Aerospace Systems Knowledge (ASK)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-4524
Agency Tracking Number: F071-092-1539
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-092
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Enio Velazco
 Dir. Organizational Effectiveness
 (781) 496-2458
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has a large number of employees that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in engineering the future of national-security space. A method of capturing and transferring this experience and knowledge to junior employees would reduce the impact of the departure of the experienced employees. ASK, the envisioned product of this SBIR, is a unique tool that will accelerate the training of junior employees by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees even years after their retirement. The core of the tool is a knowledge framework based on topic areas within the aerospace systems design process that are known to affect productivity. Two interfaces will touch the knowledge framework: a knowledge capture interface and a knowledge transfer interface. The knowledge capture interface will systematically elicit the experiences and lessons of the retiring workforce. The knowledge transfer interface will allow the junior employee to access these lessons when in need of guidance or training.

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