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Winners of the Annual 2019 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards Announced by Informas Aviation Week Network

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Aviation Week Network today announced the winners of its annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards, sponsored this year by Siemens Digital Industries Software. The awards honor global aerospace and defense programs and projects, leaders and their teams for excellence in executing their work to create value, adapt to complexity, and leadership.

Developed in 2004, the Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards share lessons learned and improve program performance across the aerospace and defense industry. To date, more than 400 programs have been evaluated by teams of program management leaders and those selected for program management development from industry.

“This is a unique effort in which companies that normally compete with one another recognize the common risk associated with highly complex and advanced technology-based programs – and they work together to improve the skills and competencies required to execute those programs for the benefit of the overall aerospace and defense enterprise,” said Greg Hamilton, President of Aviation Week Network.  

Winners of the 2019 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards are:

Program Management Game Changer Award
Boeing T-X/T-7A Advanced Pilot Training System
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
William T. Torgerson, Program Integration Lead

Special Projects
Parker Solar Probe Upper Stage
Northrop Grumman
Phil Joyce, VP, Program Management

Supplier R&D/System Design and Development
Next Generation Jammer Mid Band Pod
CPI Aerospace
Derick Martin, Sr. Program Manager

Supplier Production
F-35 Center Fuselage Production Ramp Up
Northrop Grumman
Raina Smithley, IPT Leader

Supplier Sustainment
F-16 HUD Value Engineering Upgrade
Elbit Systems of America
Jimmy Johns, Business Unit Manager

OEM R&D/System Design and Development
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport)
Lockheed Martin
Stuart Spath, Director, Deep-Space Exploration

OEM Production TIE
Night Vision Cueing Device
Collins Elbit Vision Systems
Martin Cielinski, Program Director, Elbit Systems of America
Matt O’Brien, Program Director, Collins Aerospace
Rolling Airframe Missile
Raytheon Co.
Justin Jenia, Program Director

OEM Sustainment
Air Operations Center Weapon System Sustainment and Modification
Raytheon Co.
Todd Probert, Vice President, C2Space and Intelligence

Awards were presented to finalists and winners at a reception and dinner during the annual Aviation Week DefenseChain Conference. For more information, visit

The DefenseChain Conference and Program Excellence initiative are made possible by our valued sponsors: Siemens Digital Industries Software, L3Harris Technologies, Global Finishing Solutions, Meggitt, and our Program Excellence Evaluation Team members – Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Defense Acquisition University, Elbit Systems of America, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Moog Inc., Northrop Grumman, Parsons and Raytheon.

Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network to help them understand the market, make decisions, predict trends, and connect with people and business opportunities. Customers include the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, airports, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this worldwide marketplace. Aviation Week Network’s portfolio delivers award-winning journalism, data, intelligence and analytical resources, world-class tradeshows and conferences, and results-driven marketing services and advertising. principle is helping our customers succeed.

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