Jason Dechant is the recipient of the 2022 Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research. The award is named for retired Army Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, IDA’s president from 1983 to 1985. Each year, the award recognizes a research staff member who demonstrates research excellence, exceptional analytic achievement and intellectual leadership in support of SAC or STPI missions.
The Larry D. Welch Award honors individuals whose external publications exemplify retired U.S. Air Force general and former IDA President Larry Welch’s high standards of analytic excellence and relevance. The award recognizes the best external publication related to IDA business areas — or associated disciplines that form the building blocks of our expertise — appearing in peer-reviewed journals or other professional publications, including books and monographs. This year’s winner of the Larry D. Welch Award for Best External Publication is ‘Statistical Cluster Analysis of Global Aerosol Optical Depth for Simplified Atmospheric Modeling,’ by IDA’s Noah Plymale and Joshua Szekely and their coauthor Anna Rubinstein.
Allison Taylor is the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for Excellence. This award recognizes superior performance by a non-exempt staff member who contributes significantly to IDA’s success.
The 2022 W. Y. Smith Award recipients are Ben Nemceff, Ivy Raysor and Susan Sizemore. Named in honor of General William Y. Smith, who led IDA from late 1985 through late 1990, the award recognizes extraordinary individual or group contributions to IDA from the wide range of non-research exempt staff members who contribute mightily to our success.
The David S. C. Chu Award for Research Excellence was established in 2020 to honor a Research Associate who has made one or more outstanding analytic contributions in support of IDA’s mission. Janet Marroquin Pineda of the Strategy, Forces and Resources Division is the winner of the 2022 David S. C. Chu Award for Excellence in Research, named in honor of the former IDA President.
F. Miller Maley received the 2022 Julie B. Kerr Award for Excellence in Research. The award is named in honor of a late Center for Communications Research, La Jolla researcher. The award is meant for an IDA employee who has demonstrated research excellence and exceptional analytic achievement in the IDA research community. This is the first year the award is being presented.