San Diego-based ATA Engineering has received the 2012 George M. Low Award from NASA. The prestigious award distinguishes contractors for their exemplary technical and managerial performance.

ATA’s engineering work supported NASA’s Mars Science Lab and other programs. The company was evaluated for its technical performance, business practices, teamwork, innovation and leadership following a NASA visit to ATA, the company said in a statement.

“We are honored to be recognized for being part of the very successful NASA team,” said Mary Baker, president of ATA Engineering. “Our relationship with NASA is of the highest importance to us, and we look forward to many more years of providing top-quality service and innovation to help meet NASA’s ever-advancing mission.”

The 30-year-old company uses advanced computer-aided engineering software targeted toward customers in the aerospace, biomedical, automotive, entertainment and consumer products industries. It employs more than 100 in six offices distributed throughout the United States. The privately held company has its headquarters in San Diego.

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