Aptima Annual Achievement Awards 2020
Aptima Annual Achievement Awards 2020 Recognize Best in Leadership, Innovation, and Individual and Team Performance
Aptima, Inc., the leader in optimizing training and performance in the age of human-AI teams, announced today its 2020 Annual Achievement Awards. These 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.
Citizen of the Year
Performance Augmentation Systems Division
New for 2020, the Citizen of the Year Award recognizes that employee who goes the extra mile in making Aptima a great place to work.
Nominees do not need to be in any official position of leadership, but take it upon themselves to make the workplace more enjoyable and humane.
“[Sylvain] goes out of his way to make Aptima a place with great policies and guidance across roles, tasks, and systems.”
Mentors of the Year
The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes Aptima employees who pro-actively develop and are genuinely committed to employees’ growth, development, and cultural integration into the organization.
“Ryan makes it a priority to be a leader and mentor to not only those he is formally charged with mentoring, but to all new hires and junior staff in our division. He always takes the time to explain concepts, answer questions, and provide feedback with careful thought and a judgement-free attitude, making sure that whoever he is working with fully understands what is being discussed and feels safe and comfortable coming to him. He does not hesitate to give out praise for a job well done and to give coaching where it is needed. When he provides corrective feedback on work, he is careful to do so in a positive and constructive way that does not feel like negative criticism, but instead like genuine help and guidance from someone who has had the benefit of more years of experience.”
“Janet’s energy and enthusiasm for Aptima’s activities transcend the Florida office and have a tangible positive effect across Aptima. She mentors all of those in contact with her and is a positive role model by demonstrating exceptional organizational skills by attending every event possible despite her demanding schedule. She consistently demonstrates her value for ongoing learning and growth through her active participation in the brown bag events and the various capability reviews by always asking engaging questions which promote rich and fruitful discussions.”
The Best Paper Award recognizes excellence in preparing written products that disseminate Aptima’s work to a broader audience beyond the company’s employees and immediate customers. This year’s Award went to two papers:
- Performance Measurement Applications and Associated Data Requirements for LVC Training
Jeffrey Beaubien, Michael Tolland, and Jared Freeman
- Presented at vIITSEC 2020, highlights the various uses of aggregate learner data. At Aptima, we often say that measurement is important. But we don’t often describe why it is important. This paper makes a novel contribution to the literature by identifying the critical data elements that are required to run certain types of analyses. It also maps those data elements back to data standards such as DIS, HLA, HPML, and xAPI so that the audience can implement these ideas in their own organizations.
- Contextualizing inclusion: Developing a framework and measure for a military context
Tara A. (Rench) Brown, Krista L. Ratwani, Melinda J. Key-Roberts, Mathias J. Simmons, Tatianan J. Toumbeva, and Lisa H. Nishii
- This paper was accepted by Military Psychology this year. The three Aptima authors partnered with our ARI Fort Leavenworth customers (Mathias, Melinda) and academic partner (Dr. Nishii), to write up the work we conducted under the Climate for Inclusion contract with ARI over the last several years. This contract, which is still on-going, focuses on developing a military-specific conceptualization, measure, and training tool for a climate of inclusion to be used within the context of small units (in this case, platoons). The paper sets a critical foundation for this work, showcasing the extensive, multi-method approach by which the team established the conceptual framework and measure for a climate for inclusion. Following this paper, Aptima has continued to work with ARI to develop a full training tool for platoon leadership based on this framework and measure, which is being fully evaluated during the current phase of the project. By publishing this paper early in this process, we have established ourselves as experts in this field and have set ourselves up for future publications (currently underway). Our ARI customers were more than delighted to have a peer-reviewed publication come out of this work, further establishing our excellent relationship with them.
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 two teams:
- Aptima’s PeopleOps Department (formerly known as Human Resources)
Stephanie Amancio-Scott, Rosa Moreno, and Mercy Jubin
- 5D-IVIS: 5D Intelligent Visualization Project Team
Ryan Mullins, Chad Weiss, Spencer Lynch, and Mary Freiman
Recognizing Aptima employees who pro-actively develop and successfully implement a new idea, this year’s Outstanding Initiative Award went to two teams.
- Comprehensive Social Media Strategy
Debra McNeely and Connor Simmons
- AptiCares Employee Support Group
Charlotte Shabarekh, Bob McCormack, and Kara Orvis
Best Technical Achievement
This Award is intended to acknowledge outstanding performance within the structure of ongoing projects in the area of research and development.
- CHEWBACCA: Collaborative Heuristic-based Engineering Workbench with a Behavior-Aware Classifier for Cognitive Assistance
Mary Freiman, Spencer Lynch, Jianna Logue, Noah DePriest, Harper Willis, Chad Weiss, Patrick Cummings, Danny Ward, Kristy Kay, Kara Orvis, Sylvain Bruni
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.
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CONVERSATIONAL AGENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE also known as Aptima’s first AI employee, Charlie