Sonja Maclin Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1600


September 18, 1995

RELEASE: 95-154 NASA MINORITY CONTRACTORS OF THE YEAR NAMED NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin has named two small firms as minority contractor and subcontractor of the year for their outstanding contributions to the nation's space program. Mnemonic Systems, Inc. (MSI), Washington, DC, was named NASA Minority Contractor of the Year and MEVATEC Inc., Huntsville, AL, was named NASA Minority Subcontractor of the Year. "These two firms are on the cutting edge of technology and are indicative of industry's diversity and talent which contributes so greatly to the success and future of NASA. They represent a cadre of bold and innovative high technology small businesses that NASA will continue to seek," Goldin said. MSI, nominated by NASA Headquarters, was recognized for developing an Agencywide Distributed Environment (ADE), a system that integrates the computing resources of all NASA Centers. Artis G. Isaac is President and CEO of MSI and has led the firm in its growth over the past six years from 28 employees to a projected 250 employees by year's end. MEVATEC Inc., nominated by Sverdrup Technology, Inc., under contract to the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, was recognized for innovative science such as the development of the Optical Transient Detector, an infrared lightning detector. The OTD was calibrated by MEVATEC engineers in a facility specifically designed for this purpose. In May of this year, the OTD was launched in a low-Earth orbit and began sending down scientific information on the occurrences and phenomenon of lightning.

Nancy Archuleta, President and CEO, has spearheaded MEVATEC's growth from a five-person family business in 1988 to a 275-person operation today. -more-

-2NASA will host an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, September 26, in the NASA Headquarters Auditorium, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. During the ceremony, Goldin will officially recognize the two firms as well as, Bernard Pagliaro and Janet Jew of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and Dr. Sunil Dutta of the Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, for their significant contributions to NASA's small and minority business program. The ceremony will be open to the public with a reception immediately following. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe press-release" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. Questions should be directed to (202) 358-4043.