The “Night Hawks” Robotics Team 614 of Fairfax County Schools visited MTEQ headquarters. They gave us a presentation about their future endeavors and goals, and in turn received a lab tour of all the ‘robots’ of MTEQ.
Megan Moulton -Freshman English major at Christopher Newport University (CNU), Maddie Williams – Sophomore Physics major at Auburn University, Michelle Werner – Junior Math major also at CNU, and Eduardo Davila – Junior Computer Engineering major at Virginia Tech, formed the team that Mary Williams, MTEQ President tasked for a “special research project.”
The project the interns were given to complete during their winter break required that they “make something move” with the power of their minds. The team started with an Emotive Insight portable, wearable 5 channel EEG headset and accompanying software package.
The headset allows a user’s real time brainwave activity to be translated into actual or virtual action. Through “training” their brain using the headset, the team members learned how different stimuli corresponded to activity in different parts of the brain. The headset is also able to recognize different facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, etc., and the user can turn these expressions into control of both virtual and actual objects. In addition, the headset is equipped with a built in gyroscope which could be used to operate a number of devices.
The object to be moved was a Parrot AR drone. While Parrot drones are designed to be controlled from a smartphone, tablet, or computer, they are not out of the box designed to be operated by an Emotive EEG headset. The team would have to become familiar with the capabilities and functionality of the headset, the operating parameters of the drone, the abilities of their own brains, and would also have to write some code. Standard problems of working in a team would also need to be resolved. They would need to inventory their individual abilities, parcel out the tasks needing to be completed in order to meet the goal, come up with solutions to setbacks that are part of any project, and of course there was a hard deadline that could not be moved to the right. School was going to start back on time.
On January 6th in front of MTEQ, Inc. Headquarters staff the team presented their project. Describing the goal of their project, problems faced, and lessons learned they gave a very professional and detailed presentation. The grand finale, of course, was the flight demonstration. Launching from the MTEQ Boardroom table, the drone was piloted around the room and brought in for a successful landing.
The interns have returned to school now and are immersed back into college life. MTEQ headquarters is a quieter place. Summer time looms however and the interns will return for their next project. Who knows, maybe a suit made of metal that allows the wearer to fly?
The Honorable Rob Whittman, Congressman from Virginia’s 1st District visited MTEQ’s manufacturing and production facility on 7 March 2016. The Congressman is working with and helping Small Businesses from his district understand the opportunities for working with and doing business with the Federal Government. MTEQ’s President Mary Williams, Printed Circuit Board Production Manager Greg Demeo, and Kurt Mortensen provided a tour of MTEQ’s manufacturing facilities in Kilmarnock, VA.
Mary Williams, President MTEQ, is participating on the Cyber security for Advanced Manufacturing (CFAM) leadership panel. The CFAM is a study by a Joint Working Group of Government representatives and members of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Objectives of the CFAM include identifying the types and boundaries of cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences in the manufacturing environment and define actions to mitigate those risks.
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane has awarded MTEQ a 5 year IDIQ contract to provide prototypes of advanced sensors and sensor systems in support of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Force Protection missions. MTEQ Engineering Services Division and Manufacturing Services Division will work in concert to provide research, design, development, and prototyping of new technology items, modified piece parts, subsystem components, and systems as required by the contract, and per each Delivery Order (DO) and Task Order (TO).
August 2015 – MTEQ has recently concluded our Summer 2015 Internship Program. Each summer, MTEQ invites top-performers from a wide range of academic disciplines to join our team. For three months, interns work side-by-side with our staff of engineers and scientists as MTEQ pursues new discoveries and provides critical services to the United States Government. At the end of their internship, students are invited to give a presentation on their project of focus, discussing what they’ve learned and what they’ve achieved over the past three months. MTEQ at once provides students with scientific challenges and a fostering environment within which to progress. As result, we have students return summer after summer, and several have joined our team full time upon graduation.
