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Faculty & alumni selected as command-level award nominees
Posted Friday, December 14, 2018

 

Four faculty and alumni from the Air Force Institute of Technology will represent the Air Education and Training Command at the 2018 Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Awards.  These awards recognize scientists and engineers who make noteworthy contributions to technology and engineering, solving technical problems in development, sustainment, testing, training or advancement of Air Force systems.  The leadership and outstanding support of the AF mission have earned these four this prestigious recognition and validate the great work of AFIT faculty and students.
 

Air Force Outstanding Scientist/Engineer, Senior Civilian - Dr. Marc Polanka


Dr. Marc Polanka is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering the Graduate School of Engineering Management’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He was nominated for the AF Outstanding Scientist/Engineer in the Senior Civilian category in recognition of his significant accomplishments advancing state-of-the-art rotating-detonation gas turbine engine capabilities through improved combustion processes and technology.
 

Air Force Outstanding Scientist/Engineer, Junior Civilian - Dr. Scott Nykl


Dr. Scott Nykl is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science the Graduate School of Engineering Management’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He was nominated for the AF Outstanding Scientist/Engineer in the Junior Civilian category in recognition of his significant accomplishments investigating autonomous vision navigation, remote sensor bandwidth reduction, and virtual reality simulation.
 

Air Force Outstanding Scientist/Engineer, Mid-Career Level, Military - Maj Andrew Lingenfelter 

 
Maj Andrew Lingenfelter earned a PhD from AFIT in aeronautical engineering in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering within the Graduate School of Engineering Management’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He was nominated for the AF Outstanding Scientist/Engineer in the Military Mid-Career category in recognition of his significant accomplishments advancing the state-of-the-art in combat aircraft survivability capabilities.
 

AFIT Systems Engineering Award - Capt Daniel Timme 

 
Capt Daniel Timme earned master’s degrees in Space Systems and Systems Engineering from AFIT in 2018.  He is currently serving as the Chief of the Analysis and Assessments Branch for the Air Force Space Command.  He was nominated for the AFIT Systems Engineering award in recognition of his significant accomplishments developing a statistical method for predicting the reliability performance of complex systems.