APT Paper Published in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering

Launch approval using the safety case approach to achieve performance-based requirements

Hiring of Two Key Employee-Owners

A-P-T Research, Inc., is pleased to announce its recent hiring of two key employee-owners – George Gafka and Star Williams.

Mr. Gafka joins the company as Executive Vice President of Safety and Mission Assurance. Prior to joining APT, Mr. Gafka had a distinguished 30-year career at NASA supporting several human spaceflight programs from a number of diverse leadership positions (Chief Engineer, Chief Safety Officer, and S&MA Director) during life-cycle phases spanning from early development to real-time operations.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Gafka received numerous prestigious awards for his leadership and, as an avid believer in continuous learning, he has earned a diverse set of academic degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, 2014
  • Professional Certificate Aircraft Accident Investigation, Southern California Safety Institute, 2007
  • Master of Space Systems Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2006
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Mr. Gafka brings a wealth of broad technical and business management knowledge, seasoned experience across many roles and programs, proven critical decision-making judgment, and expert leadership to develop and implement innovative tailored solutions that thoughtfully balance complex competing considerations such as cost, schedule, and safety.

Also joining APT is Star Williams, who will serve as the company’s Human Resources Director. Prior to joining APT, Ms. Williams served as a human resources business partner for Aerojet Rocketdyne. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Human Resource Management and Psychology from Athens State University. In addition, she holds an active Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification and brings a broad HR skillset to include employee relations, performance management, recruiting, benefits, compensation, and more.

US Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Contract Award

On April 16th, 2019, A-P-T Research, Inc., received FOUR (4) prime contract awards to provide research and development projects in support of current PHMSA efforts. PHMSA’s mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. APT looks forward to supporting PHMSA through our Safety Engineering and Analysis Center (SEAC) with all projects being led by George Mayer as the Program Manager.

SeaPort NxG Contract Award

A-P-T Research, Inc., has received a prime contract award as a result of the SeaPort NxG solicitation N00178-18-R-7000.

“SeaPort” is the electronic procurement tool by which all Navy and Marine Corps contracting offices can obtain services through competitive and efficient means. Task Order requirements are developed, solicited, awarded and administered all within the SeaPort Portal.

“SeaPort NxG” is both the electronic module within the SeaPort Portal as well as the set of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) that is available for use in conducting competitive procurements among its vendor participants.

APT Research Community Giving Recipients 2018

Throughout each year, APT employee-owners contribute to the APT Giving Fund, then select local nonprofit organizations to receive funds collected during the year. This year, APT awarded two $5,000 grants to Lincoln Village Ministries and the North Alabama Boys and Girls Club. Lincoln Village Ministries takes a Christian, holistic approach to helping families in this neighborhood in all areas of life, including affordable housing, education, life skills, and childcare. The Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama is part of a nationwide organization that is working to help young people of all backgrounds develop the qualities they need to become responsible citizens and leaders. It serves more than 5,000 youth with programs that actively enrich their lives. The generosity of our employee-owners is greatly appreciated!

A&EFS Contract Award

On October 18, 2018, A-P-T Research, Inc., received a subcontract award from AECOM for Ammunition and Explosives Facility Support (A&EFS) Phase One. The contract period of performance is 10/18/18 through 01/31/2020 with a total value of $749K. This effort will be led by Dr. Tyler Ross out of our Ogden, UT, office. Dr. Ross has spent nine years with APT specializing in structural analysis and explosives safety analysis. He leads the NAVFAC Fleet Concentration Area Magazine Study (FCAMS) project through structural assessments, software tool development, and Quantity-Distance (QD) explosives safety site planning.

Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC) Contract Award

On September 18, 2018, A-P-T Research, Inc., received a prime contract award for the Explosion Effects, Risk Assessment, and Protective Construction Support for Explosives Safety Contract to the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC). The contract period of performance 9/18/18 through 9/17/23 is with a total value of $6.5M. NAVFAC is the Naval Shore and Expeditionary Systems Command that: plans, builds, and maintains sustainable facilities; delivers environmental, utilities, and other base services; and acquires and manages expeditionary combat force systems and equipment. Part of EXWC’s mission is to support the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB). APT’s support effort will be led by John Tatom out of our Huntsville, AL, office. Mr. Tatom has spent 20 years with APT specializing in explosives safety analysis and testing. He develops explosion effects and consequence prediction methodologies for DDESB’s Technical Paper 14 (TP-14) and testing procedures for DDESB’s Technical Paper 21 (TP-21).

Riding the Lightning at the Redstone Test Center

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — You’ve probably seen the photos.  Lightning seen from space appears to be nothing more than an artistic light show. Up close, lightning is no fun. People struck by lightning are badly injured or killed. Buildings hit by lightning are damaged, or destroyed by the resultant fire. “The reason why you want to do lightning, it is a natural event that the equipment in the field is going to experience,” said Redstone Test Center Engineer, Jeff Craven.

Source: See video and article @ whnt.com

Software System Safety Support to Oshkosh Defense

During 2017, APT provided software system safety to Oshkosh Defense for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). APT provided technical expertise and guidance to ensure software hazards and risks were identified and mitigated. The software safety process developed and implemented at Oshkosh ensures safety and enhances the performance of the JLTV to provide protected, sustained, networked mobility in multi-mission environments.

Safety Engineering & Analysis Center Continuing Education & Training

The Safety Engineering & Analysis Center (SEAC) is debuting two new training classes in 2018; Reliability Engineering & Risk Management for Safety Engineering.

Reliability Engineering is designed for professionals wanting to advance their understanding and knowledge in reliability engineering tools and techniques and their application in technical assessments and special studies. This course is taught by Dr. Fayssal Safie who recently retired as the NASA Technical Fellow for Reliability & Maintainability Engineering.

Risk Management for Safety Engineering provides an overview of the underlying processes used to manage risks and demonstrates the common elements that can be applied to any sector of our economy. This course is taught by Tom Pfitzer & Tom Delong who combined have over 75 years of experience as safety professionals and risk management practices.

For course brochures, available offerings, course fees, and online registration please visit: www.apt-research.com/training

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.