STAT Center of Excellence

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Director's Bio

Dr. Darryl K. Ahner, Director OSD STAT T&E COE

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 operational concept leading up to its establishment by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2012.  He is also an Associate Professor of Operations Research at the Air Force Institute of Technology. As Director, 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 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 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 since 2010, where his research emphasizes optimization of test & evaluation, reliability, stochastic models, simulation, and military operations research applications.


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 and a Special Act Award for leading modeling, simulation, and analytic 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 as a Draper Fellow.


Dr. Ahner’s awards include 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 the TRADOC Commander in recognition of meritorious scientific achievement, and the 2007 Wilbur B. Payne Award for Excellence in Analysis. His military awards include the Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), and Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC).

  • 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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