Monthly event a learning experience
The once-a-month gathering has been growing in attendance, as well as the scope of subjects that are covered. It's an opportunity to learn about the activities of the high-tech members of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology and other organizations at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
It's called, simply enough, "Lunch and Learn."
"This program was created through analysis associated with MSET's recent strategic planning process," said Charlie Beasley, MSET president and CEO. "We've held meetings or seminars in the past with featured speakers, but not with such structure, focus and regularity. You can count on MSET featuring a topic that's in demand on the second Thursday of each month."
The speaker on December 8th will be Bob Arnone from the Naval Research Laboratory's Oceanography Division, who will present information on the remote sensing and optics programs and projects of NRL-Stennis.
Launched in May 2010, the series was originally designed as a way to familiarize participants with the companies that are members of MSET, an incubator and technology transfer office at SSC, and that remains a primary reason for the event.
But MSET members have suggested other speakers from outside organizations, and the first one was from NASA from the office of the chief of technology in June 2010. Over the past few months the series has had speakers from outside of MSET, including the Naval Research Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, Naval Oceanographic Office and other SSC organizations.
Lunch and Learns, which originally attracted about a dozen people, now averages 30, though the number of participants has reached as high as 66. Many participants are managers and procurement specialists, and while most are from Mississippi and Louisiana, the lunch has been attended by people from Alabama, Georgia and Texas.
Laurie Jugan, a consultant who works for MSET, said that one of the interesting things she's noticed is that with the variety of activities at SSC, it's been a real learning experience finding out what organizations do at the facility.
"There are so many organizations at Stennis, we could go a couple of years before we did a repeat," she said. Lunch and Learn is different because there are very few opportunities where people simply get up and exchange information like this.
The real benefit is linking companies that may not have been aware of each other. In September, for example, Al Watkins from A2Research talked about the company's activities, which includes managing laboratory services at SSC.
Watkins pointed out at the time that the company was looking for collaborative partners to utilize the laboratory services, as well as in other A2R contract activities, proposals and business ventures. One of the people at that Lunch and Learn that day was John Cousins, program manager of Raytheon Technical Services, which is involved in data collection and integrating sensors and communication systems on unmanned vehicles.
"That's how I found out about them," said Cousins, who said a recent proposal his company submitted involves A2Research as a subcontractor. He credits the Lunch and Learn with providing the information "that in this case later sort of clicked."
"I think they're very beneficial," Cousins said about the Lunch and Learn.
Plans are already coming together for next year's speakers. In January, a representative from Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss., is scheduled to address the group. MSET is also talking to the Navy's Stennis-based Special Boat Team 22 about a presentation, perhaps as early as February, on the next generation of sensors and vehicles that will be needed by special operations.
Held at the Herman Glazier Conference Room in Building 1103, there is no charge for MSET companies or affiliate program participants, and guests cover their lunch costs. Importantly, the presentation also allows time for a question and answer session.
But the Lunch and Learn event won't forget its original purpose. Jugan said that in the past few months talks have been focused on networking among MSET companies, and that will continue. "We are trying to do that once or twice a year," she said. - David Tortorano
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MSET Introduces New Client Companies
Over the past few months, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) has seen positive business activity at Stennis Space Center. Several new tenants have been accepted into building 1103, and others have joined MSET as part of the new Affiliate Program. New to the Stennis community and MSET facility are Marstel-Day Conservation and Consulting, Metters Incorporated, Pontchartrain Partners, and Proteus Technologies LLC. New Affiliate clients include AGJ Systems & Networks, Information Management Resources Inc., New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, and T. Baker Smith LLC. MSET encourages the Stennis community to welcome these quality businesses to the site. The companies are described below.
Marstel-Day is an idea-driven, value-based environmental company offering green consulting to the public and private sectors. They provide clients with concepts, strategies and plans of action for landscape-scale conservation of natural resources, climate adaptation, energy planning and "net zero" strategies, water security, smart growth and transportation, and the management of issues relating to encroachment pressures on government and private lands, open space and habitat. Marstel-Day is a woman-owned, small, certified HUBZone business with multiple prime contract vehicles (see www.Marstel-Day.com) and offices in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, VA, Oakland, CA.
Metters Incorporated provides integrated technical solutions to the Federal Government and the Department of Defense. They cover a broad range of technical services including enterprise IT solutions, cybersecurity, logistics and systems engineering, and simulation and training systems to meet our customers' unique requirements. Their motto: Metters Incorporated - Quality Driven Solutions. Metters is a subcontractor to Hewlett Packard under the recently awarded NASA Agency Consolidated End-User Services (ACES) contract. More information can be found at www.metters.com.
Pontchartrain Partners, LLC is a design and construction firm from New Orleans, LA. They are a Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) small business that specializes in Federal projects. Jacobs recently awarded Pontchartrain the demolition of an instrumentation tower at B-Complex. For details on other projects, including quality assurance, project management, and contract administration for a U.S. Army Corps levee and floodwall construction for St. Bernard Parish, see their website www.pontchpartners.com .
Proteus Technologies, LLC (PTL) is a small business founded by Mr. Sean Griffin to develop and manufacture complex instrumentation systems particularly suited for the marine environments. PTL integrates complex systems of cutting edge technologies with sophisticated processing and can rapidly bring these systems to the prototype stage. Recent projects include a harbor security sub-bottom profiler with receive directionality, a sector scan and pencil beam acoustic imaging system with quadraped deployment frame and a commercial, intrinsically safe, precision thermometer. For information on other project, visit www.proteustechnology.com.
Additionally, MSET recently introduced an Affiliate Program, designed to formally provide services to companies operating outside of the Stennis gates. More information on all MSET programs can be found at www.mset.org.
