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2012 Aptima Achievement Awards

2012 Aptima Achievement Awards

Aptima Recognizes 2012 Employee Accomplishments

Individuals, teams, and groups receive awards for exceptional performance, innovation, and leadership

Woburn, MA, December 24, 2012 – Aptima, Inc., a leader in human-centered engineering, presented its annual Achievement Awards on Friday, December 7, 2012. The Awards are meant to convey the company’s appreciation to individuals, teams, and groups of employees that perform above and beyond reasonable job expectation, 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.

Best Paper

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 by Ian Yohai, Brian Riordan, Andrew Duchon, and Michael Paley for their paper entitled, “Discovering Entity Characteristics and Relationships through Topic Modeling” presented at the 2nd International Conference in Cross-Cultural Decision Making, San Francisco, California, 21-25 July 2012.

Best Teamwork

Nic Bencaz, Deb Billings, Sylvain Bruni, David Cade, Alan Carlin, Ellen Clarke, Danielle Dumond, Adam Dziki, John Fertitta, Jared Freeman, Michelle Harper, Zack Horn, David Lind, Ryan Marceau, Diane Miller, Andres Ortiz, Stephanie Pratt, Matt Puglisi, Matt Roberts, and Mark Weston received the Best Teamwork Award, in recognition of their work on Aptima’s AutoCTA project. The 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.

Outstanding Initiative

Recognizing Aptima employees who pro-actively develop and successfully implement a new idea, this year’s Outstanding Initiative Award went to by Dustin Burke, Danielle Dumond, Alexandra Geyer, and Jeff Rousseau for their middle school outreach effort under Aptima’s Cognitive Patterns project.

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 winners were Aptima’s Robotics Rodeo team: Jeanine Ayers, Dustin Burke, Alan Carlin, Danielle Dumond, John Fertitta, Debra McNeely, Jeff Rousseau, Nathan Schurr, Ron Storm, and Ofer Tamir. For more information see the related story Aptima Advances Human-Robot Team Interaction for the Urban Battlefield.

Mentor of the Year

Ron Storm, Director of Aptima’s Dayton Operations, was named Mentor of the Year. This award recognizes an Aptima employee who pro-actively develops and is genuinely committed to an employee’s growth, development, and cultural integration into the organization.

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 are Webb Stacy and John “JCR” Colonna-Romano for their patent application entitled, “Systems and Methods to Define and Monitor a Scenario of Conditions”. This innovative invention involves expressing scenario training requirements as a set of formal constraints that can be optimized for improved training opportunities.