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ATK Aerospace and Florida A&M University enter a NASA Mentor- Protégé Agreement.

Dr. Okenwa Okoli, chair of the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, is shown signing the agreement for FAMU. Joining in the signing are seated from left, Jenifer Scoffield, ATK small business manager; Jane Thomas, Solid Propulsion Support Office contracting officer. Standing from left are Yolanda Harris, Space Launch System (SLS) Boosters Office contracting officer representative; Bob Herman, ATK Huntsville vice-president and program manager; David Brock, Marshall Center small business specialist; Alex Priskos, (SLS) Booster Element program manager; Todd May, SLS program manager; Robin Henderson, associate director of the Marshall Center; and Earl Pendley, Marshall Office of Procurement office manager.

On Sept. 17, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center hosted a Mentor-Protégé signing agreement between ATK Aerospace Systems and Florida A&M.

The NASA Mentor-Protégé Program provides incentives for prime contractors to assist eligible small businesses and HBCUs in enhancing their capabilities to perform as prime contractors to the government entities or subcontractors with other large businesses. This is the second Mentor Protégé Agreement that ATK has signed and will assist in mentoring.

"We look forward to working with Florida A&M, They are a great institution and the students bring an incredible amount of enthusiasm about the space program," commented Bill Boynton, ATK SLS PM.

The agreement between ATK Aerospace Systems and Florida A&M marks Marshall's seventh Mentor-Protégé agreement -- four of which involve historically black colleges and universities.