July 25, 2014

On July 25, 2014 it was announced that two UAH Modeling & Simulation Ph.D. students, Mitchell J. Bott and Daniel A. O’Neil, had each been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship to support their Ph.D. studies. The RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate I/ITSEC Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1989 by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) to graduate students in disciplines related to Modeling & Simulation. NTSA organizes the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which is by far the largest conference of the year in M&S; last year's conference had 14,000 people in attendance. The I/ITSEC scholarship is highly prestigious and sought after in the Defense M&S community. The awardees are selected from among the applicants each year by a panel of Modeling & Simulation experts and leaders assembled by NTSA and receive their awards in a ceremony at the conference.
Normally the annual awards go to one M.S. and one Ph.D. student, although there have been two awards at the same level in the same year previously. However, only once before in the scholarship’s 26 year history have both awards in a single year gone to students at the same university.
Previous years' awards have gone to students from Old Dominion University, the University of Central Florida, Texas A&M University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and Iowa State University.

Both of the UAH awardees are nearing the end of their graduate coursework and preparing to begin their dissertation research. Mitchell Bott is employed by Northrup Grumman and Daniel O’Neil by NASA. Both are advised by Dr. Mikel D. Petty, program coordinator for UAH’s Modeling & Simulation degree program.

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