METECS is excited to welcome its newest team member, Phuong Nguyen! Phuong graduated with a B.S in Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston – Clear Lake. After working on a variety of software projects, she finished a M.S in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude from American Sentinel University (American College of Computer & Information Sciences). Her first co-op work was creating C parser programs to analyze Space Shuttle Assembly language programs using Live Parsing editor at IBM Houston. After graduation, she participated in a database application and engine development for telecoms, storage companies, and then moved to IT companies for software development to test hardware and verify configuration that automates manufacturing processes. She was also involved in writing server applications for resource partitioning and management before switching to energy companies where she concentrated on desktop tools and applications to automate generating GUIs, client deliverables including images, movies, reports by embedding GUI Objects in the vendor software, and automating the workflow of CoreHD operations on CT images. Additionally, she helped write software to archive acquisition data in various seismic industry standard formats where she was one of the pioneers in the software development group implementing seismic viewer applications using third party SDKs and the image processing using OpenCV. Welcome, Phuong!




METECS is excited to welcome Mini Chacko to the team! Mini graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information systems from University of Houston, Clear Lake, and has 16 years of experience as a Software Engineer in developing, integrating, and testing simulation software for Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS), and Orion projects. The most recent project she worked on is Training Systems for the 21st century (TS21) for International Space Station, where she integrated models and simulation software in JSC Trick based simulation framework, implemented and integrated Binary/ASCII checkpoint with fully integrated International Space Station (ISS), Communication and Tracking Network Simulation (CTNS), and H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) simulations with User Support Systems, created and executed automated test plans, use cases, and scripts using Jenkins to identify and uncover intermittent issues leading to schedule slippage of TS21 testing and verification.




Hurricane Harvey Response

As the Houston area slowly emerges following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, METECS would like to express our support for those affected by the storm.  The scale of this storm means that everyone knows someone affected in some way.

We would also like to share how happy we are with the response of the Houston and JSC community during this turbulent time. Some of our employees, customers and subcontractors were significantly affected and we are very appreciative of the support of neighbors, co-workers, organizations, and the Johnson Space Center.  We look forward to working with them to help restore their working and living conditions back to normal.





METECS is excited to welcome Ben Vizena to the team. Ben is a recent graduate of Lamar University
where he earned undergraduate degrees in Physics and Computer Science. While at Lamar, he helped
develop software that determines air pollution levels from photographs using computer vision and
machine learning techniques. Prior to joining METECS, Ben interned at Applied Research in Acoustics
where he worked on acoustic simulation software. His spare time is spent tinkering, rock climbing, and
backpacking. Welcome Ben!





METECS is excited to welcome Sondra Del Sardo to the team!  Sondra graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University followed by a M.S. in Biology from S.W. Texas State University (now Texas State).  She has over 17 years of NASA contracting experience and spent the last 15 years as the Office Manager for her previous company. Welcome aboard, Sondra!





METECS is excited to welcome Brandon Bennett to the team. Brandon is a native Houstonian who studied music performance at Hardin-Simmons University. For the last twelve years he has worked for some of the largest corporations in Houston and around the world, designing award-winning 3D animations and simulations as well as developing immersive, interactive exhibits. Welcome aboard Brandon!




METECS is excited to welcome Jonathan Brandenburg. Jonathan graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University followed by a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He began his career at General Dynamics working on F-16 mission planning software then shifted to consulting with a focus on document and records management. He is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and volunteers with the Amateur Satellite Corporation of North America to develop and launch amateur communication satellites. He holds FAA Advanced Ground Instructor, Airplane Single Engine Land, and Remote Pilot certificates. Any spare time is filled learning to play the guitar, learn to use his CNC lathe and mill, build robots, and cook as much as possible on two Big Green Eggs. Welcome Jonathan!




METECS is very excited to welcome 5 interns to our team this summer!  Andy Hudson will be starting his freshman year at UT Dallas.  He has been making games and simulations for about 8 years and wants to go into research in machine learning.  Braeden Kennedy is an incoming senior in the Turing Scholars Computer Science Honors program at UT Austin where he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and developing video games in his spare time.  He has won Best in Show at a Game Jam for their VR game.  Lorenzo attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in robotics.  Nihal Dhamani is a Computer Science and Astronomy major at UT Austin and loves working on various coding projects.  Joshua Neu is going into his 4th year at John Brown University pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering and was part of a robotics team prototyping a cable-robot for NASA last summer.  These interns will spend the summer working on fun and technically challenging projects in the areas of mixed reality, dynamics, software, and RFID technology.  We are looking forward to an exciting and productive summer with Andy, Braeden, Lorenzo, Nihal, and Joshua!




Deep is a recent graduate from the University of Texas where he obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.  As an undergraduate student, he worked on a software-defined GNSS receiver and developed a driver-recognition algorithm capable of identifying drivers based on their habits.  As a graduate student, Deep worked on synthesizing correct-by-construction control protocols with applications in aircraft power/thermal management systems and in human-robot interaction.  In his spare time, Deep enjoys reading and playing sports (tennis, frisbee and cricket). Welcome Deep!




METECS is excited to welcome the newest member to the team, Sanjay Joshi. He has a PhD and a couple of post-docs in different areas of Computational Mechanics. For last 13 years he has worked for different companies in Houston and developed software for structural and marine analysis of fixed and floating offshore structures. Welcome Sanjay!


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