Dr. Darryl K. Ahner, Professor of Operations Research

Director, STAT T&E COE

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Dr. Darryl K. Ahner, P.E. is the Director, Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence (STAT COE) and was instrumental in shaping its PhD-level test engineering operational concept leading up to its establishment by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2012.  He is also a Professor of Operations Research and Director of the Center for Operational Analysis at the Air Force Institute of Technology. As Director of the STAT COE, he is responsible for executing the Center's mission to provide independent advice and assistance to designated major acquisition programs in the application of scientific test and analysis techniques in the development of test & evaluation strategies and plans. The Center also conducts externally funded applied STAT research, provides STAT education, and develops best practices and case studies in the employment of STAT.

Dr. Ahner is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has written over 50 technical articles, made over 70 technical presentations, and has led several technical working groups. He has been a faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) since 2010, where his research emphasizes optimization of test & evaluation, autonomous systems, big data analytics, reliability, stochastic models, simulation, and military operations research applications. Prior to AFIT, he taught for five years at the United States Military Academy at West Point and served for three years as the research director for the Army Analysis Center at the Naval Postgraduate School.

In addition to being a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), Dr. Ahner has been an active member of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), most recently serving as Vice President for Professional Development and Vice President (Secretary of the Society) on the Executive Committee.

A 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ahner retired from the US Army in 2012. During this time he was awarded the Legion of Merit, an award usually reserved for general officers and a Special Act Award for leading modeling, simulation, and analytic research efforts.  His academic studies include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a M.S. in applied mathematics and a M.S. in operations research and statistics, and Boston University where he earned his doctoral degree in systems engineering while a Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Fellow.

Dr. Ahner’s awards include member of the 2019 Air Education and Training Command Analysis Team of the Year, 2018 Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics Best Paper for “Finding the Fuel of the Arab Spring Fire: A Historical Data Analysis,“ the 2016 Richard H. Barchi Prize for the best paper given at the Military Operations Research Symposium for “Suitability Analysis of Continuous-Use Reliability Growth Projection Models”, the 2017 Affiliate Society Council of Dayton Outstanding Engineers & Scientists Award, the 2014 E. Grosvenor Plowman Award for Best Paper at Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Global Conference for "Exploring the Use of the Upper-Semi Variance as a Robust Estimator For Calculating Safety Stocks," the 2012 Colonel Charles A. Stone Award in recognition of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to furthering the AFIT mission, a 2008 Special Act Award and $5000 Cash Award presented by a 4-star general in recognition of meritorious scientific achievement, and the 2007 Wilbur B. Payne Award in recognition of the best Army analytical technical study.

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Systems Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2005.

Master of Science, Applied Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1999

Master of Science, Operations Research and Statistics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 1999.

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace), United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1990.

Publications

Ahner, D., 2007, “Real-Time Planning and Control of Army UAVs under Uncertainty,” AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, 798-815, Vol. 4,May 2007.

Ahner D. 2009, “A Normalized Weighted Entropy Measure for Sensor Allocation Within Simulations,” In Proceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. M. D. Rossetti, R. R. Hill, B. Johansson, A. Dunkin and R. G. Ingalls. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner D., Castanon D. 2008, “Team Task Allocation and Routing in Risky Environments Under Human Guidance,” Proceedings of 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.

Ahner D., et al., 2008, “Incorporating Information Networks into Military Simulations,” In Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. S. J. Mason, R. R. Hill, L. Mönch, O. Rose, T. Jefferson, J. W. Fowler, 133-144.Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner D., Buss A., 2007, “Scheduling of Army UAVs Accounting for the Uncertainty of Attrition,” Proceedings of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics INFOTECH @ Aerospace.

Ahner D., Buss A., Ruck J., “Using A Low-Resolution Entity Model for Shaping Initial Conditions for High-Resolution Combat Models,” In Proceedings of the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. S. J. Mason, R. R. Hill, L. Mönch, O. Rose, T. Jefferson, J. W. Fowler, 1344-1352. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner D., Phillips D., Kang W., Mansager B., 2007, “A Dynamical System Model of Information Flow in the Battlespace,” IEEE Proceedings on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 685-690.Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner, D., 2007, “Scheduling of Army UAVs Accounting for the Uncertainty of Attrition,” Proceedings of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics INFOTECH @ Aerospace.

Ahner, D., A. Buss, and J. Ruck. 2006. “Assignment Scheduling Capability for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” In Proceedings of the 2006 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. L. R. Perrone, F. P. Wieland, J. Liu, B. G. Lawson, D. M. Nicol, and R. M. Fujimoto, 1349-1356. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner D., Buss A. 2006, “Dynamic Allocation of Fires and Sensors (DAFS): A Low Resolution Simulation for Rapid Modeling,” , In Proceedings of the 2006 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. L. R. Perrone, F. P. Wieland, J. Liu, B. G. Lawson, D. M. Nicol, and R. M. Fujimoto, 1357-1364. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Ahner D., Jackson L., Phillips D. 2005, “DAFS: A Low Resolution Modeling Approach: Architecture and Implementation,” Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications & Practice.

Ahner D., 2005, “Real-Time Planning and Control of Army UAVs under Uncertainty,” Proceedings of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics INFOTECH @ Aerospace.
 

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