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Aerodyne Trio honored at JSC Awards Banquet in Galveston


(L to R): Lee Williams, Aerodyne’s Chief Operating Officer, Gabrielle Haigler, 2021 JETS Presidents Award recipient, and JETS Teammate Principal, Robin Osborn.

HOUSTON, TX (March 2022) — Aerodyne Industries LLC presented its President’s Award for 2021 to Gabrielle Haigler for her outstanding support to the JSC Engineering Technology and Science (JETS) contract at Johnson Space Center at the annual JETS Awards Banquet held at the Galveston Convention Center on March 25, 2022.


Gabrielle, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) Project Manager (PM) and Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Project Engineer, was one of a trio of Aerodyne employees recognized. Brendan Luksik and Jackie Vu were also honored for Best Technical Paper Engineering and Superior Performance-Individual respectively.


The JETS President’s Award, which is given annually to an Aerodyne Industries employee supporting the JETS Contract, was presented by Lee Williams, Aerodyne’s Chief Operating Officer, and Robin Osborn, JETS Teammate Principal. The recipient is chosen based on accomplishments that best demonstrate the qualities of technical performance, management performance, customer service excellence and community involvement.


“At a high-level, Gabrielle excels at everything that she does (Project Engineer, Project Manager, communications, etc.), but more specifically, it is unusual to see this level of mastery in early career employees,” said Section Manager, Rachel Brady. “She has extraordinary attention to detail and, although it might sound cliché, a truly positive attitude.”


Gabrielle’s proficiency has resulted in more tasks and responsibilities assigned to her. She provided extraordinary support to the previous Project Manager for the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED), who leaned on her for overflow PM tasks on ARED, where she was serving as PE. In her more recent role as PM for the Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), she has a great relationship with her NASA customer and has been training a backup.


“I am extremely honored to have received the prestigious Aerodyne President’s Award and was honestly very surprised when I heard my name called that night. I am proud to be able to represent Aerodyne and grateful for the recognition I received for my work on the JETS contract. I want to recognize my mentors for helping me grow in my career and sincerely thank the company for its continued support and this recognition,” said Gabrielle.


“Gabrielle, your technical expertise, leadership, professionalism, and dedication are all ideals that Aerodyne Industries highly values in employees and therefore you are now being recognized with the 2021 Aerodyne Industries President’s Award,” said Aerodyne CEO Andy Allen.


(L to R): Joy Kelly, Jacobs VP and GM, honoree Brendan Luksik, and Paul Nemeth, Deputy Program Manager for JETS.

Brendan Luksik was recognized for his contributions to a paper titled “Gatekeeper, A Reliable Reconfiguration Protocol for Real-Time Ethernet Networks.” The paper dives deep into the strengths and weaknesses of the Ethernet System. Brendan presented the paper at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) in San Antonio, TX last fall.


“I’m honored with the recognition and feel incredibly blessed to have had such great co-authors to elevate the paper. The research has been extremely useful in developing key concepts of the Gateway Program’s networking strategy, and, since this was originally part of my thesis work, it holds a special value to me. So, it’s very nice to see it recognized among the JETS 2021 body of work,” said Brendan.


Pictured: Jackie Vu

Jackie Vu was recognized for her efforts in the migration of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate (EISD) SharePoint. Jackie was instrumental in identifying and addressing setbacks that had previously gone unnoticed. As a result of her hard work, many issues were addressed before the migration allowing for a seamless transition with no impact to users.

About Aerodyne Industries LLC


Aerodyne Industries LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that was established in 2006 by CEO Andrew "Andy" Allen. We are headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL with a primary focus on serving NASA programs and resolving NASA’s most challenging technical issues.

A seasoned business executive and program manager, Mr. Allen is a former Marine aviator who has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft. He is also a veteran NASA astronaut, Space Shuttle Pilot and Mission Commander.


Aerodyne Industries is a sub-contractor supporting the JSC Engineering Technology and Science (JETS) contract at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. We provide engineering, technology and science services in support of the International Space Station, Orion, Advanced Exploration Systems, the Chief Technologist and Commercial Crew and Cargo, and Mars Science Laboratory science research and operations.


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