Aptima’s First Fellow
Webb Stacy Ph.D. Named As First “Aptima Fellow”
Woburn, MA, May 10, 2010 – Aptima, Inc., the leading human-centered R&D company that applies expertise in the disciplines of how humans think, learn, and behave to solve challenges faced by the U.S. Department of Defense, announced today that it has named Dr. Webb Stacy, its vice president of technology, as the company’s first ’Aptima Fellow.’
The Aptima Fellow is a designation awarded to employees who have a history of demonstrating technical leadership in initiating and developing multiple strategic technical programs and who have to the potential to make continued contributions of similar or larger scope. The designation is intended to foster the creation of strategic innovative, tangible, and useful technologies, technology programs, or products. Candidates are nominated by the company’s Chief Scientist and their appointment is confirmed by the Board of Directors. There may be multiple Aptima Fellows at any one time, but by design the designation is rare.
Dr. Stacy joined Aptima in 2003. He is interested in both the theory and the practice of using Cognitive Science to improve the software development process. He has over 20 years of experience in the software industry, with over 15 years in a management role. As vice president of technology at Aptima, he is responsible for managing and developing and maintaining the company’s technology portfolio. He has made contributions in human performance measurement technology and intelligent autonomous systems, and his current focus is in the theory and practice of scenario engineering, both to make immersive training more effective and to provide controlled experimentation that is higher in ecological validity.
Prior to joining Aptima, Dr. Stacy was vice president for product development at Clinsoft Corporation, the world’s largest provider of clinical software to the pharmaceutical industry. He transformed Clinsoft’s product development organization in order to boost sales with rapid tactical releases of existing products and with a new enterprise-class, distributed, web-based product using modern application server and database technologies. Prior to Clinsoft, Dr. Stacy was director of high performance computing software at Compaq Computer Corporation, where he was the business lead on a team that released Visual FORTRAN. Dr. Stacy came to Compaq from CenterLine Software, Inc. where he spearheaded the development of CenterLine’s existing and new programming products for software developers. Earlier in his career, Dr. Stacy co-founded Softron, Inc., a company whose vision was to revolutionize software development by enabling programmers to create software with diagrams instead of computer languages. He was awarded a United States Patent on the technology.
Dr. Stacy received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from SUNY/Buffalo and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.