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August 31, 2016

ITEA 2016 T&E PROFESSIONAL AWARDEES ANNOUNCED

C. David Brown, CTEP, Ph.D., recognized as the 2016 Allen R. Matthews Award recipient.
T&E industry leaders and visionaries will be recognized at the 2016 Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, during the 33rd Annual Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org/symposium


August 19, 2016

ITEA 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

The following Directors were elected to a 3-year term on the ITEA Board of Directors: Mark Brown, Ph.D.; Mr. Bruce Einfalt; Mr. Ed Greer; and, Mr. Pete Crump.


August 31, 2015

ITEA 2015 SYMPOSIUM GENERATES MEDIA "BUZZ"

Speakers at the 32nd International Test and Evaluation Symposium receive significant press coverage

Developmental Testing Chief Calls For More Operator Involvement In DT - https://defensenewsstand.com/newsletters/inside-the-pentagon

The F-35 vs. the A-10 Warthog, head-to-head in close-air support. It’s on. -  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/08/27/as-it-fights-for-its-life-the-a-10-will-face-off-against-the-f-35-in-close-air-support-test/

National Cyber Range Looking To Expand Capacity In Near Future - http://insidedefense.com/login-redirect-no-cookie?n=171700&destination=newsletters/inside-the-air-force

Pat Hynes: Read the NTSB report on the SpaceShipTwo accident - http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_28695470/pat-hynes-read-ntsb-report-spaceshiptwo-accident

Report: The Pentagon is going to have the F-35 and the A-10 square off in close air-support tests - http://www.businessinsider.com/report-the-pentagon-is-going-to-have-the-f-35-and-the-a-10-square-off-in-close-air-support-tests-2015-8 - Please see the related Statement from General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force below.

STATEMENT FROM GENERAL MARK A. WELSH III
CHIEF OF STAFF, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

"It is important to give this context. At a press conference a reporter asked: "I heard there may be a demonstration or exercise in the future that puts the A-10 directly against the F-35 in demonstrating the ability to perform close air support.  Is that true? Is there going to be some head to head demonstration to show what the F-35 can do compared to the A-10?" The question was not framed in the context of comparison testing in a formal IOT&E program, which I have fully supported since I came into this job. I agree with Dr Gilmore that such testing is the only way to ensure a new weapon system meets the requirements we established. The question was asked in the context of the current budget debate about A-10 divestiture and seemed to refer to a new proposal by an unnamed source to do a "head to head comparison." I replied that I thought such a comparison would be silly at this point. Doing it earlier than that, without the proper software configuration and related mission capability, would make no sense at all. The reporter was not asking about tests that were part of a broader comparative testing effort included in the comprehensive IOT&E program years from now. With Dr Gilmore's assistance, we will continue to test the F-35's capabilities as they come on line, and I'm confident the result will validate F-35 mature CAS capabilities before reaching FOC.

Over the past 14 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have evolved as a joint team with regard to how we employ fires in combat when our troops are engaged in close proximity with the enemy. A combination of technology improvements that brought improved sensors and more precise and responsive weapons ... to improved digital CAS communication tools and robust C2 ... to improved tactics, techniques, and procedures have combined to revolutionize the way we deliver CAS.

As one example, during the high point of our surge in Afghanistan, we had B1s racing in full afterburner to provide responsive fires in the Northwest where speed of response was the essential attribute ... while F16s were making show of force passes in the Southwest where precision was critical ... while MQ1s delivered not only critical ISR but responsive fires in the mountainous Northeast where persistence was the key requirement ... while A10s delivered fires in the Southeast where we were co-located at Kandahar with both joint and coalition forces. At the same time, Personnel Recovery crews fought their way into contested battlespace to provide lifesaving aid to wounded troops ... while C130s and C17s delivered critical munitions and supplies in the most remote regions on the planet. CAS today brings together all of these capabilities under a robust command and control architecture as a family of systems and no one does this better than the United States Air Force. By the way ... we are doing all of this today in Iraq and Syria along with our joint and coalition teammates.

Delivering fires to troops engaged in close proximity to the enemy is a contact sport and we are committed to the F35 as a critical component of this joint and combined team. Any comparison with the F35 must be part of a more holistic assessment of our CAS enterprise beyond just a flyoff between one aircraft vs another.  A comprehensive, formal testing program will ensure we continue to evolve as leaders in this critical mission.”

Gilmore Rips Acquisition System For "Bureaucratic Game Play" - http://insidedefense.com/inside-pentagon/gilmore-rips-acquisition-system-bureaucratic-game-play

DoD Plans to Test F-35 vs. A-10 - http://www.politico.com/morningdefense/0815/morningdefense19708.html

F-35 to Face Off Against A-10 During IOT&E - http://www.defensedaily.com/f-35-to-face-off-against-a-10-during-iote-2/

F-35 Slated To Fly Comparison Tests Against A-10 On Close Air Support - http://insidedefense.com/newsletters/inside-the-air-force

AFOTEC: Collaboration Key Among JSF Testing Community, Testers balancing international priorities  - http://insidedefense.com/newsletters/inside-the-air-force

Welsh: F-35 To Conduct Different CAS Missions Than A-10 - http://www.dodbuzz.com/

Welsh Dismisses F-35, A-10 CAS Contest as "Silly Exercise" - http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/08/25/welsh-dismisses-f-35-a-10-cas-contest-as-silly-exercise/

F-35 and A-10 to Square off in Close Air Support Tests - http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/08/24/f-35-and-a-10-to-square-off-in-close-air-support-tests/


August 21, 2015

ITEA 2015 CHAPTERS OF EXCELLENCE RECOGNIZED
Francis Scott Key Chapter recognized as Chapter of the Year

Recognized as 2015 Chapters of Excellence are the: Francis Scott Key Chapter (Aberdeen, Maryland), Ms. Chris Susman, President; and, George Washington Chapter (Washington, DC), Mr. Tony Graces, President. These Chapters were recognized, along with the ITEA Francis Scott Key Chapter recognized as "Chapter of the Year" during the 32nd Annual Symposium, which was held August 18-21, at the Crystal City Marrriott in Arlington, Virginia.


 

August 20, 2015

ITEA 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS ELECTED

Mr. Gene Hudgins, President; Mr. Randy Surch, Vice-President; Wilson Felder, Ph.D., Secretary; and, Mr. Bill Keegan, Treasurer.


 

 

August 20, 2015

ITEA 2015 T&E PROFESSIONAL AWARDEES RECOGNIZED
H. Steven Kimmel, Sc.D. recognized as the 2015 Allen R. Matthews Award recipient
T&E industry leaders and visionaries were recognized at the annual ITEA awards luncheon during the 32nd Annual Symposium, which was held August 18-21, at the Crystal City Marrriott in Arlington, Virginia.

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) annually presents six (6) Professional T&E Awards to individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation profession. In addition, ITEA also presents the Board of Directors' Award, the President's Award, Energizer Award, the Chapter of Excellence Awards, and the Chapter of the Year Award to recognize individuals and Chapters for their significant contributions to the Association. The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Board of Directors and Committee Chair, Stephanie Clewer, relies on ITEA members and T&E leaders to identify and submit nominations of individuals and teams worthy of recognition by the 2015 ITEA T&E Professional Awards Program.

 

The following individuals and teams were recognized at the 2015 Awards Luncheon, which was held on Thursday, August 20, 2015, during the 32nd Annual Symposium at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.

 

ALLEN R. MATTHEWS AWARD – H. Steven Kimmel, Sc.D.The 2015 Allen R. Matthews Award is hereby presented to Dr. H. Steven Kimmel in recognition of his distinguished professional career spanning more than 47 years of service in government, industry, and academia. Dr. Kimmel retired from Federal Civil Service in 1993, completing a 27-year career as a civil servant, with profound contributions in the field of Test and Evaluation, culminating in his assignment as the Acting Director, Developmental Test and Evaluation, and Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering, a Senior Executive Service Level 5 position. In recognition of his service, Steve was awarded the President's Meritorious Senior Executive Service Award and Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Steve subsequently held positions at BDM and TRW, and from 2000-2015, Steve served as a Senior Vice President at Alion Science and Technology. Dr. Kimmel is a George Washington University Alumni Engineer of the Year, and recipient of the American Defense Preparedness Association's Silver Medal for Outstanding Performance. Dr Kimmel has been recognized as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer, Defense Systems Management College and by Who's Who in America. In 2009 he served on the National Academy of Science, National Research Council Committee on Improving Processes and Policies for the Acquisition and Test of Information Technologies in the Department of Defense. Dr Kimmel has authored numerous publications and is the founder and Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Test and Evaluation Division, member of the NDIA Industrial Committee on Test and Evaluation (ICOTE), and most recently served as Chairman of the NDIA C4ISR Division. Dr. Kimmel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1968 and his Master of Engineering Administration (1972) and Doctor of Science (1983) degrees from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Since 1977, he has been an active Adjunct Professor with University of Maryland University College and George Washington University. ITEA is pleased to recognize Dr H Steven Kimmel as the well-deserved 2015 recipient of the prestigious Allen R Matthews Award.

