STAT in T&E Center of Excellence

STAT in T&E Center of Excellence
Director's Bio

Dr. Darryl K. Ahner, Director OSD STAT T&E COE
Dr. Darryl K. Ahner is and has been the Director, Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques in Test & Evaluation Center of Excellence (OSD STAT T&E COE) since its founding in 2012 and is also an Associate Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is responsible for execution of 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 develops and shares best practices and case studies in the employment of STAT.

A 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ahner retired from the US Army in 2012. His military career highlights include deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch, assignment to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center (TRAC), where he led the model development and analysis effort for the U.S. Army Unmanned Aerial System Mix Analysis Study for which the analysis team won the U.S. Army's 2007 Wilbur B. Payne Award for Excellence in Analysis and also supported the Joint Improvised Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) for which he was awarded a Special Act Award and cash award presented by the TRADOC Commander in recognition of meritorious scientific achievement. He also served as Associate Professor and Director, Mathematical Sciences Center of Excellence in the Department of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy. His military awards include the Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), and several service medals and ribbons.

His academic studies include studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received a M.S. in applied mathematics and a M.S. in operations research and statistics, and studies at Boston University where he earned his doctoral degree in systems engineering as a Draper Fellow.

Dr. Ahner is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has written over 40 technical articles, made over 50 technical presentations, and has led several technical working groups. He has been a faculty member at AFIT since 2010, where his research emphasizes optimization of test & evaluation, reliability, stochastic models, stochastic dynamic programming, and military operations research applications. 

In addition to being a member of other professional societies, Dr. Ahner has been an active member of the Military Operations Research Society, most recently serving as Vice President for Professional Development and Vice President (Secretary of the Society) on the Executive Committee.


  • 1990 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (aerospace), U.S. Military Academy
  • 1991 Teleprocessing Operations Officer's Course Graduate Certificate, AFIT
  • 1999 Master of Science degree in operations research & statistics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1999 Master Science degree in applied mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2005 Doctor of Philosophy degree in systems engineering, Boston University, Draper Fellow
  • Legions of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medals with two oak leaf clusters
  • Army Commendation Medals with oak leaf cluster
  • U.S. Army's 2007 Wilbur B. Payne Award for Excellence in Analysis
  • Draper Laboratory Fellow


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