Early Career Achievement Awards
Dr. Emily E. Fenn, for her significant technical contributions to the field of air vehicle survivability, and for her expert analysis of infrared systems in support of research programs at national laboratories and studies for the U.S. Air Force Red Team.
Dr. Vijay N. Gadepally, for his outstanding technical leadership, productivity, and creativity in advancing high performance computing at Lincoln Laboratory and throughout the academic computing community, and for significant efforts in support of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center.
Dr. Bow-Nan Cheng, for his work in the development, understanding, and standardization of radio-to-router interface technology as a means to separate radio and router functionality and to allow greater interoperability among systems. His work has led to the adoption of this approach by several Department of Defense and commercial radio manufacturers, as well as by large commercial router manufacturers. He has also led rapid development efforts to implement a Link-16 surrogate waveform on a chip, to design and implement Internet protocol (IP) header compression schemes, and to architect and build a high-capacity aerial IP backbone network. He has published more than 45 refereed conference and journal papers.
Dr. Francesca D. D’Arcangelo, for her work on systems analysis and architecture development in the areas of counter–unmanned aircraft systems, chemical and biological threat detection, air security, border monitoring, and maritime security. During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, she led an analysis cell that advised the U.S. Coast Guard on the selection of oil-sensing air surveillance assets. She continued her support to the Coast Guard in additional missions, including assessment of port security surveillance needs.
Dr. Matthew T. Cornick, for his work in the development and operational support of a novel ground-penetrating radar, his stellar analysis and project leadership skills in fast-paced assessment and rapid prototyping programs, and his contributions to the characterization of low-frequency RF, very high-frequency, and ultrahigh-frequency phenomenology for various applications.
Dr. Hamed Okhravi, for his development of a critical road map and associated analytical tools for cyber resiliency analyses of moving target systems; technical leadership in developing and analyzing secure applications; and substantial contributions to the literature on cyber security.
Dr. Brooke E. Shrader, for her work on a new class of network protocols that mitigate channel impairments commonly encountered by mobile communication networks, for the development of a protocol capable of exploiting the inherent link diversity in heterogeneous tactical networks, and for innovations in the concept of network routing overlays.
Scott Van Broekhoven, for his technical understanding, execution ability, initiative, and innovative thinking in work on advanced energy systems and miniature unmanned aerial vehicles; and for his ability to lead the execution of major design and test efforts with their rigorous controls and processes.
Laura A. Kennedy, for her contributions to a wide range of technical areas, including analysis and algorithm development integral to systems such as the Optical Processing Architecture at Lincoln, and for her thorough understanding of the types of systems MIT Lincoln Laboratory develops.
Dr. Jason R. Thornton, for his development of novel video-analysis methods that transformed MIT Lincoln Laboratory's ground-based video analytics capabilities, and for research that significantly improved the performance of video processing systems.
Michael T. Boulet, for his technical abilities and vision in putting together a coherent strategy for Lincoln Laboratory’s overall autonomous systems effort, and for his technical and design support to important communications programs, including airborne laser communications and on-the-move satellite communications.
Dr. Mykel J. Kochenderfer, for his development of advanced decision theoretic techniques used in systems for solving problems in air traffic control, and for work instrumental to improving air traffic safety, including the development of a new collision avoidance system.
Nadya T. Bliss, for her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms, and for leadership in efforts in anomaly detection in graph-based data.
Dr. Timothy M. Hancock, for development of small-form-factor RF systems and hardware to support high-data-rate communication systems and for leadership in hardware development for a high-data-rate, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO)-based communication system.
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