Satnews Daily
November 16th, 2017

U.S. Commerce Department's Malcolm Baldrige Award Goes to... Stellar Solutions

Stellar Solutions, Inc. is a woman-owned aerospace engineering services company that provides top tier engineering and technical management talent in support of significant national and international aerospace programs and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices in Colorado and Virginia, as well as international sister companies in the UK and France — the company has also been recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s Best Places to Work for four years running.

Today, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce named Stellar Solutions a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence and sustainability. Founded in 1995 by Celeste Ford, Stellar Solutions has been providing innovative solutions and high impact for its customers (government and commercial, national and international) for over 20 years.  Receiving the Baldrige Award is an incredible honor that recognizes Stellar’s sustainability through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, and systemic improvement and innovation.

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program is managed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  An independent board of examiners evaluated 24 applications this year on their processes around leadership, strategy, customers, measurement & analysis, workforce, and operations, as well as their results related to each of these categories.  Stellar is one among five award recipients who will be presented the award in April of 2018 during the Quest for Excellence Conference (the Baldrige community’s national meeting) in Baltimore, Maryland.  Only 110 organizations have received the award (out of over 1,600 applicants) since 1987 which is when the Baldrige program began.

CEO and Founder of Stellar, Celeste Ford, said, “We at Stellar Solutions are honored and humbled by the National Baldrige Award recognition.  It is especially important for me as the Founder to have created an exciting business that is “built to last”, and to have the efforts of our Stellar team recognized. We work hard each and every day to have high impact and to live our vision of ‘satisfying our customers' critical needs while realizing our dream jobs’, and the Baldrige framework has been an important element in making our business successful and sustainable.”