FAIRFAX, Va., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alfred Grasso, president and CEO, The MITRE Corporation, has been named the 2015 David Sarnoff Award winner. AFCEA's most prestigious honor, the award recognizes individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions to global peace and security. Sarnoff was one of AFCEA's founders.
Grasso has been an AFCEA member since 1999. He has served the association in several significant ways, including as chairman of the board from 2012 to 2014 and vice chairman from 2010 to 2012. He is a staunch supporter of the AFCEA Educational Foundation and has participated as an instructor of the AFCEA Leadership Forum.
An appointed member of the Defense Science Board, Grasso has led and participated in numerous studies and is currently co-chairing the Task Force on MILSATCOM and Networking. Grasso's professional life also includes being a member of the Stevens Institute Systems Engineering Research Center advisory board, University of Virginia System Engineering advisory board as well as a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
In 2012, Grasso received the Eagle Award from Federal Computer Week, an award chosen from among the Federal 100 Award winners that recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on federal information technology. He was cited for his work leading studies on acquisition management and resilient system architectures.
For the majority of his career, Grasso has worked to advance educational opportunities for young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. He served as president of the board of the National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit group that promotes the participation of under-represented groups in the STEM fields.
AFCEA's David Sarnoff Award recipients have demonstrated a sustained and personal commitment to information sharing and collaboration across traditional and nontraditional boundaries. The award's namesake was a pioneer in radio and quickly rose to prominence in the newly developing American telecommunications industry. During World War II, Sarnoff witnessed first-hand how talk and cooperation between government and industry in times of peace would help ensure effective communications during war. It was one of his reasons for helping establish AFCEA as an ethical forum for government and industry to meet, learn and collaborate.
Grasso joins a long and distinguished list of previous Sarnoff award winners, including Rep. Michael J. Rogers (R-MI); Gen. Keith B. Alexander, USA, former commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency/chief, Center Security Service; James R. Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence; and Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN, former commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe.
Grasso will be honored at a dinner on September 29 at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, Virginia, during the celebration of AFCEA's 70th anniversary.
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SOURCE AFCEA International