This summer, MTEQ had the pleasure of hosting seven interns who came to us from several different schools and a variety of disciplines.
MTEQ would like to thank all these students on their hard work this past summer. We hope to work with them again in 2016!
Team 614 Robotics Club visits MTEQ’s Technical Services Division to present business plan. A local robotics club, comprised of business, science, engineering and creative oriented students, met with MTEQ’s engineering and business staff to market their ideas to potential community partners.
The Team 614 Robotics Club from Hayfield Secondary School is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The robotics club builds wireless controlled robots and competes at nation-wide robotic competitions.
Anyone who has visited or lived in the Washington metro area knows that traffic is a part of life and getting from point A to point B can at times be exceptionally challenging. But when the Armed Services Blood Bank Center mobile team from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., was involved in a traffic accident just a few miles from their destination on Fort Belvoir, Va., the day proved to be even more challenging than anyone had originally thought.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident; but a blood drive with a full schedule was due to start just an hour later, putting an entire day of blood collections on the line.
The blood drive team was on their way to a blood drive sponsored and hosted by the 300 Area Compound of Fort Belvoir, home to a number of Department of Defense agencies including the Communications- Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate.
The work of CERDEC and NVESD is focused on research and development of technologies to support our nation’s war fighters. In 2014, they began sponsoring blood drives with the Armed Services Blood Program as an extension of their support for service members in harm’s way.
Their support of the ASBP blood drives is no different than their dedication to their directorate’s mission. When they were notified of the accident and learned that the ASBBC staff was safe — albeit stranded — staff members from the 300 Area Compound immediately took action and came to the rescue.
Mike Olin, chief of NVESD’s Facilities and Equipment Management Operations Division, immediately sent a driver with a passenger van to rescue the stranded mobile blood drive team at the site of the accident — on a congested highway intersection during morning rush hour.
“We had a lot of phones calls and fires to put out as a result of the accident and hearing Mr. Olin say, ‘No worries, we’re coming to get you.’ was such a relief!” said Leyla Beshir, ASBBC mobile operations officer.
Knowing the delay from the accident could potentially affect collections, they quickly got the blood drive team to the site and rounded up a team of people to help unload the equipment.
“When we learned that the ASBP crew was involved in an accident, the good news was that everyone was OK. But the bad news was that there was a strong possibility the blood drive event could be cancelled, or at the very least, start late,” Olin said. “I work on a team with folks that make things happen; they are used to providing rapid response support. So getting folks together to ensure that the blood drive was not cancelled was simple.”
“We were just amazed how quickly they came to pick our team up and then went above and beyond by helping us unload our truck,” said Finola Brophy-Houlihan, mobile operations team nurse. “The donors were very patient and understanding of our delayed start and kept their commitment to donate blood. They are an amazing group of people and they literally saved the day!”
Without their help, there certainly would have been a significant delay for the blood drive which could have caused a short-fall in collections for the day.
“Their quick action and support of our mission changed the way our day would have otherwise ended,” said Navy Lt. Michael Collins, director of the ASBBC. “Thank you to the 300 area of Fort Belvoir for going above and beyond to support our mission!”
“It’s an easy decision to provide assistance to the Armed Services Blood Program. They save Soldiers’ lives,” Olin said. “How can you not support that?”
To view the original version on Armer Services Blood Program, visit:http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/viewcontent.aspx?con_id_pk=1780
George Ax joins MTEQ with 25 years of experience with electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems and technology R&D. He will be the Vice President, Programs and Technology at MTEQ. Mr. Ax will manage a portfolio of system and technology development programs encompassing EO/IR sensors and exploitation systems. He will oversee development of MTEQ’s Program Management discipline and career family, ensuring compliance to contractual requirements and industry best practices for managing complex development and high-technology services programs while offering professional program managers professional growth and recognition. Mr. Ax also will share responsibility for development and execution of a Company technology strategy and fostering of core competencies that provide sustainable competitive advantages in the aerospace and defense market for EO/IR systems.