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – X-47B UCAS-D Integrated Test Team, U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman Corp. In recognition of the outstanding achievement in Test & Evaluation engineering by the X-47B UCAS-D Integrated Test Team in the demonstration and test of the X-47B both at sea aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and in the historic first aerial refueling of an unmanned air vehicle. The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman Integrated Test Team specific achievements included a number of firsts: First operationally-representative catapult launches and arrested recoveries of a UAS using a wingfold capability and a fully-functional arresting hook; First Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of a UAS; First demonstration of a UAS “station keeping” with a manned aircraft; First shipboard testing of a UAS with Jet Blast Deflectors (JBD); First night taxi operations of a UAS aboard ship; First launch of a UAS from the waist catapult of an aircraft carrier; and, First use of a remote control room within the purview of the Navy’s test organization (VX-23) to monitor flight test events. Not only were these milestones performed on cost and schedule, but they were executed safely, and in a manner that was minimally disruptive to, and patently consistent with, the Navy’s normal operating procedures.

 

RICHARD G. CROSS AWARD – Christopher Cotting, Ph.D. Dr. Chris Cotting distinguished himself as a flight test education professional and Master Instructor of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School 412th Test Wing, Air Force Test Center, Air Force Materiel Command, at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. As Master Instructor, he expertly updated the content of over 45 classroom events, 7 laboratory demonstrations, and 40 flying sorties on C-12D, T-38C and F-16D aircraft. He has educated more than 160 students in 8 classes and formally developed a world-class flying qualities instructor cadre. Dr. Cotting led an unprecedented initiative to modernize the laboratories with the acquisition of a five hundred thousand dollar state-of-the art flying simulator. The simulation system allows an unparalleled flexibility in instruction formats, leading to optimal reinforcement of classroom lessons. He championed an initiative to remotely operate a Learjet aircraft from the simulation stations, providing a one-of-kind unmanned aerial vehicle test education platform. The ground control system was recently used to remotely control the Learjet through all phase of flight; a first in flight test education history. Dr. Cotting authored several publications dedicated to the advancement in education of flight test. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Chris Cotting reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

 

PUBLICATIONS AWARD – Edward Kraft, Ph.D. and Lieutenant David Stebbins. The 2015 ITEA Publications Award is presented to Dr. Edward Kraft and Lieutenant David Stebbins for their very timely article titled “Wind Tunnel Testing in the Department of Defense,” appearing in the March 2015 Issue 36-1 of The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation. In this outstanding article, the primary Department of Defense wind tunnels used for aeronautical system development are introduced, their unique features and current status are noted, and projected changes in the future use of wind tunnels are described. Descriptions of wind tunnels, their capabilities, and locations, are seldom found in one article, and this comprehensive inventory fills a critical void. Eight wind tunnels included in the Major Range and Test Facility Base have been identified as critical facilities for the development of military air vehicles. All of these facilities have been classified as either unique in the United States or unique in the world because of their scale, operating envelopes, test capabilities, and data quality. These facilities encompass the flight regimes from subsonic, through transonic and supersonic, to hypersonic. Essentially all United States military flight vehicles, missiles, and launch systems developed in the United States in the last 60 years have been tested in these wind tunnels described in this article. The dedication shown by Dr. Edward M. Kraft and Lieutenant David W. Stebbins reflects great credit on these two authors, the United States Air Force, the Air Force Test Center, and Arnold Air Force Base.

 

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Michael Hale, Ph.D. Dr. Michael Hale is recognized for exceptional leadership and technical expertise demonstrated in his advancement of MDOF vibration testing, control theory, and test specification development in the field of Dynamic Testing. During 2015, Dr. Hale led the system integration effort for the LC6DOF system at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center. Incredible progress was made, and many technical obstacles overcome to create this one of a kind dynamic testing capability. Dr. Hale’s expertise, research, development, teamwork, leadership, and personal drive were essential to the successful design and buildup of the LC6DOF system. The integration of this revolutionary capability for the DoD is the culmination of Dr. Hale’s persistence and dedication over the past decade to further MDOF dynamic testing technology. This new capability significantly reduces test times compared to the more typical single DOF vibration testing while at the same time better replicating real-world vibration exposure and provides the DoD with the ability to conduct 6DOF vibration tests on a variety of weapon systems.

 

JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD – David T. Barnette. Mr. David T. Barnette is presented the 2015 International Test and Evaluation (T&E) Association's Junior Achiever Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions within his first two years of practicing in the T&E field within the Department of Defense. His expertise has been relied upon by the ALQ-131A System Program Office for both system development and requirements along with all testing of the new Pod Upgrade Program. His technical achievements in helping the warfighters, who daily venture into harm's way, is exemplified by his contributions as the primary Electronic Warfare mission data specialist supporting operational jamming ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 pods that protect over 1,500 Combat Air Force aircraft for both Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard Testing Center. Mr. Barnette's foresight, leadership, and professionalism reflect great credit upon himself, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group, 53rd Wing, and the Department of Defense.

 

ENERGIZER AWARD – Jonathan Denning. The 2015 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Mr. Jonathan “Jon” Denning for his dedicated effort and unwavering leadership in the advancement of the ITEA Antelope Valley Chapter and ITEA’s Test Instrumentation Workshop. His efforts to support ITEA at both the International and Chapter Level has resulted in increased membership for the Chapter and a re-invigoration of ITEA’s Test Instrumentation Workshop—providing quality professional development opportunities for ITEA Members and non-Members alike. Jon has served at various positions within the Antelope Valley Chapter, currently serves as the Chapter President, and has volunteered his time, talents, and energy to the Test Instrumentation Program Committee for the past several years. It is with great pleasure that the 2015 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Mr. Jonathan Denning.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS' AWARD Mark D. Brown, Ph.D. The Board of Directors’ Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association. The 2015 ITEA Board of Directors is please to recognize Dr. Mark Brown for his proven leadership and guidance throughout the years to the Association and the Board of Directors. From service at the Chapter level with the Rocket City Chapter, speaking at Workshops, Program Chair of the 2013 Annual Symposium, and on the Board of Directors, he has been a champion for ITEA and our membership. Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the last 6 years serving as Secretary, Vice President, President, and Chair of the Senior Advisory Board. This year is Mark’s last year on the Board, but it is definitely not his last year volunteering his service to ITEA. Mark has now set his sights on the Test Technology Review which will move from Memphis to Huntsville with a new Agenda, look, and feel. The Board of Directors will miss Mark’s dry wit, his leadership, and above all his drive to ensure that ITEA serves the Test and Evaluation community with VALUE. Finally, Mark is just a pleasure to work with. He has the heartfelt appreciation of the ITEA Board of Directors for his service to our organization. We look forward to his continued presence at the ITEA meetings, and look forward to his participation with ITEA for many more years to come. Mark will always have the Board of Directors’ gratitude for all he has done. Thank you Mark, for a job well done!

 

PRESIDENTS' AWARD - Steven C. Gordon, Ph.D. The 2015 ITEA President's Award is reserved for an individual who selflessly steps up to assist the president in the execution of the organization’s goals and missions. I am presenting the 2015 ITEA President's Award to Dr. Gordon.  Flash serves as Chair of the Publications Committee developing the themes for the ITEA Journal, soliciting and editing articles, soliciting advertisers, and publishing Chapter News. The ITEA Journal is our most important publication and Flash stepped up with leadership and technical acumen. I have received numerous and unsolicited compliments on the quality and value of the Journal from many members this year. The Journal continues to tackle the hot topics and issues that affect our T&E community such as “T&E Infrastructure”, and “Test Methodology Rigor”, and “T&E of Information Assurance, Information Security, and Cyber Readiness”. When Flash is not working on the Journal, he is leading the revitalization of the Central Florida Chapter. It is with great pleasure that we recognize Flash for his hard work and leadership to our membership and community.


 

August 18, 2015

ITEA 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

The following Director were re-elected to another 3-year term on the ITEA Board of Directors: Mr. Randy Surch; and, Mr. Peter Nikoloff. The following Directors were elected to a 3-year term on the ITEA Board of Directors: Wilson Felder, Ph.D.; and, Mr. Bill Keegan. The following Directors were appointed to an 1-year term on the ITEA Board of Directors: Mr. Bruce Einfalt; Mr. Mike McFalls; Mr. Erwi Sabile; and, Mr. Noel Zamot.


 

October 8, 2014

ITEA 2014 T&E PROFESSIONAL AWARDS PRESENTED

Special awards luncheon honors individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the Test and Evaluation (T&E) profession.

