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 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 thrilled to welcome its newest team member, William Yessen! William grew up in California, where he received a BA in mathematics from California State University, Northridge in 2007, followed by a PhD in mathematics in 2013. His PhD focused on connections between statistical physics and dynamical systems. After receiving the PhD, he won the NSF postdoctoral research fellowship to continue his research at Rice university, where he remained as a postdoc researcher for 2.5 years. He moved to oil and gas industry in 2016, where he designed and developed large scale signal processing software, exploiting his background in mathematics and computer science. After 18 months in oil and gas, he was delighted to receive an offer from METECS.

William is generally interested software design and architecture, high performance computing, performance optimization. When not busy at work, he spends time with his family, read, play music, and run/hike.

Welcome aboard William!




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!




Travis has a Bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University, both in software engineering. He has 7 years of development experience from a broad range of projects and platforms including desktop GUIs, mobile apps, websites, continuous integration, and automated testing. Prior to METECS, Travis worked at a Boeing subsidiary in the field of software-defined radio and at UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics as a research associate. He also previously interned at Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Application Center, where he studied then-emerging Augmented Reality (AR) technology.




METECS is excited to welcome Yan Zhao to the team!  Yan received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science in 2005 from Harbin Institute of Technology in China.  Before joining METECS, he worked as a C++ compiler developer at the University of Houston and developed intermediate representation (IR) language in the Clang compiler.  He also worked as a C++ developer in Fidelis-Group to develop a simulation engine.  He is an expert in C/C++ languages, and has published two books about each of them.  In addition, he translated two other C++ language books from English to Chinese.  Welcome aboard, Yan!


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