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March 31, 2016 – NASA’s Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership Web Portal Launches Advanced Functionality

Valador Inc., headquarters in Herndon VA, has provided advanced design and software development support to the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) Web Portal. NASA APPEL ( provides NASA’s project management and systems engineering communities with world-class training curriculum, development programs, and strategic communications. The Academy helps ensure NASA’s workforce have the skills and knowledge they need to advance mission success.  Valador has developed advanced functionality to help NASA achieve this vision including an interactive course catalogue, a Project Management and Systems Engineering competency model, and an enterprise-wide search capability.

Valador designed and implemented the APPEL Catalog, which was the Academy’s first completely online, highly interactive course catalog. The catalogue was designed and developed using responsive design best practices to ensure seamless accessibility from any device. This one-stop resource provides information on courses, curriculum, career resources, supplemental training materials, registration, and more. Each course has its own web page, which includes video testimonial, past participant feedback, a “What Will I Learn?” section detailing course objectives, and instructor information. This effort significantly streamlined the course selection and registration process for NASA’s technical workforce.  Additionally, to help NASA’s workforce navigate the vast selection of content available, Valador designed and developed the first interactive online Project Management & Systems Engineering (PM&SE) representation of the APPEL Competency Model. This interactive representation of the APPEL Competency Model outlines distinct competency areas for project managers and systems engineers, as well as shared competencies that encompass both disciplines.

The PM&SE Career Development Framework supports practitioners by helping determine which courses and activities will enhance competencies in their current positions and support future development aspirations. The Development Framework complements the APPEL Catalog and PM&SE Competency Model by helping create a clear path forward for professional development.  It delivers a greater level of engagement to help practitioners identify the competencies required for success in their roles at NASA and details the associated training opportunities that are available to help them enhance their proficiency with those competency areas. In addition, Valador developed a proprietary NASA Enterprise search functionality for both the APPEL and CKO websites that provides customized, expanded options for search results. APPEL can now release this functionality to other government agencies for their use.

“The Academy’s vision requires the already engaging content to be interactive and easily navigable, our designers have software developers have provided products that are user-friendly, intuitive a step forward for APPEL.” stated Kevin Mabie, Valador’s President and Chief Executive Officer.


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Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Valador, Inc. is a Verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers powerful solutions for collecting, maintaining, visualizing, and protecting its clients’ information. The company focuses on four key business areas — Modeling and Simulation, Information Assurance, Management Consulting, and Software Engineering. It employs innovative solutions such and the use of 3D immersive visualization to address its clients’ complex challenges, such as decision support, strategic planning, risk management, safety and reliability, assessment of alternatives, and information security.

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