2013 ITEA Professional Awards

2013 ITEA Professional Awards

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

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.

These individuals and groups were honored at the 2013 awards luncheon 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. For more information please visit us at www.itea.org.

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 hereby presented to Dr. Joseph E Durham, Jr. in recognition of his distinguished professional career of service to the T&E community spanning more than 45 year, over 25 of which were Federal Government service. His work was pioneering; his fingerprints remain visible today on a host of test capabilities, processes and procedures across a wide variety of arenas. Particularly noteworthy are his accomplishments in tactical air defense analysis, threat simulations and surrogates, foreign materiel exploitation programs, test bed development, and C3. Dr. Durham played a key role in expanding the use of Modeling and Simulation in the T&E process and was instrumental in developing and initiating the processes to standardize digital simulations throughout the intelligence and T&E communities.  A seasoned adjunct professor for more than 15 years, Dr. Durham holds engineering degrees at three levels and has held a series of government and contractor positions that have been highly influential and of enormous impact to the T&E community. His trailblazing work at the core weaved engineering expertise into a mosaic connecting the test and evaluation, intelligence and academic communities in direct support of fielding state of the art warfighting capabilities.  ITEA is pleased to recognize Dr. Joseph E. Durham, Jr. as the well deserved 2013 recipient of the prestigious Allen R Matthews Award.

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. The ITEA Special Achievement Award is presented to the Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Test Team for the successful completion of a series of “firsts” in naval aviation.  Significant accomplishments include catapult and arrest testing at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River and at-sea deck handling demonstration on board the CVN 75 USS Harry Truman. The team’s efforts culminated with the first automated catapult of an unmanned air vehicle and completion of precision landings on board the CVN 77 USS George Bush.  The team’s success in completing these initial demonstrations established new protocols that will be used to develop, test, and approve future unmanned systems.  Team members overcame unique challenges in obtaining flight clearance and test plan approvals that were truly new in the T&E world. They diligently worked with the U.S. Navy to provide all substantiating data to acquire a first-ever flight clearance, technical hazard analysis, and test readiness approval for the ground-breaking testing of an aircraft carrier capable experimental unmanned air system. The team consisted of an exceptional group of 140 T&E professionals located primarily in Rancho Bernardo, California, and at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.

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. Mr. Matthew T. Reynolds is presented the International Test and Evaluation Association 2013 Richard G. Cross Award for valuable and lasting contributions to Test and Evaluation education and training for more than twenty years as a training developer, course director, instructor, and producer of training materials. He has directly instructed more than one thousand T&E students and influenced numerous colleagues, fellow instructors and senior officials.  He has advanced Test and Evaluation education and training by development of a short course and tutorial, as well as by authorship of a textbook, guest lectures in important courses, participation in T&E workshops and work groups, and by monitoring junior personnel and advising senior officials.

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. The Publications Award is presented to Ms. Darlene Mosser-Kerner, Mr. Rick S. Thomas, and Dr. Suzanne Beers for their outstanding contribution to the written body of knowledge and understanding in Test and Evaluation as the authors of “DT&E Strategy Development: Start With the ‘E’; Then Build the ‘T'” published in The ITEA Journal Issue 34-2. This article is an outstanding contribution to test and evaluation literature. The article illustrates how use of an evaluation framework in the Developmental Test and Evaluation community to guide technical evaluations would help provide more useful information for acquisition decisions. Having similar evaluation frameworks in Developmental and Operational test communities could also aide in identifying common test interests.  The article discusses that a similar evaluation framework across Developmental Test and Operational Test may facilitate use of Design for Six Sigma quality improvements in acquisition and Design of Experiments for test rigor and for knowing when testing is sufficient. This technical paper has improved and increased the body of knowledge and provided a pathway for better understanding of program technical requirements, a pathway to higher quality acquisitions, and improved processes for tests. The dedication shown by Ms. Darlene Mosser-Kerner, Mr. Rick Thomas, and Dr. Suzanne Beers reflects great credit on these three authors.

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. The Flow-Induced Vibration Analysis and Measurement Team developed a technique to measure the flow-induced vibratory motion of a submarine periscope mast.  In situ measurement and analysis of the mast gyroscope error signals that are used to stabilize the periscope optics in response to mast movement determined mast movement and, thereby, the speeds at which the mast became resonant.  This marks the first time that data on the motion of a mast while at sea has been obtained and this validation allows the vortex shedding modeling technique to be part of the test planning and Test and Evaluation procedures for the current set and subsequent masts.

JUNIOR ACHIEVER AWARD – Dr. Laura Freeman, Institute for Defense Analyses.
Dr. Laura Freeman is presented the International Test and Evaluation Association Junior Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the operational test and evaluation community during her first three years of practicing in the Test and Evaluation field. Dr. Freeman has been a leader in developing approaches to the application of statistical techniques, and design of experiments more specifically, to the unique challenges of operational testing – particular challenges include the uncontrolled nature of operational tests, their high cost and scarcity, and long traditions of doing operational testing in certain ways. She provided subject matter expertise to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, the Test Science working group, and the Director Developmental Test and Evaluation Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques implementation plan. Dr. Freeman has been a leader throughout the test community developing new ways to use advanced statistical techniques; she has been tireless in developing new ways to enhance the efficiency of test plans and the rigor of the evaluations presented to DoD decision-makers, including the quantification of risks and uncertainties.  She has been an energetic author and proponent of numerous papers, briefings, and seminars on advanced statistical techniques and their application to Test Evaluation issues.

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. The 2013 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Mr. Steve Woffinden for his dedicated effort and unwavering leadership in the advancement of the ITEA Valley of the Sun Chapter.  His persistence, outreach and commitment resulted in increasing the Chapter membership by over 100%.   He has shown a selfless commitment in the planning and promotion of Test Tuesdays and promoting awareness in the Test and Evaluation community in the Phoenix Area.  It is with great pleasure that the 2013 ITEA Energizer Award is presented to Mr. Steve Woffinden.

The Board of Directors’ Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the growth, development, goals, and mission of the Association. The 2013 ITEA Board of Directors is please to recognize Michael McFalls for his proven leadership and guidance throughout the years to the Association and the Board of Directors. From service at the Chapter level to the International Board of Directors, he has been a champion for ITEA and our membership. Mr. McFalls took on the additional duties as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee during one of the most difficult years in ITEA’s history.  He has guided ITEA through a challenging financial crisis and provided the insights and leadership required to allow ITEA to “stay the course” and remain a viable organization.  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 Board of Directors’ meetings for the next year, and look forward to his participation with ITEA for many more years to come. Mr. McFalls will always have the Board of Directors’ and my gratitude for all he has done.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Dr. J. Michael Barton.
The 2013 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 2013 ITEA President’s Award to Dr. J. Michael Barton. Dr. Barton selflessly devoted himself to leadership of the ITEA Publications Committee and specifically for The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation for nearly a decade.  He created the “look and feel” of the Journal that we have all come to respect.  As Chair of the ITEA Publications Committee, Dr Barton developed themes and theme descriptions for Journal issues, targeted and solicited featured articles, reviewed and approved technical papers, selected the cover graphics, authored the Inside the Issue feature to technically describe the issue contents, and quality checked the entire Journal for each issue.  I can think of no one else who is more deserving than Michael to receive this award. We appreciate your many years of faithful support.