5 December 2012: Athena Chairs Panel at IEEE Smart Grid World Forum
Geneva, Switzerland - Athena President, Dan McCaugherty, served as chair for the Smart Grid Vision Panel at the 2012 IEEE Smart Grid World Forum in Geneva Switzerland. The panel session consisted of briefings and discussions of the IEEE Smart Grid Vision research projects performed by the IEEE Power and Energy, Computer, Communications, Controls, and Intelligent Transportation Systems Societies. As project manager for the IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, Mr. McCaugherty briefed the Smart Grid Vision for Computing. According to Mr. McCaugherty, "The IEEE Smart Grid Vision Projects look at the role future technology is expected to play in realizing the goals of a more reliable, resilient, secure, efficient, and environmentally cleaner Smart Power Grid. The Smart Grid Projects consist of international experts from industry, academia, and government with each preparing a peer reviewed research report. These Smart Grid Vision reports will help to guide researchers, policymakers, and educators in the advancement of technology considered valuable to the future Smart Grid. Athena is grateful for the opportunity to participate in this IEEE effort and globally important issue."
18 February 2011: Athena employee receives NASA award for Test Capability
Fairmont, West Virginia - Athena employee Dan Nawrocki received a NASA Group Achievement Award for his role in the development of the Independent Test Capability in support of the NASA software Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program. The ITC provides an adaptable software test environment for the IV&V program. According to the award citation, “The ITC Team's efforts can best be described as an engineering feat, finding success where others could not”, “The ITC Team met all of their 2010 milestones below cost”, and “The ITC Team has utilized Agency knowledge and resources, collaboration opportunities, and past lessons to produce a new analytical capability for IV&V and Agency projects”.
The scope of the ITC work includes the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS), International Space Station (ISS), and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Projects. In addition, the ITC team is now working with the Kedalion test laboratory to ensure effective IV&V analysis for future human space flight software.