Aviation Week's Program Excellence was created in response to repeated concerns about the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that make up the industry's work.
Winners of the 2015 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards, selected by a panel of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia, are:
Special Projects Winner
Honeywell National Security Campus Relocation
Director Global Security
Sub-System Level R&D/SDD Winner
Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System
Paul Allan Nus
Principal Systems Engineer
F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
Sub-System Production Winner
CPI Aero Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
Sub-System Sustainment Winner
Northrop Grumman Protected Satellite Communications Payload
Protected Satellite Communications Payload
System Level R&D/SDD Winner
Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Autonomous Aerial Refueling
Pablo Gonzalez II
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
System Level Production Winner
702SP Satellite Product
Boeing Network & Space Systems
System Level Sustainment Winner
Lockheed Martin Persistent Threat Detection System
Sr. Program Manager
Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS) Operations & Sustainment
Awards were presented to finalists and winners November 4, at a reception and dinner during the annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference, jointly produced by the Aviation Week Network and SpeedNews. For more information, visit speednews.com/aerospace-defense-chain/information.
Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards sponsors include Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Elbit Systems of America, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., and Rockwell Collins.
From an original field of 72 programs, Aviation Week has narrowed the 2015 Program Excellence Nominations to 31 different programs. The programs include commercial, space and defense efforts that are divided into sub-system and system level efforts.
Aviation Week will alert program leaders on April 21 of those that qualify to move on to Phase II. During Phase I, the programs' leaders provide a narrative on the elements of their program that go beyond "good" to qualify as "excellent" through unique processes and business practices.
In Phase II, program leaders provide a deep look at those processes and practices, as well as how well they have executed against them over the past 36 months. Their customers must agree with that assessment before the Program Excellence Evaluation Team begins scoring.