Logical-R Team Member Patricia Zuno Hosts Student for Silver Oak High School Student Internship Partnership

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Logical-R Team member Patricia Zuno (left) recently hosted a student from the Silver Oak High School Student Internship Partnership (center).  As a member of the NASA Ames Contractor Council (ACC), Zuno brought her student intern to the ACC Monthly Meeting to give a presentation on the opportunity for companies to host a Montessori Student Intern.

Silver Oak High School is a small Public Charter Montessori Secondary Program which offers a tuition-free Montessori education in Hayward, CA.

During the presentation, the student intern described her unique experience working with Logical-R, JV, a company formed by long-term partners Logical Innovations, Inc. and REDE, Inc. which provides financial support services to NASA Ames Research Center under the Financial Support Services (FSS) contract.  Recently, Booz Allen Hamilton joined the company to form Logical-R Team.

The student expressed that this internship provided the opportunity to tour the Ames campus, presented the chance to meet and interview with personnel ranging from chiefs to pilots to historians, and taught her more about NASA’s mission and current work.  In thanking Zuno, She expressed that the mentorship helped pull her out of her comfort zone, showing her the benefits of doing such, and expressed that Zuno helped show her that work can be enjoyable.

Logical Innovations and Logical-R Team would like to thank Patricia Zuno for her dedication to the NASA and Ames missions, to the Ames Contractor Council, and to the future workforce by participating in such a valuable and impactful program!

Photo and Information credit:  Ames Contractor Council Blog

-The Logical Blogger

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27th Citizens for Space Exploration Trip to Washington D.C.

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to take part in the 27th Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE) advocacy trip to Washington D.C. on behalf of Logical Innovations, Inc.  For the past 27 years, a group of citizens from industry and students pursuing degrees in STEM programs from universities have traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress to lobby for support of human space exploration programs.

During the approval phase of the International Space Station (ISS), Congress only approved funding by one vote.  That means we were one vote away from never having ISS as a space exploration resource and testbed.  It is entirely possible that the advocacy of the CSE group helped sway enough votes through constituency interest for ISS to become a reality.

This year, we returned to ask to complete Orion, the Space Launch System (SLS), and the Deep-Space Lunar Gateway; to fund space exploration programs as set forth by the 2017 NASA Authorization Act; to utilize ISS as the unique laboratory it is and extend its mission beyond 2024, providing an opportunity for commercial companies; and support NASA’s commercial space systems to reduce U.S dependence on Russia for launching astronauts and cargo.

We focused our messages to strike a chord with each Representative or Senator’s district and constituents by showing how NASA’s human exploration programs benefit specific industries tied to their voters.  Of course, as in most cases, we did not have to try too hard to get people excited when talking about NASA and space exploration.

In my own group of CSE participants, we had a student from Stanford University studying to obtain a B.S. in electrical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering.  As a freshman, she worked her way into lead avionics engineer and team lead of designing and building a satellite for the Stanford Space Initiative.  She is currently finishing her sophomore year, and in September, her satellite will be launched by SpaceX.  It is an impressive achievement at such a young age, and it made the legislators we met with take notice, especially since she was from Indianapolis, and the majority of meetings our team had were with members from Indiana.

This year’s CSE team consisted of 97 travelers.  We participated in two days of meetings and were able to accomplish nearly 400 meetings with Congress and their staffers.  We were assured by many that they had not seen this much support for NASA and human space exploration by the federal government in a long time, if ever during their careers.

The CSE trip was a valuable experience for me because it showed that our government is accessible.  We had a Senator who was busy in meetings, so we planned on meeting with his staffers.  However, when he heard about our student’s achievements as one of his own, he rushed back to the office to meet with us.  The same thing happened with one of the Representatives we met with.  We also were fortunate enough to participate in a weekly Coffee with Constituents with another Senator who had groups of citizen advocates to stop in his office for coffee and discussions.

The trip was also valuable because it gave me a first-hand look at the inner workings of our federal government.  It also taught me that talking to a staffer is just as valuable, if not more valuable, than talking to the actual member of Congress because the staffers advise the members on voting.

And of course, it was my first time to Washington D.C., so I was able to spend some time site seeing and exploring some of the wealth of history and culture the city offers.  I visited the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Spy Museum, the Museum of the Bible, and saw the Capitol Building, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Washington Monument, and all of the memorials around the National Mall.  I highly recommend visiting if you have never been.  Just wear comfy shoes.

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-The Logical Blogger

One of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – 2018 Photo Shoot

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Thanks to our amazing employees, Logical Innovations, Inc. was selected as One of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – 2018.  For the April 27 event program, Logical Innovations was asked to represent the 1960s as part of the “Through the Decades” presentation.  Above is a photo of a few of us channeling our “inner-hippies” combined with space exploration, of course.

Thank you again to all of our wonderful employees who make this type of recognition possible!  You are what makes Logical Innovations the “Best and Brightest!”

-The Logical Blogger

Logical Innovations, Inc. Employee Ivanna Tolley Participates in Study Abroad Trip to Oman

Logical Innovations Corporate Office employee Ivanna Tolley, who is currently a senior at the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL), recently had the unique opportunity to participate in a 10-day Study Abroad trip to Oman.

