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We are proud of our myriad of innovation research awards, patents, university partnerships, industry speaking engagements, presentations and publications. What follows are some of our latest announcements, presentations and publications. The former includes selection in the Federal Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in support of NASA and the U.S. Air Force.


May 2019 – – NASA Selects Fibertek for Two New Phase II SBIR:

NASA announced on May 14th their selection of 142 proposals for negotiation.   NASA has selected Fibertek for efforts in planetary lidar development and technologies for distributed spacecraft missions.

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Robert H. Goddard Honor Awards Ceremony

On May 3, 2018 our own Lisa McCormick accepted the RHG Exceptional Achievement for Science Team Award presented by NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Lisa was recognized for her outstanding leadership and the NASA Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Science Analysis Teams extended commitment to accurate science characterization of the nations most critical new weather sensor, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1/ ATMS. Her tireless efforts were critical at keeping the mission on track towards launch.  Congratulation Lisa for her outstanding performance and leadership.


Nov 2017 – Fibertek is pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with a local nonprofit organization called Cornerstones. Cornerstones promotes individual self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and related human services. At Fibertek, we believe that our corporate responsibility includes giving back to our community. To this end,  Fibertek Director of Human Resources Iva Heflin, presented a check for $7,500.00  to Cornerstones’ Embry Rucker Community Shelter in honor of Senior Vice President Ralph Burnham’s’ 30th Anniversary. We look forward to further supporting Cornerstones in their endeavors to make lasting impacts on the lives of others in need by offering “Hope for Tomorrow Today.”


Aug 2017 – Fibertek, Inc. was honored to host Congressman Gerry Connolly on August 2, 2017 for his second visit to the company in the past five years.  The Democratic member of the House of Representatives is from Virginia’s 11th congressional district.  While at Fibertek, Inc. the congressman had the opportunity to meet with the company leadership and then hold a Town Hall with the company’s employees.  During the session, the congressman commended Fibertek, Inc. for its contribution and its overall performance in providing services and highly specialized products to the federal government.  The assembly included discussion about the current administration’s budget policy for R&D and its effects on small business federal contractors. Fibertek, Inc. employees had the opportunity to engage the congressman in conversation about a broad range of topics including healthcare, education, technology, and research.

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April 2017 – Fibertek’s research scientists visited Capitol Hill advocating to members of Congress on the importance of optics and photonics and R&D funding in general. Three of Fibertek’s research scientists spent two days in our nation’s capital meeting with local Virginia representatives and senators discussing the importance of science and technology funding, focusing on the optics and photonics industry.  The first day consisted to training and planning hosted by the National Photonics Initiative.  During the second day, the Fibertek team visited the staffs of representatives Comstock, Connolly and also Senators Kaine and Warner.

July 2017 – Please join us, as one of the Primary Convener’s, at the upcoming Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting a session (session #25446) entitled “Enabling breakthrough science with high-bandwidth satellite communications.” The goal of the session is to explore the various methods by which the next-generation of Earth and planetary science can be improved through substantially higher inter-satellite links or downlink data rates. The session solicits abstracts from both industry and academia on all aspects related to the topic, including the new science that could be achieved and the instrumentation and infrastructure required to make it possible. We hope that you will consider submitting an abstract to this session, and help contribute to this exciting and promising new research area.
As a reminder, this year’s Fall AGU meeting will take place in New Orleans from December 11-15, 2017.

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