Aviation Week's Program Excellence Awards
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. An integral part of the A&D Programs conference, Program Excellence finalists provide first-hand insight into best practices, benchmarking and what it took to make their programs a success.
The 2013 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards bring together program executives, their customer counterparts, and leaders from across the industry in a gala event designed to recognize the best in performance and leadership. Finalists and winners will be identified in six categories that reflect system and sub-system level programs at all phases of the lifecycle.
Finalists for the 2013 awards, selected by a panel of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia, include:
- Chris Flynn, F135 Engine Program, Pratt & Whitney
- Richard Heerdt, P-8 Poseidon Program, Boeing
- Steve Keane and Jean Pollari, Pro Fusion Systems, Rockwell Collins
- Timothy Kesecker, Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration Program
- David Lehman, Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Project, NASA
- Stuart Linsky, AEHF SV1-3 Payload Program, Northrop Grumman
- Brad Mulder, U.S. Air Force Global Hawk Production Program, Northrop Grumman
- Scott Norr, Integrated Space Command and Control, Lockheed Martin
- Trevor Overton, MicroGRAM Design and Development, Rockwell Collins
- Michael Seck and Kevin Pennington, F-15 Radar CLS Program, Boeing
- Fred Swisher, Modernized Day Sensor Assembly, Lockheed Martin
- Joe Williams, Ground Systems and Mission Operations, Honeywell Aerospace
- Rob Zmarzlak, Space Tracking and Surveillance System Demonstration, Northrop Grumman
Awards will be presented to finalists and winners in six categories at an awards gala on November 14 at Aviation Week’s annual Aerospace & Defense Programs Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Click here for more information or to register.
Aviation Week’s 2013 Program Excellence Awards process attracted 79 nominations in January. By February we had narrowed the nominations to 41 — these 41 programs were invited to submit a narrative describing why excellent. We have now selected 28 programs to move forward to Phase 2 when the programs will be evaluated on the basis of value creation for customer and organization alike, adapting and managing complexity, organizational process excellence, and metrics. At this stage we also ask customers to provide their second to the nomination.
The Program Excellence Evaluation Team — comprised of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia — will meet in late August to score the entries and name our 2013 Finalists. Best practices from this evaluation will then be highlighted at the conference.
Note that this year we see numerous examples of space, commercial aerospace and defense programs working to reduce cost, increase speed, improve efficiency and deliver quality to customers. Among the areas we see particular effort is supply chain alignment, creating and executing on opportunity, and innovation.