Oman is an Arab country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula surrounded by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.  This is the second trip UHCL students have taken to this country for their Study Abroad Program.

A Study Abroad trip had always been a dream of Tolley’s; however, due to costs, it never seemed attainable.  While in class this October, Tolley’s professor once again brought up the trip, and she felt a strong urge to attempt participating.  With help from her family along with working extra hours babysitting and fundraising by selling candy and T-shirts, she raised enough money to go.  With the money raised, Tolley was off on her once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“The worst part of the trip were the flights there and back,” recalled Tolley.  “It was 16 hours from Houston to Dubai and then another 1.5 hours from Dubai to Muscat, the capital of Oman.”

To prepare for the trip, Tolley did a lot of research before leaving.  “I absolutely fell in love,” said Tolley.  “There are many misconceptions about the Middle East.  Oman is a Middle Eastern country that many people have not heard of.  Oman is often regarded as ‘the unicorn’ of the Middle East because it is very unique in its policies and culture. It is the fourth safest country in the entire world.”

The trip itself was to give the students a chance to study Middle Eastern culture firsthand instead of learning through the news and other media, which “might not give a completely accurate representation,” Tolley stated.

“I want to work in diversity and ethics, so it is important for me to understand different people and their unique cultures.”

Experience the culture they did.  The students kept a very busy itinerary which packed three to four activities into each day.  “The things that stick out to me the most were our visits to Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat and Dhofar University in Dhofar, our visit to the Grand Mosque, our meeting with H.E., the Adviser to the Sultan on Cultural Affairs, and all of our dining experiences.”

Part of experiencing the culture was traveling to different locations to see different communities.  “We stayed in a different place every night:  a hotel in the capital, a hotel on the beach, a camp in the desert, a hotel in the mountains, and more.”

And as with all trips, there came the trying of the different locations’ foods.  “We were extremely well fed with traditional Omani foods, including goat and camel meat.  Our meal experiences were all very different, from dining with an Omani family in their home to eating at a fancy restaurant in the desert to having a picnic outside surrounded by wild camels.”

Tolley gained a newfound respect and admiration for Oman and its people.  “The people there are so caring and really value honor, integrity, and hospitality.  Everyone we met showered us with kindness and went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed.  After we dined with a family from a small village in the mountains, the husband/father of the family said to us, ‘this is your house now, too.”

Other activities Tolley experienced included visiting the National Museum, the Royal Grand Opera to see Sami Yusuf, the tomb of Omran (father of Mary), Al Baleed Archeological Site, the Frankincense Land Museum, Taqah Castle and Taqah Town, Sumharam Archeological Site, Babah Sinkhole, Wadi Tiwi, Sur Town, a nature preserve where they watched mother turtles lay and bury their eggs and baby turtles hatch, Al Kamil Private Castle Museum, Safari Desert Camp, visited and shopped Nizwa Fort and Souk, and they even rode camels to watch the sunset and sunrise.

It was a trip Tolley will never forget.  “I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to participate in this Study Abroad trip.  The entire experience was priceless, and I learned more than I ever thought I would.”

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2018 Air Force Contracting Summit in Miramar Beach, Florida

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This week I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Air Force Contracting Summit in Miramar Beach, Florida to advertise Logical Innovations, Inc.’s GSA STARS II schedule.

During the event, I manned an exhibitor table, which gave me the opportunity to talk to everyone interested in learning about Logical Innovations’ capabilities and contract locations.  People from a wide range of industries approached the table in order to hear what we did including medical companies, engineering companies, personnel services companies, and even weapons manufacturing companies.

Fortunately, our table was located inside the main ballroom, which allowed me to hear all of the speakers throughout the two-day event.  Speakers ranged from Air Force personnel, DoD Contracting Officers, prime contractors, small business experts, and even the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Throughout the summit’s breaks and reception, I had the chance to talk to many interesting people from the Air Force as well as the contracting community.  During our lunch break on the first day of the summit, I was able to sit at a table full of retired Air Force personnel now working for contractors and hear their exciting stories which included experiences in the Middle East and Bosnia.

Of course the trip was not all work.  Day two of the summit ended at lunchtime, allowing me the chance to adventure about the town and sight see.  I went to the Baytowne Wharf located in the Miramar Beach/Sandestin area.  It was a very nice location full of shops, restaurants, games, and nightlife.  From there, I drove to the Destin Harborwalk, which is a nice boardwalk-type area full of more shops, restaurants, games, and nightlife complete with a view of the Destin Harbor where many yachts were docked.

I highly recommend attending these DoD contracting summits if only for the people and learning.  It was a wonderful experience.  I also highly recommend visiting the Miramar Beach/Destin area of Florida.  It offers many tourist attractions and beautiful waters and white sand beaches.

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-The Logical Blogger

Logical Innovations, Inc. Spotlight in the Fall 2017 NASA Small Business Update

The Fall 2017 NASA Small Business Update is available online at, https://osbp.nasa.gov/publications.html.  The publication has been forwarded to House and Senate Science Committee staff, and to The House Aerospace Caucus and to Members.  NASA OSBP has established this annual publication to demonstrate the impact of small businesses in their communities.  Logical Innovations is honored to be among the highlighted businesses.

-The Logical Blogger