By Dolly Rairigh Glass
The National Center for Simulation has announced its inaugural class of inductees for the NCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame, whom will be inducted at a special ceremony on March 26 at the Orange County Convention Center. The Hall of Fame will be a part of the M&S Center of Excellence that will be permanently housed at the OCCC in space that was donated by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in partnership with OCCC leadership.
The Hall of Fame will honor men and women who have made meaningful contributions to improving, changing or enhancing modeling and simulation in any of the disciplines included in its diverse use. Those ten individuals being honored are:
Vince Amico – Training simulation technology pioneer for the Navy
Luis de Florez, RADM, USN – Institutionalized synthetic training within the Navy during WWII
Dr. Richard C. Dehmel – Scientist who developed and implemented the first mathematical flight models for simulations
The Honorable Lou Frey – U.S. Congressman (Ret.) and champion of Orlando Defense simulation cluster
Priscilla Getchell – WWII Link Trainer instructor serving in the WAVE Corps
Paul Francis Gorman, General, USA (Ret) Revolutionized Army training and the effective use of simulators
Dr. John C. Hitt – Academic pioneer and advocate for modeling and simulation
John P. Jumper, General, USAF (Ret) – 17th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force who set distributed mission training policy for the Air Force
Edwin Albert Link – Inventor of the Link Trainer and “father” of simulation technology
Albert Henry Marshall – Key pioneer whose inventions led to the development of the MILES system
“We’re excited to recognize these passionate and dedicated people who have made significant contributions to the growth of Modeling and Simulation,” said NCS President & CEO, Lt. Gen. (Ret) Tom Baptiste.
The NCS Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence will be part of the Destination Lounge, an area that will soon be built-out to showcase Central Florida’s key industries to the 1.4 million visitors to the convention center each year.