LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 December, 2010 – Neil G. Siegel, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Industry Advisory Board, and sector vice president and chief engineer at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, has been named recipient of the 2011 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.
Established in 1982, the medal commemorates the engineering contributions of Simon Ramo, former board vice chairman and executive committee chairman of TRW. Siegel was recognized “for the pioneering engineering that led to the successful development of the digital battlefield, a lifesaving and integral part of US Army operations.”
In selecting recipients for the Ramo Medal, the committee considers the significance of achievement in systems engineering and systems science, technical leadership in a major innovative engineering project within IEEE’s scope, originality, breadth, impact on technology, patents and publications, and the quality of the nomination. The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and an honorarium.
Siegel’s efforts are credited with helping Northrop Grumman become the world leader in battlefield digitization – the use of information technology and wireless networking to improve the effectiveness of combined-arms land combat forces. Battlefield digitization allows for improved situational awareness, improved operational tempo, and decreased mission timelines.
The resulting product – Blue Force Tracking – has been deployed on tens of thousands of US Army and US Marine vehicles worldwide, including in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Blue Force Tracking has played a decisive role in these combat and peacekeeping operations, and commanders credit this system with improving the outcome of combat operations and saving lives by reducing the “fog of war.”
In his current role as sector vice president and chief engineer of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector, Siegel is responsible for engineering activities and processes, and strategic engineering support. He shares responsibility for the sector's technology strategy, Independent Research and Development (IRAD) programs, technical talent development, and technology and research partnerships with the sector vice president for advanced technology.
He previously served as vice president of technology and advanced systems of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector, where he was responsible for technology strategy, research programs, technical content of major bids, technical talent development, technology partnerships, and intellectual asset management.
During the seven years he served as sector vice president and general manager of the Mission Systems sector's Tactical Systems, the division experienced 25 percent average annual growth. Siegel has international business experience in both the Middle East and Europe, and has supervised the creation and fielding of successful systems and products in many domains.
Siegel was program manager for the US Army’s “digitization-of-the-battlefield” activity, which in 2001 was recognized as one of the five best-managed US government software programs and was also awarded the 2003 Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s award for the most innovative US government program, the 2003 Federal Computer Week Monticello Award, and the 2005 Battlespace magazine award as "Best Program in Support of Coalition Operations."
His patents and inventions span many domains, including real-time manufacturing, medical systems, communications protocols, and computing systems. Other contributions to the company’s technology base include work in networking, software development methodologies, system-of-systems engineering, and advanced systems integration techniques.
He has been a member of the Defense Science Board, the Army Science Board, and Defense Advanced Research Project Agency review panels. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2005, one of only six active Northrop Grumman employees to be so honored.
Previous Simon Ramo recipients include University of Southern California TRW Professor of Software Engineering Barry Boehm, who demonstrated that software was important as hardware; Albert F. Myers, who made numerous contributions to Northrop Grumman’s B-2 program; Chrysostomos L. (Max) Nikias, who blended cinematic arts and engineering to develop an integrated media approach; and Victor B. Lawrence, whose pioneering work paved the way for many developments in broadband, DSL, HDTV technologies and wireless data transfer. For the full list of recipients, visit http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/bios/ramo_recipients.html.