David Ebel and William Ross receive 2010 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence Awards

Technical awards for early career achievement, best paper, and best invention also presented

Dr. David J. Ebel, Associate Leader of the Systems and Analysis Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Dr. William D. Ross, Leader of the Laboratory's Advanced Electro-optical Systems Group, are the recipients of the 2010 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence Awards, presented to them by Dr. Eric D. Evans, Director, at a ceremony held in the Laboratory's auditorium on 21 January 2011. The Technical Excellence Awards were initiated by the Director's Office in 2001 to recognize exceptional, sustained technical excellence resulting in significant impact on a Laboratory mission area.

Dr. Ebel was honored for "his nationally recognized leadership in systems analysis to support the Department of Defense and for his use of detailed modeling, test data analysis, and a broad system perspective to provide superb analysis for air vehicle survivability, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems."

David Ebel receives awardDr. David Ebel (center) is congratulated on his Technical Excellence Award by Alan Bernard (left), Principal Laboratory Researcher, who gave the introductory tribute to Dr. Ebel, and Dr. Eric Evans (right), who presented the award.

Dr. Ross was honored for "critical contributions in the development of advanced imaging systems with applications in wide-area persistent surveillance, remote sensing, and homeland security, and in the development of enabling video sensor, processing, and data exploitation technologies."

William Ross rreceives awardDr. William Ross (center) is congratulated on his Technical Excellence Award by Dr. Eric Evans (left), who presented the award, and Lawrence Candell, Assistant Head of the Aerospace Division, who gave the introductory tribute to Dr. Ross.

At the ceremony, the first Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement Awards were also presented. Nadya T. Bliss, Assistant Leader of the Embedded and High Performance Computing Group, and Dr. Timothy M. Hancock, a technical staff member in the Analog Device Technology Group, are the recipients of this award for significant technical accomplishments by individuals under the age of 35.

Robert A. Bond, Assistant Head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division, presented Ms. Bliss with the award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based data. Dr. Leonard M. Johnson, Assistant Leader of the Analog Device Technology Group, presented Dr. Hancock with the award recognizing his development of small-form-factor RF systems and hardware for high-data-rate communication systems and his leadership in hardware development for multiple-input, multiple-output communication systems.

Nadya Bliss receives her awardNadya Bliss (center) is congratulated on her Early Career Technical Achievement Award by Dr. Eric Evans (left), and Robert Bond (right), who presented the award.
Timothy Hancock receives his awardTimothy Hancock (center) is congratulated on his Early Career Technical Achievement Award by Dr. Leonard Johnson (left), who presented the award, and Dr. Eric D. Evans (right).

 

Best Paper Award recipients

Dr. Thomas Quatieri (left) and Tianyu Wang (center) are congratulated on their Best Paper Award by Dr. Eric D. Evans (right).

Dr. Evans also presented awards for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Best Paper and Best Invention of 2010. Dr. Thomas F. Quatieri, Senior Staff, and Tianyu T. Wang, an MIT research assistant, in the Human Language Technology Group, received the Best Paper Award for "High-Pitch Formant Estimation by Exploiting Temporal Change of Pitch," published in the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing.

 

 

Best Invention Award recipients

Harry Clark (left) and Dr. Robert Reich (center) are congratulated on their Best Invention Award by Dr. Eric D. Evans (right).

The Best Invention Award was presented to Dr. Robert K. Reich, Senior Staff, and Harry R. Clark Jr., a member of the technical staff, in the Advanced Imaging Technology Group, for development of the patent-pending liquid crystal thermal imager, an invention using temperature-sensitive liquid crystal materials integrated on microelectromechanical thermal pedestals to create sensitive long wavelength infrared imaging arrays.

 

 

Posted March 2011

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