2016 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research

Dr. Bram Lillard of the Operational Evaluation Division is the 2016 winner of the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research. Named in honor of former IDA president and trustee General Andrew Goodpaster, the award is presented annually to an individual demonstrating exceptional analytic achievement within the IDA research community.

The award recognizes Dr. Lillard’s innovative and rigorous technical analyses over his 12 years at IDA. In support of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), Dr. Lillard brought great technical and quantitative skill to the operational evaluation of U.S. submarine systems, maritime patrol aircraft, and littoral combat ships. In addition to multiple insightful analyses of the capabilities of U.S. sonar systems, he pioneered the application of experimental design techniques to laboratory-based testing of these systems. He also developed innovative approaches to submarine mine avoidance and mine susceptibility testing.

In support of DOT&E’s efforts to bring experimental design concepts to operational testing broadly, Dr. Lillard served as part of a team conducting a retrospective assessment of how those methods could be used to improve test design. The team’s work proved to be pivotal in the approach adopted by DOT&E, and Dr. Lillard
continues to be a leader in the promulgation of these techniques throughout the test community.

For the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, Dr. Lillard constructed a test design concept based on advanced statistical techniques that enabled a more detailed and information-rich evaluation of system performance while reducing the previously planned test effort. His analyses of multiple test periods were key to improving the P-8 test program, providing significant insights from test data that would not otherwise have been available.

Dr. Lillard led a fast-paced effort in support of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation to prepare a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. Navy’s proposed SSC(X) frigate program for the Secretary of Defense to help guide his decisions on the follow-on program to the Littoral Combat Ship. Dr. Lillard’s continued efforts on the LCS program have resulted in multiple high-visibility reports, test designs, and analyses. Most recently, Dr. Lillard  constructed a needed update to the test plans for the LCS, which enabled the Navy to meet Congressional requirements.

Dr. Lillard has been recognized repeatedly for his outstanding contributions to the operational test and evaluation of naval systems. He was selected as OSD Tester of the Year in 2009. From 2013-14, he served as the technical advisor to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation office, helping to promote the Director’s many initiatives to enhance the rigor of the operational testing community and its practices. He is widely respected in the Navy’s operational testing organization and is frequently sought out for advice and technical assistance in the design of comprehensive and efficient operational tests.

Dr. Lillard has a strong record of publishing his research work during his tenure at IDA, having authored more than 29 Papers and Documents and numerous memoranda and white papers.

Dr. Lillard received his baccalaureate degree in physics and mathematics from the State University of New York and his PhD in physics from the University of Maryland.

Bram Lillard

Dr. Bram Lillard, Operational Evaluation Division, received the IDA Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research for 2016.

Previous Award Winners

2015 Lisa Veitch, System Evaluation Division
Stanley Horowitz, Cost Analysis and Research Division
Carl C. Gaither, III, Operational Evaluation Division
Stephen M. Ouellette, System Evaluation Division
2011 James M. Ralston, Science and Technology Division
2010 David E. Hunter, Cost Analysis and Research Division
2009 Joseph T. Buontempo, System Evaluation Division
2008 Michael Fischerkeller, Joint Advanced Warfighting Division
2007 Robert C. Holcomb, Operational Evaluation Division
2006 Kevin Woods, Joint Advanced Warfighting Division
2005 David A. Sparrow, Science and Technology Division
2004 Steve Warner, Operational Evaluation Division
2003 Philip Walsh, System Evaluation Division
2002 James Wilson, Cost Analysis and Research Division
2001 Rex Rivolo, Operational Evaluation Division
2000 Thomas Frazier, Cost Analysis and Research Division
1999 David Graham, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
1998 Victor Utgoff, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
1997 William Greer, System Evaluation Division
1996 Terry Mayfield, Information Technology and Systems Division
1995 Richard Nelson, Cost Analysis and Research Division
1994 Ben Turner, Operational Evaluation Division
1993 Marta Kowalczyk, Science and Technology Division
1992 William Hurley, System Evaluation Division
1991 Jeff Grotte, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
1990 George Koleszar, System Evaluation Division
1989 L. Biberman, Science and Technology Division
1988 Jesse Orlansky, Science and Technology Division
1987 L. Dean Simmons, System Evaluation Division
1986 Ernest Seglie, System Evaluation Division
L. Dean Simmons, System Evaluation Division
1985 Bruce Anderson, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, (IDA Award for Excellence in Research renamed Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research)
1984 Phillip Gould, System Evaluation Division(IDA Award for Excellence in Research)
Hans Wolfhard, Science and Technology Division (First recipient of the IDA Award for Excellence in Research)