AFCEA Announces Special Awards for Dr. Timothy Rudolph (AF Life Cycle Management Center) and Dr. Gerard M. Exley (Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport)

NEWPORT, RI – AFCEA is presenting special awards to Dr. Timothy Rudolph from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA and to Dr. Gerard M. Exley from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, RI in recognition for their “innovation, initiative, and technical leadership and significant contributions to advance the US Navy’s and the US Air Force’s Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence (C4I) systems capabilities”. This special award recognize those individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions and commitments to advancing the “state of the art” in communications, electronics, and information technologies for C4I applications and increased capabilities.

The Southern New England Chapter will present these special awards during a special luncheon with Dr. Timothy Rudolph as the key speaker on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 (11:30 to 1pm) at K J Pub, 59-61 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI.

Dr. Timothy Rudolph, a Senior Level executive, is the Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering Level III Technical Adviser, Air Force Integrated Information Capabilities, AF Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. He serves in a variety of capacities, including AFLCMC Chief Architect/Chief Technology Officer (CTO), PEO C3I & Networks Chief Architect and CTO, and as the Secretary of the Air Force-appointed Department of Defense Next Generation Air Transportation System Chief Architect. Dr. Rudolph works with senior technical representatives from the program executive offices across Air Force enterprise capabilities and with representatives from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Chief Management Officer and the Air Force’s Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Chief Information Officer. As part of the AFLCMC Engineering Directorate, he leads a number of department, multi-service, and multi-agency initiatives.

Dr. Rudolph has been appointed the Air Force Command and Control Platform Information Technology Designated Accreditation Authority. This responsibility supports proven agility and speed in moving capabilities to the warfighter. Dr. Rudolph has also been delegated Research, Development, Test and Evaluation DAA authority for PEO programs, projects and facilities, in particular, supporting early systems engineering, developmental planning and exercises/demonstrations of capability development and delivery.

Dr. Rudolph gained system development experience in multiple IT companies. In March 1994, he co-founded Paradigm Technologies, Inc., an industry partner focused on the application of technologies in creative ways for multiple agencies and commercial enterprises, which he managed with partners until divesting in 2007. He is a recognized pioneer in network-based services, open systems and open technology development, such as development on high-level architecture (HLA) and Posix standards, as well as modeling, simulation and analysis technologies, with extensive experience leading government and industry partners to advance technologies for enterprise solutions. Dr. Rudolph has applied experience in multiple technical disciplines through all phases of the acquisition lifecycle, including requirements analysis, architecture, high-level design, development, integration, test, fielding and support. He has held a number of positions supporting a range of Air Force, multi-service, joint, and cross-department federal activities. He is a certified system engineering Professional by the International Council on Systems Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering/international strategic studies, at the University of Massachusetts in 1985; a Master of Science degree in technology and innovation from Boston University in 1994; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in management science from Columbus University in 2002.

Dr. Gerard M. Exley is a nationally recognized authority on submarine communications, Dr. Gerard M. Exley has had a number of technological breakthroughs throughout a career that spans more than 30 years and has played a pivotal role in guiding the U.S. Submarine Force into the 21st century. Dr. Exley is the Head of the Under Sea Warfare Electromagnetic Systems Department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport and is the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Technical Authority on Submarine Communications.

Gerard (Jerry) M. Exley joined the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC), New London CT, in the summer of 1982 shortly after receiving the bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford.  Assigned to the Submarine System Engineering Branch, from 1982-1986, he worked on a number of Submarine Antenna and Radio Room projects, including the AN-BRA 34 mast antenna, the Link 11 Improvement Program, and the Navy EHF Satellite Program.  During this time, he began his graduate education, part time, at the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Master of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1986.  Later that year, he was selected for the Long Term Training Program and began two years of full-time study which culminated in a doctorate in electrical engineering. His doctoral research was in the area of communications networking.  Upon completion of the Ph.D. he continued this research at NUWC under ONR sponsorship.  This work was focused on the unique aspects of “disadvantaged nodes,” such as submarines participating in advanced communications networks.  In 1988, he began his long-term relationship with Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (at Hartford) as a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching courses in networking and computer science.

In 1993, Dr. Exley established the Submarine Exterior Communications Program at NUWC and became the Program Manager.  In 1996, he assumed additional responsibilities as Head of the Submarine Communications Division.  During his tenure, submarine communications underwent a remarkable transformation.  High data rate and IP-networked were introduced to the submarine fleet completely replacing the old stove-pipe closed communications architecture.  In 2001, Dr. Exley was promoted to Senior Science and Technology Manager (SSTM) executive level.  In 2001, he was also honored as a NUWC Distinguished Chair in the area of Submarine Communications.  Since September 2003, Dr. Exley has been Head of the USW Electromagnetic Systems Department and the NAVSEA Technical Authority on Submarine Communications.

His awards include the NDIA Bushnell Award, NDIA Silver Medal, ONR Bisson Award, two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, NDIA Bronze Medal, CNO N6/AFCEA Copernicus Award, Society of Women Engineers Rodney Chipp Award, the NUWC Division Newport Award for Excellence in Management, and the Division Newport Award for Excellence in Equal Opportunity.  Dr. Exley has published more than two dozen papers and articles in refereed technical journals, trade journals, and conference proceedings. In 2011, he was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

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