Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Award
The LtGen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Award is given to an individual and to a group who:
- Demonstrate outstanding achievement in the practical application of Systems Engineering principles, promotion of robust systems engineering principles throughout the organization, or effective systems engineering process development.
- Demonstrably, through their systems engineering contributions, helped achieve significant cost savings due to new or enhanced processes procedures and/or concepts, increased mission capabilities, or substantially increased performance.
The Individual Award is intended to recognize a body of work spanning a career or most recent career activities. The Group Award is intended to recognize significant accomplishments during the previous year.
The National Defense Industrial Association’s Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Award was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., USAF, whose leadership embodied the highest ideals in Defense Systems development and deployment. Lt Gen Ferguson was one of the original participants in the NDIA Systems Engineering Division during its founding years in 1997.
2021 Award Winners
Ms. Philomena Zimmerman - 2021 Lieutenant General Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Individual Award Winner
Ms. Philomena Zimmerman is presented with the Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson Jr. Excellence Individual Award for her distinguished efforts in improving Systems Engineering practices across the DoD enterprise. Her establishment of foundational infrastructure enabled the Digital Engineering and Modeling and Simulation communities to connect and synergize. Ms. Zimmerman’s endeavors were also pivotal in updating the Department policy, practice, and workforce development to enable better use of digital practices throughout the OUSD(R&E) and across DoD. Her efforts reflect exceptional credit upon her, the Systems & Mission Engineering community, and the intent and legacy of the Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr Systems Engineering Excellence Individual Award.
Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport Mk 48 Mod 7 Advanced Processor Build Five Plus (APB 5+) Software Systems Engineering and Development Team - 2021 Lieutenant General Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award Winner
Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport Mk 48 Mod 7 Advanced Processor Build Five Plus (APB 5+) Software Systems Engineering and Development Team consisting of Kevin Chaves, Jeong Bae, Daniel Wilson, Mark Campbell, Jonathan Ogren, and Jay Patel – is presented with the 2021 Lieutenant General Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award. The group of System Engineers are recognized for the Mk 48 Mod 7 APB5+ torpedo operational software upgrade. The group of System Engineers are recognized for the Mk 48 Mod 7 APB5+ torpedo operational software upgrade, which served as the driving force in developing fleet requirements for the Mk 48 torpedo solutions. The project’s contribution significantly improved overall tactical capabilities, including an increased flexibility to define operating space, enhanced torpedo presets including “Target Cards,” and improved CCS Target Motion Analysis inputs, which also provided post-launch updates and fire control solution confidence. The teams’ activities and endeavors embody the intent and legacy of the reflect Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award.
|2019||Garry Roedler, Lockheed Martin Corporation||Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS) Design Team|
|2018||Timothy Patrick,NSWCDD||Submarine Harpoon Rim of the Pacific Demonstration Team, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport|
|2017||Ms.Kristen Baldwin, DASD (SE)||CREATE|
|2016||Mr. Stephen P. Welby, ASD (R&E)||CLUSTER TOPGATE team, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport|
|2015||Mr. Steve Henry, Northrop Grumman Information Systems (Retired)||Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Systems Engineering Team, The Raytheon Company|
|2014||David R. Castellano, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal||Raytheon Company Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Systems Engineering Team|
|2013||Dr. James T. Keeney, Air Force Research Laboratory||Northrop Grumman Information Systems|
|F-35 Communications, Navigation, Identification (CNI)|
|2012||David E. Davis, US Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center||F-15 Suite 7E Test Team, Air Force 46th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base|
|2011||CAPT Thomas Heatter, USN, MDA||National Reconnaissance Office Launch Team|
|2010||Harold (Hal) Wilson, Northrop Grumman||CECOM Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared Program andMDA Airborne Laser Testbed Systems Engineering Division|
|2009||Brian Wells, Raytheon||University of Maryland Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)|
|2008||Dr. James Finley, USD(AT&L)||US Navy PMS-420, Techical Direction Agent Team for LCS Mission Package Project|
|2007||Robert Skalamera, USD(AT&L)||US Navy-NUWC-Newport - Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical System Team|
Advanced Collaborative System Optimization Modeler (ACSOM)
|2005||Mark Schaeffer, USD(AT&L) SE||N/A|
|2004||Mike Wynne, USD(AT&L)||N/A|
|2003||Bob Rassa, Raytheon||N/A|