The employees of TMC Technologies are personally invested and dedicated to the mission success of the NASA Independent Verification & Validation Facility.

On Feb. 6, TMC Technologies in Pleasant Valley made the announcement that its Galaxy Global subsidiary had won a five-year contract with the NASA IV&V program in Fairmont.

Wade Linger, president and CEO of TMC Technologies, said a little over a year ago his company purchased Galaxy Global Corp., which became a wholly owned subsidiary of TMC Technologies at that time. When bidding on the NASA IV&V contract last June, the two companies were still pretty much running as separate entities. So while the former Galaxy Global workers won the contract, all of TMC Technologies is now involved.

TMC Technologies is charged with offering Software Assurance Tool (SWAT) information technology engineering and support services to the NASA IV&V Facility. Randy Hefner, vice president of TMC Technologies, is the project manager.

The NASA IV&V Facility uses a systems engineering approach to examine the software development activities performed on safety and mission-critical software, director Gregory Blaney said previously.

“We want to make sure that it does what it’s supposed to do, doesn’t do what the software is not supposed to do, and the software will respond under adverse conditions appropriately,” he said. “We look at the developers’ whole process throughout the entire life cycle of the software to make sure that it’s safe.”

Linger further explained that the main mission of the IV&V Facility is reviewing, testing and evaluating software that’s written at other NASA facilities, and checking that software against the original specifications and purpose to give an independent view and make sure nothing was overlooked. In order to do that job, NASA IV&V has to be able to operate in the same computer environment that the system, wherever it came from, was written in.

The facility has a separate group that focuses on ensuring that the people

who are doing the IV&V work have the correct tools for reviewing, testing and evaluating the software. Being able to acquire, maintain and run the various types of tools that might be needed by the IV&V center to test people’s software is a whole different game, Linger said.

When those workers are evaluating the software that comes from the other centers and as they go through any problems or questions, that information must be put into a system that can keep track of all the findings and help with the reporting process, he said. Under the new contract, TMC Technologies will be supporting the tools group at NASA IV&V.

“We look forward to enhancing our capacity to fulfill our mission with the support to be provided under this new SWAT contract,” Blaney said in a press release.

Linger said it’s always great to have a proposal validated by the customer and to know they want to work with your company.

“There were several competitors, and each of those competitors were companies that I have a lot of respect for,” he said. “I’m obviously pleased that we were selected. It’s always nice to win.”

Between the people of TMC Technologies and the Galaxy Global individuals who joined the team, the company has employees who have been working on various IV&V processes over the years, Linger said.

“That’s our biggest qualification,” he said. “For our people, this goes way beyond just our company winning a contract. They live and breathe that facility and its entire mission. Being selected for this contract is such a great validation of their heartfelt dedication just to the mission of the center.”

To reach the goals of this contract, TMC Technologies will also team up with Global Science & Technology Inc., ADNET Systems Inc., Lakota Software Solutions and Mid-Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation Center, which Linger said will create the best possible team based on the talents of those staff members.

TMC Technologies has roughly 40 employees. The company is housed within Wade’s Garage, which Linger owns, in Pleasant Valley and also takes up a couple thousand square feet of office space in a building across the street. The employees involved with the NASA tools contract will predominantly be working at the IV&V Facility in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park.

TMC Technologies is also working on other contracts at the NASA IV&V center, and has people stationed at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division and the Department of Defense Biometrics Center, both in Clarksburg.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com.

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