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) annually presents six (6) Professional T&E Awards to individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation profession. In addition, ITEA also presents the Board of Directors' Award, the President's Award, Energizer Award, the Chapter of Excellence Awards, and the Chapter of the Year Award to recognize individuals and Chapters for their significant contributions to the Association. The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Board of Directors and Committee Chair, Stephanie Clewer, relies on ITEA members and T&E leaders to identify and submit nominations of individuals and teams worthy of recognition by the 2013 ITEA T&E Professional Awards Program.

The following individuals and teams were recognized during last week's 2014 Awards Luncheon, which was held during the 31st Annual Symposium at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.
 
ALLEN R. MATTHEWS AWARD – William E. Schane. The 2014 Allen R. Matthews Award is hereby presented to Mr. William E. Shane in recognition of his distinguished professional career of service to the T&E community.  His career spans more than 25 years of significant contributions to the T&E community, through both engineering and management. He revised the C-17 program's engineering change process to achieve a 50% reduction in cycle time while improving process quality. His restructuring of the Space Shuttle program saved $20M. For Boeing Defense, he was responsible for 3,300 employees and 13 major test sites. He spearheaded the System of Systems Test Study as its Chief Engineer, developing strategies for network-based technologies and their associated operational test environments. He then stood up the System of Systems Test Capability and became its first leader. Mr. Schane now leads the T&E of Boeing Global Strike programs, which includes F-15, F/A-18, and weapons. He was instrumental in developing Boeing’s Product Test Life Cycle process, and played a critical role in developing the associated Test Planning and Reporting Tool. Mr. Schane has demonstrated lifelong learning and ongoing commitment to advancing T&E as evident by his volunteering to serve as Keynote Speaker, Panel Chair and Speaker at numerous events sponsored by ITEA, the Air Traffic Control Association, and the FAA Verification and Validation Conferences, as well as representing Boeing on the ICOTE Committee. ITEA is pleased to recognize Mr. William E. Shane as the well-deserved 2014 recipient of the prestigious Allen R Matthews Award.
 
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Global Reach CTF C-17 MDA AirdropTest Team. The ITEA Special Achievement Award is presented to the Global Reach Combined Test Force C-17 Airdrop Test Team, 418th Flight Test Squadron, 412th Operations Group, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, who distinguished themselves in outstanding achievement in T&E through the successful flight test and air launch of the Extended Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (eMRBM), resulting in the Missile Defense Agency’s first operationally realistic test of the integrated regional Ballistic Missile Defense System.  The live airdrop air launch of the eMRBM culminated the efforts by multiple agencies to overcome complex technical challenges.  The Global Reach test team airdropped a platform that was 16 feet longer than aircraft limits, flew 30 knots faster than the standard airdrop configuration, and developed unique operating procedures in order to air launch the eMRBM.  Additionally, the team developed a new tow test capability, corrected critical deficiencies with avionics power supply overheating, and fixed missile recovery parachute design flaws which led to the first-ever parachute tow tests from 35,000 feet clearing the way to perform the airdrop launch of a live eMRBM.  This highly complex $464 million live ballistic missile airdrop was lauded by Vice Admiral Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, as “Perfect” and "the largest and most complex operational flight test in the history of missile defense.”d.
 
RICHARD G. CROSS AWARD – G. Derrick Hinton. Mr. G. Derrick Hinton is presented the International Test and Evaluation Association’s 2014 Richard G. Cross Professional Award for a valuable and lasting contribution to T&E education and training.  He established and continues to lead a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational program in the Department of Defense Test Resources Management Center for students and trainees in test and evaluation.  This STEM program advances T&E education through direct outreach to academic institutions to identify, sponsor, and attract the best student talent to the T&E community.  Sponsorship of interns raises student awareness of T&E as a career by providing funding, mentoring, and opportunities to participate in T&E projects, and will develop young talent for T&E well into the future.
 
PUBLICATIONS AWARD – Michael Badger, Dennis Bushmitch, Rick Cozby, Dr. John Harwig, and Brian Hobson. The 2014 ITEA Publications Award is presented to Mr. Michael Badger, Dr. Dennis Bushmitch, Mr. Rick Cozby, Dr. John Harwig, and Mr. Brian Hobson  for their very timely article titled “Network Capability Assessment and Standardized Measures of Performance (MoP) Framework,” appearing in the December 2013 Issue 34-4 of The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation.  The authors discuss the Army adoption of the Agile Process to enable rapid technology insertion for the associated Network Integration Event (NIE) and development of the needed measurement framework.  This technical paper has improved and increased the T&E body of knowledge and provided a pathway for better understanding of program technical requirements and interactions, reduction in time and event costs, improved processes for tests, and facilitated traceability for evaluation execution. The dedication shown by Mr. Michael Badger, Dr. Dennis Bushmitch, Mr. Rick Cozby, Dr. John Harwig, and Mr. Brian Hobson reflects great credit on these five authors, the United States Army, MITRE Corporation, and Trideum Corporation. 
 
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Directed Energy Sensors and Instrumentation Integration Team. The AEgis Technologies Directed Energy Sensors and Instrumentation Integration Team is the recipient of the 2014 ITEA Technical Achievement Award.  Instruments developed by the Directed Energy Sensors Team allowed measuring techniques that have never been accomplished before.  The access to the now-available information provides the potential to accelerate laser weapon system deployment through a better understanding of the capabilities and kill mechanisms that lasers bring to the battlefield.
 
JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD – Nicolas Holthaus. Mr. Nicolas Holthaus is presented the 2014 International Test and Evaluation (T&E) Association's Junior Achiever Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions during his first four years of practicing in the T&E field within the Department of Defense. His technical achievements in helping our warfighters, who daily venture into harm's way, is exemplified by his contributions to finding smart, innovative solutions to challenging aircraft survivability challenges. Mr. Holthaus is applauded for his tireless work on successfully testing new software for the AAR-47 warning system. His innovative, high fidelity solutions for providing thorough ground test environments for the AAR-47 sensor's Hostile Fire Indicator software, was extraordinary. Mr. Holthaus is an inspirational team-player and served as a role model for his peers as he continually strived to excel in his duties. His exemplary performance and unswerving dedication to the needs of the fleet are hallmarks for a long career that promises to innovatively extend and expand T&E knowledge & methodologies. Mr. Holthaus' foresight, leadership, and professionalism reflect great credit upon himself, the Naval Air Systems Command, and the Department of Defense.
 
ENERGIZER AWARD – Kathi Swagerty. The 2014 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Ms. Kathi Swagerty for her dedicated effort and unwavering leadership in the advancement of the ITEA Valley of the Sun Chapter. Her efforts to support ITEA at both the National and Chapter Level have resulted in increased membership and quality workshop educational opportunities.  She is the Secretary of the Valley of the Sun Chapter in Phoenix, and the Chairperson of the ITEA National Corporate Development Committee for 2014.  It is with great pleasure that the 2014 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Ms. Kathi Swagerty.  

October 8, 2014

ITEA 2013 CHAPTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Francis Scott Key Chapter recognized as Chapter of the Year


Recognized as 2014 Chapters of Excellence are the:

  • Emerald Coast Chapter (Eglin AFB, FL0, Mr. James Gosnell, President;
  • Francis Scott Key Chapter (Aberdeen, Maryland), Ms. Chris Susman, President;
  • George Washington Chapter (Washington, DC), Mr. Lee Schonenberg, President;
  • Hampton Roads Chapter (Norfolk, Virginia), Mr. Erwin Sabile, President; and,
  • Valley of the Sun Chapter (Phoenix, Arizona), Mr. Steve Woffinden, President.

These Chapters were recognized, along with the ITEA Francis Scott Key Chapter recognized as "Chapter of the Year" during the 31st Annual Symposium which was held October 6-9, at the Crystal City Marrriott in Arlington, Virginia.


October 8, 2014

ITEA 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED
Returning to the Board for another three-year terms are Mr. Pete Christensen, Mr. Charlie Garcia, and Mr. Gene Hudgins.

The ITEA Elections Committee, chaired by Mr. Rick Shelley, announced the results of the recently completed 2013 Board of Directors election. Returning to the Board for another three-year terms are Mr. Pete Christensen, Mr. Charlie Garcia, and Mr. Gene Hudgins.

The ITEA Board of Directors announced that the following individuals will be returning to the Board as Appointed Directors for one-year terms: Dr. Eileen A. Bjorkman, Ph.D., an independent aerospace professional and a member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter in ITEA’s West Region; Mr. Patrick M. Cannon, Vice President for Western Operations for The Aegis Technologies Group, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a member of the Roadrunner Chapter in ITEA’s Southwest Region; Dr. Wilson N. Felder, Ph.D., Director at the Stevens Institute of Technology and former Director of the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a member of the South Jersey Chapter in ITEA’s Northeast Region; and, Mr. Michael “Mike” McFalls, who is currently serves as Chair of ITEA’s Ways and Means Committee, is Vice President and Principal T&E Engineer for Avion Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama, and a member of the Rocket City Chapter in ITEA’s Southeast Region.

