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Aviation Week Network Announces 2018 Program Excellence Awards Winners

NEW YORK – October 24, 2018 – The Aviation Week Network today announced the winners of its annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards, sponsored this year by Siemens PLM Software. The awards honor global aerospace and defense programs and projects, their leaders and their teams for going beyond meeting requirements to exemplify the best in value creation, leadership, adapting to complexity and executing with excellence.  

Winners of the 2018 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards are:

Special Projects

The F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System, developed by a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America, known as RCEVS

Bob Hess, program director at Elbit Systems of America

Bret Tinkey, program director at Rockwell Collins

Supply Chain Research and Development

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite developed by Raytheon Co.

Angela Juranek, Program Manager at Raytheon

Greg Mandt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Supply Chain Production

The Semi-active Laser Seeker for the Joint Direct Attack Munition from Elbit Systems of America

John Flippen, Program Manager, Elbit Systems of America

Supplier Aftermarket

The Global Adaptive Planning-Collaborative Information Environment program from Northrop Grumman

Joshua Sagucio, Program Manager, Northrop Grumman  

2nd Lt. Catharine Wagner, U.S. Air Force  

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Research and Development

F-15 Advanced Display Core Processor (\ program, The Boeing Co. 

Martin Kendrick, Program Director, U.S. Air Force

Jason Brandstetter, Program Manager, The Boeing Co.

Martin Kendrick, Program Director, U.S. Air Force

OEM Production

The Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM®), from Raytheon Co.

Samuel Deneke, Program Director, Raytheon

Al Iannaccone, U.S. Air Force

OEM Aftermarket

The F-16 Iraq program, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Susan Ouzts, VP F-16 Programs, Lockheed Martin  

Christine Bahry, Iraq Security Assistance Program Manager, U.S. Air Force


Developed in 2004, the Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards were created in response to repeated concerns about the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that are the foundation of the industry. During the evaluation process, more than 300 program management representatives from across industry and government score each application, resulting in the widespread sharing of innovative practices and processes.

“Aerospace is in a renaissance with far-ranging new technologies, tools and processes in development. This year we again celebrate the best of these programs, not so much for their technological muscle but for bringing together creativity, technology, and leadership to create all new possibilities in defense, space and air transport,” said Greg Hamilton, president of Aviation Week Network.  

Program Excellence Initiative

Gather, analyze, learn, apply.

Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence initiative as part of the DefenseChain event unites leaders from across aerospace and defense companies, from program/project leaders and engineers to the IT experts, supply chain managers and strategic planning executives who together create performance success.

For more information on Program Excellence please contact Carole.Hedden@aviationweek.com.


Program Excellence Evaluation Team

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