Penton's Aviation Week Announces Finalists for 10th Annual Program Excellence Awards

Sep 12, 2013, 09:00 ET from Aviation Week

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Aviation Week today announced the finalists for its 10th annual Program Excellence Awards.  The awards initiative, developed by industry program experts and executed by Aviation Week, identifies top-performing aerospace and defense (A&D) programs and shares best practices in program leadership.

"There is no greater challenge for the industry than executing on programs that are highly complex in their technologies, supply chains and the customer/market environment," said Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week President. "Despite these challenges, we continue to see ground-breaking achievements that increase value with improved customer capability and productivity."

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.  For more information or to register, visit  

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