The ITEA Board of Directors would also like to announce that the following individual has been named by the Board as an Appointed Director for an one-year term: Mr. William "Bill" Keegan, Vice President for Test, Evaluation, and Analysis for AMERICAN SYSTEMS in Chantilly, Virginia, and a member of the George Washington Chapter in ITEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

The newly elected and appointed Board members were introduced during the 31st Annual Symposium, which was held October 6-9, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.


November 13, 2013

ITEA 2013 T&E PROFESSIONAL AWARDS PRESENTED
T&E industry leaders and visionaries wiere recognized at the annual ITEA awards luncheon during the 30th Annual Symposium which was be held November 12-15, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) annually presents seven (7) Professional T&E Awards to individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation profession. In addition, ITEA also awards selected individuals the Board of Directors' Award, the President's Award, Energizer Award, and the Chapter of the Year Awards.
 
ALLEN R. MATTHEWS AWARD – Dr. Joseph Durham, Jr. Named after Dr. Allen R. Matthews, founder and first president of ITEA, it is presented to an individual for a lasting, significant contribution to the field of T&E, such as the cumulative effect of a distinguished career. The Allen R. Matthews award is the highest award bestowed by ITEA.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Northrop Grumman USAS-D Test Team, Mr. Paul Balke, UCAS-D Flight Test IPT Lead, Northrop Grumman, was given for an exceptional special act of achievement in T&E, such as the solution of a major problem, or a notable project success for which there is evidence that tangible benefits have accrued.

RICHARD G. CROSS AWARD – Mr. Matthew T. Reynolds. Named after the late Major General Richard G. Cross, Jr., USAF, a highly respected figure in T&E and one of the first directors of ITEA, it is presented to an individual, team, or organization for a significant contribution to education for T&E in teaching, administration, or research.

PUBLICATIONS AWARD – Ms. Darlene Mosser-Kerner, Mr. Rick S. Thomas, and Dr. Suzanne Beers in recognition of their article, “DT&E Strategy Development:  Start With the “E”; Then Build the “T,” published in The ITEA Journal.  The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to test and evaluation literature, and is given for a book, technical paper, or article that improves or increases the body of knowledge and understanding of T&E.

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Flow-Induced Vibaration Analysis and Measurement Team, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Rhode Island, recognizes an individual or group for outstanding achievement in applying instrumentation, information technology, modeling and simulation, time-space-positioning information, electro-optics technology, or other T&E technology to cause a test and evaluation program to be better, faster, and less expensive.

JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD – Dr. Laura Freeman, Institute for Defense Analyses.  The Award recognizes a young professional who, during his/her first 5 years of practicing in the T&E field, has accomplished a significant achievement(s) which enhances and strengthens the T&E profession.

ENERGIZER AWARD – Mr. Stephen Woffinden, General Dynamics C4 Systems and President of the ITEA Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ) Chapter, recognizes “behind the scenes” volunteer contributions that have supported the Test and Evaluation community and/or member organizations.
 
PRESIDENT'S AWARD – Dr. J. Michael Barton, Sierra Lobo, Inc. The President's Award was established in 1996 to give the president of ITEA the prerogative of acknowledging individuals whom he or she deems worthy of recognition.
 
BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARD – Mr. Michael McFalls, Avion Solutions, Inc. The Board of Directors Award, established in 1997, is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association.

The awards luncheon, recognizing the recipients of 2013 ITEA Awards, was during  the 30th Annual Symposium, which was held November 12-15, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Please join ITEA and others involved in the test and evaluation industry in congratulating these award recipients.


 November 13, 2013

ITEA 2013 CHAPTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Valley of the Sun Chapter recognized as Chapter of the Year

Recognized as 2013 Chapters of Excellence are the:

Francis Scott Key Chapter (Aberdeen, Maryland), Ms. Chris Susman, President

George Washington Chapter (Washington, DC), Mr. Lee Schonenberg, President

Hampton Roads Chapter (Norfolk, Virginia), Mr. Erwin Sabile, President

Valley of the Sun Chapter (Phoenix, Arizona), Mr. Steve Woffinden, President

These Chapters were recognized, along with the announcement of the ITEA Valley of the Sun Chapter as the "Chapter of the Year", during the 30th Annual Symposium which was held November 12-15, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.


 September 18, 2013

ITEA 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED
Board welcomes newly elected Directors MG Jeffrey Riemer (USAF, Ret'd), Mr. John Schab, and Mr. Terry Wilson, and re-elected Director Mr. Charles McKee.

The ITEA Elections Committee, chaired by Mr. Rick Shelley, announced the results of the recently completed 2013 Board of Directors election. Returning to the Board for another three-year term is Mr. Charles "Chas" McKee, who is currently serves as ITEA Vice President and is a member of the George Washington Chapter in ITEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Joining the Board for three-year terms are: MG Jeffrey "Jeff" Riemer (USAF, Ret'd), Chief Operating Officer for InDyne, Inc. in Niceville, Florida, and a member of the Emerald Coast Chapter in ITEA’s Southeast Region; Mr. John Schab, Director for the Georgia Tech Research Institute at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Field Office in Aberdeen, Maryland, and a Past President of the Francis Scott Key Chapter in ITEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region; and, Mr. Terry Wilson, Vice President of TASC's Army and Information Systems Business Unit at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and a member the Huachuca Chapter in ITEA’s Southwest Region.

The ITEA Board of Directors would also like to announce that the following individuals will be returning to the Board as Appointed Directors for one-year terms: Dr. Eileen A. Bjorkman, Ph.D., an independent aerospace professional and a member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter in ITEA’s West Region; Mr. Patrick M. Cannon, Vice President for Western Operations for The Aegis Technologies Group, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a member of the Roadrunner Chapter in ITEA’s Southwest Region; Dr. Wilson N. Felder, Ph.D., Director at the Stevens Institute of Technology and former Director of the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a member of the South Jersey Chapter in ITEA’s Northeast Region; and, Mr. Michael “Mike” McFalls, who is currently serves as Chair of ITEA’s Ways and Means Committee, is Vice President and Principal T&E Engineer for Avion Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama, and a member of the Rocket City Chapter in ITEA’s Southeast Region.

The ITEA Board of Directors, the membership, and the ITEA Executive Office staff wishes to thank the following outgoing Directors for their dedication, service, and especially the time that they gave to the association while volunteering to serve on the Board: Ms. Stephanie "Steph" H. Clewer, Vice President of Corporate Development at GaN, and a Past-President of ITEA and a member of the Francis Scott Key Chapter in ITEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region; and, Mr. George R. Ryan, Director T&E and Standards at the Department of Homeland Security, and a member of the ITEA George Washington Chapter in ITEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

The newly elected Board members will be introduced at the 30th Annual Symposium which will be held November 12-15, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.


September 19, 2012

 

ITEA 2012 T&E PROFESSIONAL AWARDS PRESENTED
T&E industry leaders and visionaries were recognized at the annual ITEA awards luncheon, which was held during the 2012 Annual International Test and Evaluation Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Conference Center in Huntington Beach, California.

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) annually presents seven (7) Professional T&E Awards to individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation profession. The awards luncheon, recognizing the recipients of 2012 ITEA Awards, will be held on Wednesday, September 19th during the 2012 Annual Symposium, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, in Huntington Beach, California.  Please join ITEA and others involved in the test and evaluation industry in congratulating the following 2012 award recipients.

ALLEN R. MATTHEWS AWARD – Mr. Thomas R. Berard, recently retired SES from AFFTC, Edwards AFB.
Named after Dr. Allen R. Matthews, founder and first president of ITEA. It is presented to an individual for a lasting, significant contribution to the field of T&E, such as the cumulative effect of a distinguished career. The Allen R. Matthews award is the highest award bestowed by ITEA.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Mr. Shane Esola, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center.
Given for an exceptional special act of achievement in T&E, such as the solution of a major problem, or a notable project success for which there is evidence that tangible benefits have accrued.

RICHARD G. CROSS AWARD – Naval Aviation Test and Evaluation University.
Named after the late Major General Richard G. Cross, Jr., USAF, a highly respected figure in T&E and one of the first directors of ITEA. It is presented to an individual, team, or organization for a significant contribution to education for T&E in teaching, administration, or research.

PUBLICATIONS AWARD – Mr. Bernard “Chip” Ferguson, Dr. Michael G. Lilienthal, Mr. Christopher Yglesias, and Ms. Natalie Apuzzo, OSD Joint Mission Environment Test Cabability (JMETC).
Recognizes outstanding contributions to test and evaluation literature. Given for a book, technical paper, or article that improves or increases the body of knowledge and understanding of T&E.

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – 413th FLTS Instrumentation Team.
Recognizes an individual or group for outstanding achievement in applying instrumentation, information technology, modeling and simulation, time-space-positioning information, electro-optics technology, or other T&E technology to cause a test and evaluation program to be better, faster, and less expensive.

JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD – Mr. Michael Modica, U.S. Army T&E Command.
The Junior Achiever Award recognizes a young professional who, during his/her first 5 years of practicing in the T&E field, has accomplished a significant achievement(s) which enhances and strengthens the T&E profession.

ENERGIZER AWARD – Mr. Bruce Einfalt, Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University.
Recognizes “behind the scenes” volunteer contributions that have supported the Test and Evaluation community and/or member organizations.

ITEA BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARDDr. Steven Hutchison, Office of DASD for Developmental Test & Evaluation.
The Board of Directors Award, established in 1997, is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association.

ITEA PRESIDENT'S AWARDMr. Gary Bridgewater, MBA-VETS, LLC.
The President's Award was established in 1996 to give the president of ITEA the prerogative of acknowledging individuals whom he or she deems worthy of recognition. The President's Award is reserved for an individual who selflessly steps up to assist the president in the execution of the organization's goals and missions.


September 19, 2012

ITEA 2012 CHAPTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS PRESENTED
The ITEA Rocket City Chapter (Huntwsville, Alabama) was recognized as the "Chapter of the Year" at the annual ITEA awards luncheon, which was held on during the 2012 Annual International Test and Evaluation Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Conference Center in Huntington Beach, California.

The Board of Directors announced that the ITEA Rocket City Chapter (Huntsville, Alabama) was awarded the 2012 Chapter of the Year. This recognition is provided annually to a Chapter that has provided superior opportunities for test and evaluation professionals to learn from others and share their own experiences, as well as facilitates the peer networking that test professionals require to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and advance themselves and their profession. Along with the recognition, the Rocket City Chapter will receive $500 for their Scholarship Fund. The ITEA Scholarship Program is designed to foster interest and education in technical fields that may benefit the test and evaluation profession. The program furthers the goals of ITEA by providing financial aid to qualified students.

The Chapter of Excellence Award is presented to Chapters that are vibrant and contributing effectively to ITEA's mission and goals to help ITEA in furthering the professional and technical interests of the Test and Evaluation community. These Chapters met stringent guidelines intended to measure their level of effectiveness and are recognized at this time for their excellence. Congratulations to the leadership and membership of these Chapters.

2012 Chapters of Excellence are:

Antelope Valley Chapter (Edwards AFB, California), Mr. Doyle Janzen, President
Emerald Coast Chapter (Eglin, Florida), Mr. Doug Davis, President
Francis Scott Key Chapter (Aberdeen, Maryland), Mr. John Schab, President
George Washington Chapter (Washington DC area), Mr. Michael Wetzl, President
Rocket City Chapter (Huntsville, Alabama), Major Cornelius Allen, President


July 26, 2012

 

ITEA 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED
Board welcomes newly elected Directors Mr. Steve Moraca, Mr. Peter Nikoloff, and Mr. Randy Surch, and re-elected Director Dr. Mark Brown.

The ITEA Elections Committee, chaired by Mr. Rick Shelley, announced the results of the recently completed 2012 Board of Directors election. Returning to the Board for a three-year term is Dr. Mark Brown, Vice President at Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) in Huntsville, Alabama, and a member of the ITEA Rocket City Chapter. Joining the Board for three-year terms are: Mr. Steve Moraca, Vice President of Process Improvement for JT3, LLC, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a member of the ITEA Southern Nevada Chapter; Mr. Peter Nikoloff, Director / Senior Weapon Systems Engineer for Nova Systems, in Edinburgh, South Australia, and a member of the ITEA Southern Cross Chapter; and, Mr. Randy Surch, Enterprise Structures Test Capability Leader for The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, California, and a member of the ITEA San Diego Chapter.

The ITEA Board of Directors, the membership, and the ITEA Executive Office staff wishes to thank the following outgoing Directors for their dedication, service, and especially the time that they gave to the association while volunteering to serve on the Board: Mr. Mark Smith, President/CEO of Mark Smith Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a member of the ITEA Roadrunner Chapter; and, Dr. Steve Hutchison, T&E Executive at DISA, and a member of the ITEA George Washington Chapter.

The newly elected Board members will be introduced at the 2012 Annual Symposium which will be held September 17 - 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.

 


 September 14, 2011

ITEA 2011 CHAPTER AWARDS
Rocket City Chapter (Huntsville, Alabama), Ms. Leigh Christian, President, President, is honored as the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award

ITEA CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
Rocket City Chapter- Huntsville, Alabama
Ms. Leigh Christian, President

 

The Board of Directors recognizes the Rocket City Chapter of ITEA as the Chapter of the Year for 2011. Chapter officers President Leigh Christian, Vice President of Membership Janice Isbell, Vice President of Programs Timothy Cotter, Secretary Dr. Stephen Jones, and Treasurer Gloria Power lead a very active and vibrant Chapter that provides outstanding opportunities for test and evaluation professionals to learn from others and share their own experiences. Through Chapter meetings and events the Rocket City Chapter facilitates the peer networking that test professionals require to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and advance themselves and their profession.

 

Along with the recognition, the Rocket City Chapter will receive $500 for their Scholarship Fund. The ITEA Scholarship Program is designed to foster interest and education in technical fields that may benefit the test and evaluation profession. The program furthers the goals of ITEA by providing financial aid to qualified students. Congratulations to the Rocket City Chapter for their superior achievements!

 

The Chapter of Excellence Award is presented to Chapters that are vibrant and contributing effectively to ITEA's mission and goals to help ITEA in furthering the professional and technical interests of the Test and Evaluation community. These Chapters met stringent guidelines intended to measure their level of effectiveness and are recognized at this time for their excellence. Congratulations to the leadership and membership of these Chapters.

 

Also recognized as 2011 Chapters of Excellence were:

 

Antelope Valley Chapter (Edwards AFB, California), Mr. Michael Berard, President
Emerald Coast Chapter
(Eglin, Florida), Mr. Robert Guidry, President
George Washington Chapter (Washington DC area), Mr. Michael Wetzl, President
Greater San Diego Chapter (San Diego, California), Mr. Daniel Phelan, President
Rocket City Chapter (Huntsville, Alabama), Ms. Leigh Christian, President

 

 


 September 14, 2011

 

INTERNATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION ASSOCIATION'S 2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED 
Special awards luncheon honors individuals, groups, and ITEA Chapters that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation (T&E) profession.

 

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) annually presents six (6) Professional T&E Awards to individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to advancing the test and evaluation profession. In addition, ITEA also presents the Board of Directors' Award, the President's Award, Energizer Award, the Chapter of Excellence Awards, and the Chapter of the Year Award to recognize individuals and Chapters for their significant contributions to the Association.

At this year's awards luncheon, Ms. Stephanie Clewer, ITEA Board President, Mr. Al Sciarretta, ITEA Awards Committee Chair, and Mr. Keith Sutton, ITEA Chapter and Individual Membership Committee Chair, led a special ceremony recognizing the recipients of 2011 ITEA Award during last week's 2011 Annual Symposium, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios, in Orlando, Florida.

Please join ITEA and others involved in the test and evaluation industry in congratulating the following 2011 award recipients. Also, note that nominations for the 2012 Professional T&E Awards are due by June 1, 2012, for the period of performance from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Award recipients will be honored during ITEA's 2012 Annual Symposium, which will be held September 17 - 20, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Resort in Huntington Beach, California. Please visit the ITEA Web site at www.itea.org for additional information and nomination forms.

 

ALLEN R. MATTHEWS AWARD
John B. Foulkes, Ph.D.
The Allen R. Matthews Award was established in honor of ITEA's founder. The award is presented to an individual for a lasting, significant contribution to the field of T&E, such as the cumulative effect of a distinguished career. It is the highest award bestowed by ITEA. Over a 30 year distinguished professional career, Dr. John B. Foulkes has made outstanding and lasting contributions to the Test and Evaluation (T&E) community. He has been directly involved in all facets of T&E ranging from hands-on analytical support thru T&E policy and budget development, and has provided oversight of major defense systems and matters pertaining to the strategic planning and assessment of the nation's critical test range infrastructure. His enormous impact on the T&E community goes beyond government defense, and into academia and the technical association sector. He has, throughout his career, taught the next generation the nuances of T&E and has served as an avid and persistent leader within ITEA. Dr. Foulkes has provided exemplary service to the Department of Defense in support of the T&E mission. He provided executive leadership at the command level within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and previously for the Department of the Army. In support of the Army, his accomplishments include the consolidation of testing organizations that resulted in instituting better business practices together with preserving critical personnel. Dr. Foulkes' contributions while leading the TRMC are the highlight of a career focused on T&E, and his dedication reflects in the enormous body of work accomplished under his direction. His management of the Joint Investment Programs and Policy Division is setting standards for how T&E will be supported in the future. In addition, he was responsible for ensuring the DoD Test Infrastructure is available and ready to support acquisition programs, ensuring Department-wide test infrastructure planning and investment is in place to support future acquisition needs, and proactively federating DoD test infrastructure requirements across Government and Industry boundaries. The ITEA organization and its members salute Dr. Foulkes' career and contributions by presenting him with this award.


