The Neptec Design Group based in Ottawa was one of four recipients of the prestigious annual George M. Low Award presented by NASA and the first non-U.S. company to win the award.
NASA presented its premier honor for quality and performance to Neptec and the other companies as they share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety and customer service.
Neptec received the award in the small business product category for the development of machine vision products that operate in hostile space environments in support of the Space Shuttle Program at Johnson.
“I want to congratulate Neptec on their outstanding performance over the past few years and also congratulations on winning the George M. Low Award – Congratulations,” said John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program Manager. “Neptec has been a great partner with NASA and the Space Shuttle Program. We count on Neptec and their Engineers to help us bring home the vehicle safely each flight.”
According to NASA the Low award demonstrates NASA’s commitment to promoting excellence and continual improvement by challenging it contractor community to be a global benchmark of quality management practices.
“We are honoured to receive the George M. Low Award from NASA,” said Christie. “It is a recognition not only of the value of our technology and talent and creativity of our people, but also a recognition of their unwavering commitment to quality, to their attention to detail and to their commitment to working in partnership with our customers to solve really tough problems when it really counts.”
The award was established in 1985 as NASA’s Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity. It was renamed in 1990 in memory of George M. Low, an outstanding leader with a strong commitment to quality products and workforce during his 27-year tenure at the agency. Low was NASA’s deputy administrator from 1969 to1976 and a leader in the early development of space programs.