AGJ Systems & Networks is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and is headquartered in its recently constructed 9000 square foot facility in Gulfport, Mississippi. In its 10th year of operation, AGJ is certified partners with technology leaders such as Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems. AGJ specializes in network design/management and system integration for small to medium business and tier two and three consulting for larger companies including Local, State, and Federal government. AGJ can be found on both GSA Schedule IT 70 and the Mississippi State EPL. More details can be found at www.agjsystems.com.
Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI) is an AS9100 Certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman Owned Corporation with GSA Schedule 70 and 8(a) STARS vehicles. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, IMRI provides an across-the-board selection of professional engineering and information technology services that combine to deliver complete, fully integrated solutions. IMRI is currently serving as the contractor for the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS) center at Stennis. More information on IMRI can be found at www.imri.com.
New Horizons, a Veteran Owned Small Business, is the world's leading independent information technology training company. Located in New Orleans and Biloxi, New Horizons has trained more than 25 million students in their nearly 30 years of operation while maintaining the highest quality scores in the industry. New Horizons offers a variety of delivery options to meet our clients' busy schedules. They can assist in compliance with DOD 8570 needs and other certifications such as VMWARE, CISCO , MICROSOFT and ORACLE. Their open enrollment schedule can be found at www.newhorizons-no.com and for more information about our Stennis schedule please contact Joshua Teixidor at 504-849-6609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a century, T. Baker Smith has been providing urban planning, regulatory compliance, onshore, near shore and offshore surveying, as well as engineering and GIS/Mapping solutions to clients. With over 270 associates, T. Baker Smith has offices in Houma, Thibodaux, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Houston. Recently known for their part in the development and deployment of the rigid pipeline booms designed and built in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, T. Baker Smith serves the oil and gas exploration, pipeline, industrial, land development, and government markets. For additional information, visit their website at www.tbsmith.com.
December 8, 2011
MSET Lunch & Learn
Glazier Conference, Bldg 1103, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
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MSET's New Look for the Future
The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) now has a new look in their logo - a direct result of their recent strategic planning project funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Mississippi Development Authority. "The more streamlined logo better represents our new, more modern and innovative approach to supporting our clients," said Charlie Beasley, President and CEO. "Support to new, emerging, and existing businesses in today's world is much more personalized, not a 'one size fits all' solution."
Through work led by the Board of Directors, the staff, and strategic planning consultants, MSET took account of its overall effectiveness and sustainability and began implementing a forward-looking approach to increase its value to clients and stakeholders. MSET's mission is to facilitate regional economic development by leveraging the resources of Stennis Space Center, the State, and the region to foster business opportunities among public and private entities - a recognition of the broad and regional impact MSET has had and strives to increase through collaboration, service excellence, and innovation. The 17-year-old non-profit corporation's primary functions involve business incubation, technology transfer and utilization, and specific economic development initiatives.
"The new logo is a symbol of progression for the organization," said Beasley. "In the upcoming weeks, we will be releasing our new website; new materials will follow as well." MSET has been working on the installation of new programs focused toward customer and stakeholder requests. For example, through a client survey, MSET learned that clients needed more insight into Stennis agencies and opportunities; therefore, a monthly Lunch & Learn Program was created and has been well-attended. Speakers provide timely information about featured projects, programs, and opportunities within their organizations.
MSET's strategic plan is backed by numerous tactics meant to achieve measureable goals for the non-profit. "We put together a dynamic implementation document based on best practices and have been able to see progress as new initiatives get a taste of success," indicated Beasley. "We are moving in a good direction and realize MSET must always be able to adapt to client needs and changing circumstances. The logo recreation and the planning work - those are just initial steps in reaching our goals. We are excited about the work of the future." More information about MSET can be obtained at www.mset.org.
About Mississippi Enterprise for Technology
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is a unique economic development organization within Stennis Space Center.
MSET is also a technology transfer office and incubator uniquely positioned to grow companies by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.
The organization is charged with developing and attracting new business and employment opportunities to John C. Stennis Space Center and the region.
The organization seeks to improve and strengthen the center's business climate utilizing business resources from the region. For more information on MSET, or to see upcoming events visit www.mset.org.
Stennis Business & Technology Digest
Stennis Space Center is a well know landmark on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but not many people truly understand what really goes on inside the secure gates of the 1400 acre campus.
Originally established as a rocket engine test center for NASA, Stennis today, is one of the largest federal cities in the nation. Over 30 federal and state agencies as well as a variety of companies involved in a host of fields. The variety is surprising from space-related work to riverine warfare training and more.
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is a business incubator and technology transfer office located at Stennis. More recently MSET took on the additional job of playing a role in the economic development of Stennis Space Center. As part of this role, MSET wants to do what it can to tell the Stennis Space Center story. That means highlighting the accomplishments, successes and innovative work of the organizations located at Stennis Space Center. But in an age of information overload, it's a challenge simply to be heard above all the noise.
MSET decided to create the Stennis Business and Technology Digest, a news feed communicating some of the activities that occur at Stennis Space Center, not just at MSET. This is in no way a bid to usurp the separate communications activities of the various organizations at Stennis. We see the news feed as a vehicle to insure those valuable communications reach a wider audience.
MSET monitors and pulls together in digest form all the announcements and notices coming from NASA, the Navy, NOAA, the universities and any of the other organizations that call Stennis home. The news is provided in a brief format, with links to the original source of the information.
You'll be amazed by the contributions made by Stennis Space Center that benefit the region, the nation and the world. Visit the MSET Web site Home page to subscribe to the news feed and increase your understanding of Stennis Space Center.