ITEA BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARD
Mr. Mark E. Smith
The Board of Directors Award, established in 1997, is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association. The ITEA Board of Directors Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association. For over 16 years, Mark has served ITEA in a selfless manner in various capacities at both the local and international levels. He is a past Vice President of the Roadrunner Chapter, served panel chair, guest speaker, and tutorial instructor at a variety of workshops, and as Technical Chair for the 2002 and 2005 Annual Symposiums. Mark was elected to the ITEA Board of Directors in 2006, serving two consecutive terms from 2006-2012. He distinguished himself by serving as the Chairman of the Chapter and Individual Membership Development Committee from 2006-2010. Mark revitalized the committee by spearheading a number of initiatives to achieve ITEA's strategic goals and to improve vertical and horizontal communications throughout the Association to include: establishing quarterly Chapter President teleconferences and chapter leadership and international participant meetings at annual symposiums; developing and implementing metrics and guidelines to gage chapter vibrancy and revamped the annual chapter recognition program accordingly; and played an instrumental role in developing a Chapter President's Handbook. On top of these numerous accomplishments, Mark also readily volunteered for a remarkable number of "other duties as assigned" while burdened with a heavy workload, both professionally and personally. He recently led a vital Revenue Action Team and played a very active role in the development of the current ITEA Strategic Plan. Since joining the Association, Mark has consistently embraced involvement at every level and, through his many efforts, contributed greatly to the stability and future of ITEA. To say that Mark is a model volunteer and ITEA member would be an understatement. His professionalism and integrity serves as a model that many of us strive for. For that, it is with great pleasure and sincere humbleness that the 2011 ITEA Board of Directors Award is presented to Mr. Mark Smith.


ITEA PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Mr. Randon R. Herrin
The President's Award was established in 1996 to give the president of ITEA the prerogative of acknowledging individuals whom he or she deems worthy of recognition. The President's Award is reserved for an individual who selflessly steps up to assist the president in the execution of the organization's goals and missions. Improving the quality and relevance of our educational offerings is a key goal in the ITEA Strategic Plan, and ensuring the relevancy of ITEA's educational offerings was President Clewer's primary focus. The Association was extremely lucky to have Randy as the Education Chair to "carry the flag", so to speak, with incredible passion. In spite of significant demands on his time, both professionally and personally, he selflessly achieved more this year than was even hoped. During this time, Randy proactively revamped the Education Committee, facilitated a member survey, and began forging partnerships within the test and evaluation and academic communities that I am certain will enable the Association to meet and exceed the Strategic Plan goals for education. ITEA's success relies heavily on the sheer hard work and determination of our volunteers and Randy definitely went above and beyond. It is with great pleasure that Randy is presented with the 2011 ITEA President's Award for laying the groundwork to ensure ITEA is postured to equip our T&E workforce with the skills and training required to face emerging challenges. Thank you, Randy, for a job well done!

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dragon Spear Combined Test Force, Eglin Air Force Base
The 2011 Special Achievement Award The Dragon Spear Combined Test Force, 780th Test Squadron, 46th Operations Group, 46thTest Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida distinguished itself in outstanding service to the United States from 1 August 2010 to 31 May 2011. In order to meet the urgent warfighter need for an enhanced precision strike capability, Special Operations Command made the Dragon Spear Test Program its number one acquisition initiative. A lean core team was formed to expedite parallel development of multiple aircraft systems. The delivery of 12 MC-130W aircraft fitted with multiple precision strike munitions options, enhanced Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, and a 30 millimeter gun system provided close air support for troops in contact. These capabilities were delivered ahead of schedule while exceeding performance expectations. The spin-off capabilities provided to Department of Defense units have bolstered daily combat capability in direct support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. A final surge of 34 missions in 61 days delivered a highly precise weapon system, allowing the high value target-kill chain to be cut from hours to minutes. The professionalism and devotion to duty of the test force members reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States Air Force. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Special Achievement Award is presented to the Dragon Spear Combined Test Force Team.

 

RICHARD G. CROSS AWARD
Mr. J. James McCue, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
 
The Richard G. Cross Award is presented to Mr. J. James McCue in recognition of outstanding achievements in the development and administration of T&E education. This year, Mr. McCue provided over 200 hours of classroom instruction. He has spent the year updating his performance model. The model and associated computer program used for performance data reduction was created by Mr. McCue and has become a widely accepted model throughout the U.S military test community. His constant adaptation to modern challenges and the incorporation of the product of those efforts into the syllabus have a lasting effect on the quality of instruction and the students. In addition to supporting the Test Pilot School’s main curricula, Mr. McCue developed lectures and courses specifically targeted at certain issues to aid Navy and Marine Corps test program development. Mr. McCue’s work and instruction on high altitude helicopter performance issues and compensation strategies for operations of heavy helicopters in both extreme hot and cold environments had an immediate impact in preparing Navy and Marine Corps aircrews deploying to Afghanistan for their demanding assignment. Mr. McCue’s tireless devotion to development and administration of T&E education reflects great credit upon himself, the US Naval Test Pilot School, and the US Navy. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Richard G. Cross Award is presented to Mr. J. James McCue.

 

PUBLICATIONS AWARD
Dr. Roy Campbell, Mr. Tim Owen, and Mr. Rob Scott, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program
The Publications Award is presented to Dr. Roy Campbell, Mr. Tim Owen and Mr. Rob Scott for their outstanding contribution to the written body of knowledge and understanding in Test and Evaluation as the co-authors of, “Joint Sensor: Security Test and Evaluation Embedded in a Production Network Sensor Cloud” published in the December 2010 issue of The ITEA Journal. In this article, the authors explain the limitations with traditional approaches to network security. The article reveals innovation and insight in merging research and development with production networks to realize more timely technology insertion while ensuring greater cyber security. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Publications Award is presented to Dr. Roy Campbell in recognition of his significant contribution to test and evaluation literature.

 

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Urgent Operational Needs Weapons Analysis Facility Study Team, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division – Newport
 
It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Technical Achievement Award is presented to the Urgent Operational Needs (UON) Weapons Analysis Facility (WAF) Study Team of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport for its diligently executed response to an Anti-Submarine Warfare UON statement from Commander, Fifth Fleet. Team members conducted a modeling and simulation (M&S) study to assess heavyweight and lightweight torpedo performance in an emerging threat scenario of high interest to the Submarine Fleet utilizing Division Newport’s high-fidelity, hardware-in-the-loop Weapons Analysis Facility (WAF). Evaluating both current Fleet and newer, developmental torpedo variants side-by-side under exactly the same conditions, the team gathered meaningful weapon effectiveness comparison data and identified areas where future torpedo changes could improve performance. This highly dedicated, innovative, and extremely responsive team pursued answers to an urgent Fleet need in a high-tempo, short-deadline situation. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Special Achievement Award be presented to the UON WAF Study Team.

 

JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD
Captain Travis Bryce, AWACS Joint Test Force 
Captain Bryce distinguished himself through outstanding service as the Deputy Chief for flight test at the E-3 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) Joint Test Force, Aerial Air Surveillance Division, Electronic Systems Center, Seattle, Washington from 1 January – 31 December 2010. Captain Bryce skillfully and tirelessly supported seven AWACS test programs; accumulating 15 test sorties and 97.1 flight hours, and becoming a designated instructor Test Director. These programs include Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operation and Navigation, Transitional Network Capability (TNC), Advanced Modern Electronic Warfare, Next Generation Identification Friend or Foe, AWACS Block 40/45 mission system upgrade, E-3 AWACS, Rivet Joint net centric demo, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force E-767 AWACS. Capt Bryce’s superb skill allowed the delivery of TNC two months early and $300K under cost, and seamless transition of the Japanese E-767 AWACS to flight test. The test data that Capt Bryce collected provided top DoD officials to make acquisition decisions on programs totaling over $680M and allowed AWACS operators to develop tactics to defeat advanced electronic attack. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Bryce reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Junior Achiever Award is presented to Captain Travis Bryce.

 

ENERGIZER AWARD
Ms. Leigh Christian, Amtec Corporation
 
The Energizer Award is presented to Ms. Leigh Christian for her tireless efforts both at a local and national level in both ITEA and in the Test and Evaluation community. She has served as the ITEA President for the Huntsville Rocket City Chapter (RCC) since 2009, and immediately upon joining ITEA in 2005 she was instated as the Vice President of Programs. During her involvement with ITEA RCC, attendance at meetings increased threefold; she nominated two members of the Huntsville chapter to serve as officers on the National ITEA Board; she coordinates ITEA meetings jointly with other local groups’ meetings, such as Rocket City LabVIEW User’s Group, Women in Defense, and others; exposing many others in the T&E community to ITEA. A member of the ITEA Chapter of Excellence award and the only non-LabVIEW user to be awarded LabVIEW Champion, representing ITEA at the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies as secretary, and assisting with ITEA tutorials at Test Week, the impact Mrs. Christian has is clear on the Huntsville T&E community. Her dedication to each of her responsibilities does not waver, weaving together seamlessly a professional and positive, upbeat attitude. Under her leadership, the ITEA Rocket City Chapter has established a local education committee and is working closely with Redstone Test Center team and Defense Acquisition University to formulate a path for T&E courses in conjunction with ITEA. It is with great pleasure that the 2011 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Ms. Leigh Christian.

