2019 Aptima Achievement Awards
Recognizing outstanding staff who go above and beyond
Aptima, Inc., the leader in optimizing training and performance in the age of human-AI teams, announced today its Annual Achievement Awards. The Awards are meant to convey the company’s appreciation to individuals, teams, and groups of employees that perform above and beyond reasonable job expectations, contribute promising innovative ideas, or demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities. Nominations can be submitted by any Aptima employee and winners are selected by employee committees that change from year to year.
Mentor of the Year
Senior Administrator Tasia Rechisky was named 2019 Mentor of the Year. This Award recognizes Aptima employees who pro-actively develop and are genuinely committed to employees’ growth, development, and cultural integration into the organization. “What separates Tasia from other employees is her initiative,” stated the Mentor of the Year Committee announcement conferring the award. “All these teaching moments have occurred because she recognized the need herself. None of it was a result of management direction. This is a sign of a true leader and mentor that actively leads the charge in trying to achieve a higher level of productivity for the staff at large. Tasia’s work with the staff in an inspiration and motivates others around her to always do the best they can.”
“What separates Tasia from other employees is her initiative… This is a sign of a true leader and mentor that actively leads the charge in trying to achieve a higher level of productivity for the staff at large.”
The Best Paper Award recognizes excellence in preparing written products that disseminate Aptima’s work to a broader audience beyond employees and the company’s immediate customers. This year’s Award went to Jeff Beaubien, Sterling Wiggins, and Noah DePriest for their paper entitled, “Real-Time Measurement of Team Cognitive Load During Simulation-Based Training,” presented at the 2019 Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event.
Aptima’s Best Teamwork Award recognizes cooperative groups that achieve Company goals or objectives of material value and quality by 1) pooling their complementary skills and knowledge, 2) holding each other personally responsible for doing their individual fair share of work, and 3) accepting mutual accountability for the ultimate outcome of their efforts. This year’s award went to the JET Development team: Cody Reichard, Gavin Anderson, Jacob Smith, and Carri Rodabaugh.
Recognizing Aptima employees who pro-actively develop and successfully implement a new idea, this year’s Outstanding Initiative Award went to the following teams:
- Nathan Schurr, Laura Cassani, Patrick Cummings, Manuel Moquete, Ryan Mullins, Webb Stacy, Brent Fegley, Adam Fouse, Gabe Ganberg, Tom Gemmer, Deirdre Kelliher, Lisa Lucia, Robert McCormack, Barry Stewart, Danielle Ward, Chad Weiss, Sylvain Bruni, Shana Weissman, and Harper Willis for their efforts towards developing Aptima’s AI strategy across the company’s portfolio of projects and capabilities.
- Tom Gemmer and Charlotte Shabarekh for their efforts to develop and nurture Aptima’s nascent portfolio of space-related projects and capabilities.
Best Technical Achievement
This Award is intended to acknowledge outstanding performance within the structure of ongoing projects in the area of research and development. This year’s winner was Gabriel Ganberg for his work on the YAADA tool suite and the projects that incorporate it.
Innovative Patent Application
The Innovative Patent Application Award recognizes excellence in the area of research and development by an employee or a group of employees by acknowledging outstanding innovative inventions developed at Aptima. This year’s winners were Michael Tolland and Zachary Zuzack for SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO MEASURE PERFORMANCE – LARGE ENTITY.