Habitaty peer award from the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation. There are seven distinct categories of this award, each named after a type of habitat and designated for a specific characteristic or achievement.
ERT today announced the appointment of Hugh Johnson as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Johnson, who brings 35 years of information technology experience, is responsible for promoting best practices in IT and data management across ERT programs, as well as ensuring the performance of ERT’s IT management practice.
Randy TeBeest joined ERT in December 2017 as Vice President, Environmental Services. In this role, he manages a business unit whose contracts primarily support NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
ERT is pleased to announce that we’re once again sponsoring the Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s annual dinner reception on Monday, January 8, 2018. Held in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting, the purpose of this dinner is to foster communications and networking among Chinese professionals. In addition to COAA members, delegates from the Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Meteorological Administration are expected to attend.
ERT is pleased to announce multiple corporate sponsorships related to the upcoming 98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
For the second consecutive year, ERT has sponsored a short course related to our work on the Joint Polar Satellite System. “Using JPSS Data Products to Observe and Forecast Major Environmental Events” will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the Austin Convention Center. This course offers a combination of lecture, hands-on activities, and short talks on the evaluation of new JPSS data products.