 


 August 30, 2011

 

ITEA 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED 

Board welcomes newly elected Directors Mr. Tim Chalfant, Mr. Pete Christensen, Mr. Charlie Garcia, and Mr. Gene Hudgins.

 

The ITEA Elections Committee, chaired by Mr. Gary Bridgewater, announced on Monday the results of the recently completed 2011 Board of Directors election. Returning to the Board for a three-year term is Mr. Gene Hudgins, Engineering Manager with BAE Systems of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and a member of the ITEA Emerald Coast Chapter. Joining the Board for three-year terms are: Mr. Tim Chalfant, Division Chief, Instrumentation Division for the 412th TENG / ENI at Edwards AFB, California, and a member of the ITEA Antelope Valley Chapter; Mr. Pete Christensen, Department Head of the Naval Sea Systems Department for The MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia, and a member of the ITEA George Washington Chapter; and, Mr. Charlie Garcia, Vice President of Range and Engineering Services for TRAX International in El Paso, Texas, and a member of the ITEA White Sands Chapter.

The ITEA Board of Directors, the membership, and the ITEA Executive Office staff wishes to thank the following outgoing Directors for their dedication, service, and especially the time that they gave to the association while volunteering to serve on the Board: Mr. Bert Johnston, Vice President and General Manager of Systems Engineering for Wyle in Lexington Park, Maryland, and a member of the ITEA George Washington Chapter; Mr. John Smith, of Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) in Norfolk, Virginia, and a member of the ITEA Tidewater Chapter; and, Mr. John Wiley, Manager of Technical Strategies & Integration for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a member of the ITEA Southern New Jersey Chapter.

 

The newly elected Board members will be introduced at the 2011 Annual Symposium which will be held September 12 - 15 at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.

 

 


 September 16, 2010

 

ITEA 2010 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The following individuals were recognized during the 2010 ITEA Annual Symposium.

 

BEST PAPER: Performance Assessments of Two-Way, Free Form, Speech-to-Speech Translation Systems for Tactical Use - Mr. Brian A Weiss and Mr. Craig I. Schlenoff.
BEST PRESENTATION: Integrated Mission Based Testing - MAJ Garth Winterle, JITC
BEST PRESENTATION 2nd PLACE: Challenges to Effective Cyber T&E - Mr. Jon Callahan, General Dynamics C4 Systems
BEST PRESENTATION 3rd PLACE:
The Multi-Relationship Evaluation Design Framework: Producing Evaluation Blueprints to Test Emerging, Advanced, and Intelligent Technologies - Brian A. Weiss, NIST, and Dr. Linda C. Schmidt, University of Maryland
BEST POSTER PRESENTATION: Development of a Test, Evaluation and Analysis (TE&A) Methodology for the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office - Mr. Scott W. Tousley, DHS, and Dr. Marshall Millett, ManTech SRS
BEST TUTORIAL: Fundamental Statistical Concepts and Methods needed in a Test and Evaluator’s Toolkit - Mr. Mark Kiemele, Ph.D.

 

 


September 16, 2010

 

ITEA 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS ANNOUNCED
Newly elected President Stephanie Clewer of CSC welcomes seven new Board members

 

Seven new Board members were introduced at the International Test and Evaluation Association’s (ITEA) Board of Directors annual meeting, which was held during the 2010 Annual Symposium hosted by the Renaissance Glendale Hotel in Glendale, Arizona. New members elected to three year terms were Mr. Michael T. McFalls of Trideum Corporation and Dr. Charles “Chas” McKee of Alion Science and Technology. New members appointed to one year terms were Mr. Stewart “Stu” Burley of Strategic Theories Unlimited, Mr. William “Bill” T. Keegan of SAIC, Mr. Ted McFarland of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Mr. Keith Sutton of Syzygy Technologies, Inc. Also joining the Board is Mr. Gene Hudgins of BAE Systems Technical Services who was appointed to complete the remaining year on the term of a vacant Board position.

 

Re-elected to the Board for three year terms were Ms. Stephanie Clewer of CSC and Mr George R. Ryan of DHS. Other Board members include Dr. Mark D. Brown of Scientific Research Corporation, Dr. Steven Hutchison of Defense Information Systems Agency, Rear Admiral Charles “Bert” Johnston (Ret.) of Wyle, Mr. John Smith of COMOPTEVFOR, Mr. Mark E. Smith of Mark Smith Associates, and Mr. John L. Wiley of the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

During the meeting the Board of Directors also elected as its 2011 officers Ms. Stephanie Clewer as President, Dr. Mark D. Brown as Vice President, Dr. Charles “Chas” McKee as Secretary, and Mr. Michael T. McFalls as Treasurer.

 

 


September 14, 2010

 

ITEA 2010 CHAPTER AWARDS PRESENTED
Antelope Valley Chapter (Edwards AFB, California), Mr. Tim Chalfant, President, is honored as the 2010 Chapter of the Year Award

 

Also recognized as 2010 Chapters of Excellence were:

Antelope Valley Chapter (Edwards AFB, California), Mr. Tim Chalfant, President
Emerald Coast Chapter
(Eglin, Florida), Mr. Rob Crist, President
Francis Scott Key Chapter (Aberdeen, Maryland), Mr. John Schab, President
George Washington Chapter (Washington DC area), Mr. Charles McKee, President
Greater San Diego Chapter (San Diego, California), Mr. Jack Sears, President
Rocket City Chapter (Huntsville, Alabama), Ms. Leigh Christian, President

 


 

September 14, 2010

 

ITEA 2010 TEST AND EVALUATION PROFESSIONAL AWARDS PRESENTED


Dr. James J. Streilein is honored with the 2010 Allen R. Matthews Award

The Allen R. Matthews Award was established in honor of ITEA’s founder. The award is presented to an individual for a lasting, significant contribution to the field of T&E, such as the cumulative effect of a distinguished career. It is the highest award bestowed by ITEA. Dr. James J. Streilein is cited for a distinguished career in test and evaluation during which he made significant and lasting advances in the quality and efficiency of test procedures and analysis. Over a period of 40 years he formulated, practiced, led, and mentored in virtually every critical improvement in Army test and evaluation of weaponry and other materiel systems. As one of the most respected members of the reliability, availability, and maintainability community, he has been pivotal in improving state-of-the-art test engineering. As an innovator and leader in Army analysis, he has been a key driver in the introduction and refinement of many of the analytic processes underlying evaluation. As a director of increasingly higher level analysis, test, and evaluation organizations up to and including the Army Test and Evaluation Command, he has been and continues to be the mentor and inspiration for the thousands of practicing professionals in Army test and evaluation. Dr. Streilein is a recognized expert and advisor to other military services, the Department of Defense, and the entire international test and evaluation community. It is with great admiration that the 2010 ITEA Allen R. Matthews Award is presented to Dr. James J. Streilein.

 

Dr. J. Michael Barton is honored with the 2010 Board of Directors Award
The Board of Directors Award, established in 1997, is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association. It is with great pride that ITEA recognizes Dr. J. Michael Barton for his years of service as Chair of the ITEA Publications Committee. Among his many contributions to the committee and the ITEA community at large, Dr. Barton: Restructured the Committee and actively revamped the volunteer composition to include diversity representation; Focused major effort on expanding content to non-traditional T&E topics outside of our typical membership perimeters; Spearheaded the decision to outsource the publication of The ITEA Journal and its managing editing, thus providing the Association with significant annual expense savings; Was instrumental in developing an improved look for The ITEA Journal; and, established the concept of recognizing contributing cover art work for the Journal by sending contributing partners a framed copy of the issue featuring the cover art. Dr. Barton works tirelessly to improve the Journal, with little fanfare and need for recognition, has never missed the scheduling of the quarter publications meetings, and is an amazing taskmaster at pulling together dozens of contributing authors for each issue and reviewing their contributions, while always working on the next issue. Dr. Barton’s work ethic and volunteer efforts are exemplary and the ITEA Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge his dedication to this Association.

 

Mr. Michael Schall is honored with the 2010 President's Award
The President's Award was established in 1996 to give the president of ITEA the prerogative of acknowledging individuals whom he or she deems worthy of recognition. It is with great pride that ITEA recognizes Mr. Michael Schall for his over twenty years of outstanding service as a member of the Association. Currently serving as the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee and as a member of the Revenue Action team, Michael previously served as Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee and the Corporate Development Committee. As President of Quadelta, Inc., a veteran owned, small business ITEA Corporate Member, he has ensured that Quadelta has been a strong corporate supporter of ITEA. Mike continues to dedicate his valuable time and efforts to ensure that ITEA maintains its position as the premier Association for the Test and Evaluation community.

 

Mrs. Cathy Pritts is honored with the 2010 Energizer Award
The Energizer Award recognizes the “behind the scenes” volunteer contributions that have supported the Test and Evaluation community and/or member organizations. The Energizer Award is presented to Mrs. Cathy Pritts for exemplary performance and outstanding achievement during the period May 2000 through August 2010, while serving as a member of the Francis Scott Key (FSK) Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association. Mrs. Pritts embodies the tenets of the “Energizer Award” through her vigorous support to local and National level ITEA events; to improving information exchange and networking opportunities by teaming with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA); to emphasizing careers in Test and Evaluation not only through the scholarship program but through assistance with internships; to the acquisition of senior level speakers of FSK Chapter luncheons. If there is something the Chapter needs Mrs. Pritts is there to support. Mrs. Pritts’ cooperation, dedication, and professionalism reflect greatly upon herself, the Francis Scott Key Chapter, and the International Test and Evaluation Association.

 

Mr. Rick Dove is honored with the 2010 Publication Award
The Publication Award recognizes outstanding contributions to test and evaluation literature. ITEA presents this award to honor individuals whose published books and technical papers have improved and increased the general body of knowledge relevant to better understanding and development of test and evaluation technology. The literary works considered may be broad in scope or may address a single functional area that is included under the test and evaluation umbrella. The Publications Award is presented to Mr. Rick Dove for his outstanding contribution to the written body of knowledge and understanding in Test and Evaluation as the author of the two-part article, “Paths for Peer Behavior Monitoring Among Unmanned Autonomous Systems” and “Methods for Peer Behavior Monitoring Among Unmanned Autonomous Systems” published in the September 2009 and December 2009 issues of The ITEA Journal, respectively. In this article the author explains peer behavior in autonomous and self-organizing systems. The article identifies technical issues, safety concerns and potential solutions for both testing and implementing these systems. It is with great pleasure that the 2010 ITEA Publications Award is presented to Mr. Rick Dove in recognition of his significant contribution to test and evaluation literature.

 

Mr. Ralph E. Hughart is honored with the 2010 Cross Award
The Cross Award was established in honor of the late Major General Richard G. Cross, Jr., USAF (Ret), one of the most highly respected individuals in the field of test and evaluation in the 20th century. ITEA presents this award to recognize outstanding achievements in the development or administration of test and evaluation education. The Richard G. Cross Award is presented to Mr. Ralph E. Hughart for significantly advancing the quality of Army test and evaluation education since 1986. He has directed every presentation of the Army’s Operational Test Command basic training courses for twenty-three years; he successfully developed course materials, coordinated instructors and distinguished guest speakers, arranged facilities, supervised the courses, and provided oversight to other instructors in an increasingly effective manner; and he partnered with other course directors in reorganizations to merge his course with parallel courses of other commands into the present-day US Army Test and Evaluation Command’s Test and Evaluation Basic Course for all military and civilian personnel entering Army T&E. He is a classroom instructor and is one of the prime developers of the computer based training component of the course. Throughout a distinguished career as a T&E educator, Mr. Hughart has been continuously commended by students, other instructors, supervisors, and senior oversight officials for developing, presenting, and improving Army T&E education. It is with great pleasure that the 2010 ITEA Richard G. Cross Award is presented to Mr. Ralph Hughart in recognition of his significant contribution to test and evaluation education.

 

Major Benjamin C. Both is honored with the 2010 Technical Achievement Award
The Technical Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group for outstanding achievement of applying Instrumentation, Information Technology, Modeling and Simulation, or the Time-Space-Positioning Information (TSPI) data collection and electro-optics (E-O) to cause a test and evaluation program to be better, faster, and less expensive. It is with great pleasure that the 2010 ITEA Technical Achievement Award is presented to Major Benjamin C. Both for his excellence as Bomber Test Operations Division Chief, B-2 Test Director, and B-2 Operational Test Pilot at Detachment 5, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC). Major Both validated $4.7 billion in combat system upgrades while operationally testing the B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL), B-2 Radar Modernization Program (RMP), B-2 Extremely High Frequency and Computer Upgrade Program (EHF), and B-52 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT). As the B-2 RMP operational test director, Major Both highlighted capability shortfalls two years before low rate initial production, allowing the systems group to resolve every major system shortfall and to avoid a Nunn-McCurdy breach. He championed integrated developmental and operational testing (IDT/OT), collecting 41% of B-2 RMP operational test data during developmental testing to save four million dollars. Major Both’s IDT/OT experience helped reduce the total B-2 EHF test timeline by six months, saving an additional eight million dollars and driving a 25% reduction in dedicated operational testing for the B-52 CONECT and B-1 FIDL programs. Finally, Major Both led AFOTEC’s 2009 Modeling and Simulation Team of the year, driving development of seven bomber suitability modeling and simulation programs that reduced operational test flight hours by 25%. Major Both’s ability to balance detailed analysis with high-level test management directly impacted the United States Air Force’s global strike combat capability.

 

NUWC Division Newport Lightweight Torpedo Mk 54 Red Path Testing Team is honored with the 2010 Special Achievement Award
The Special Achievement Award recognizes a recent outstanding achievement in test and evaluation engineering, technology, or management such as the solution of a major problem, or a notable project success for which there is evidence that tangible benefits have accrued. The 2010 Special Achievement Award is presented to the NUWC Division Newport Lightweight Torpedo Mk 54 Red Path Testing Team for using innovative engineering and management processes during Lightweight Torpedo Mk 54 Fire Control Interface testing to discover and resolve safety anomalies. Utilizing aggressive techniques including Red Path Testing and SCRUM, the Team implemented continuous improvements in execution of tasks, increased efficiency, and finished testing ahead of schedule. During testing, the Team discovered three possible sets of conditions outside the specifications that could have catastrophic performance results. The team assimilated the data and provided quick, accurate, and responsive feedback to the sponsor, PMS 404. Since the identified risk levels would have been difficult to pass through the necessary independent safety organizations and still meet the deadline, the Team, with a significant amount of overtime, accommodated two unplanned re-work cycles and developed and implemented a solution that corrected the anomalies and passed testing, all ahead of schedule and within budget. Through innovative process improvements, outstanding dedication, and superlative effort, the Team has made significant contributions to the Fleet. It is with great pleasure that the 2010 ITEA Special Achievement Award is presented to the Lightweight Torpedo Mk 54 Red Path Testing Team.

 

 


July 26, 2010

 

ITEA Welcomes James M. Gaidry, CAE, as New Executive Director
The ITEA Board of Directors is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Mr. James Gaidry to the T&E community. James brings with him an engineering, military, and technology industry background, combined with a solid track record in association management. He will make his debut appearance at the Annual Symposium in Glendale, Arizona the week of September 13. Please feel free to contact him directly at 703-631-6222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


 

ITEA Bylaw Change
In accordance with the bylaws, policies, and procedures of this Association, any amendments to the governing bylaws must meet with the desires of the Board of Directors and the general membership. On June 9, 2010, the Board approved the following amendment to Article VI, Board of Directors, Section 2. Membership and Composition. The bylaw as written will be adopted on July 7, 2010.

Number and Composition. The number of Directors of the Association shall be eleven. The Board should include a broad spectrum of the T&E community and include representatives from Government, Industry, and Academia. An ancillary goal is that the Board reflects the functional diversity of the T&E community to include members of the technical, management, policy, and analysis sectors. To ensure diversification, the Board of Directors may appoint up to four additional Board members for terms of one year, renewable no more than twice. ITEA Board of Directors must be members in good standing of ITEA.

 


New ITEA Chapters
On March 24, 2010, the ITEA Board of Directors welcomed three newly established chapters to ITEA: The Southern Nevada Chapter, with Mr. Steve Moraca as President; The Charleston Chapter, with Mr. Phillipp Charles as President; and The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) Chapter, with Mr. Robert Olson as President. Thank you to all of the new Chapter officers for your dedication to ITEA.

The leaders of the Southern Nevada Chapter are off to a great start as they announce their partnership with the Antelope Valley and China Lake Chapters in hosting the 2010 Test Instrumentation Workshop at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 10 - 13.

The site of the 2010 Technology Review Conference will be at the Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina, July 19 – 22 where the leaders of the newly formed Charleston Chapter will be on hand to support the program as they introduce the local T&E community to their new chapter!

The leaders of the Valley of the Sun Chapter, located in the Phoenix Greater Metropolitan area, are in the process of building their team to support the ITEA Annual Symposium, being held September 13 – 16, 2010 at the Renaissance hotel in Glendale, Arizona. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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