APT was awarded the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award from the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. The award criteria included: company’s employment growth, innovativeness of services, awards/recognitions, community involvement, long-term business goals, and financial strength.
APT ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America!
Inc. Magazine has released its 2014 List of America’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies. Due to APT employees' creativity, dedication and hard work, APT has achieved this distinction in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2007, and therefore has achieved the additional distinction of being added to the Inc. 5000 Honor Roll.
We are pleased to announce that APT has been selected by the Huntsville Beautification Board to receive a Beautification Award for the year of 2014-2015! This marks the sixth consecutive year to receive this honor.
2005 The System Safety Society Scientific Research and Development Award
Presented to A-P-T Research, Inc. in recognition of Outstanding Development of System Safety Engineering Methods during the Risk Summing Workshop.
2004 Commander's Award for Public Service
Presented by the Department of the Army to A-P-T Research, Inc. The Grissom High School JROTC wishes to acknowledge the generous support APT has provided to the program. Our mission is to motivate young Americans to be better citizens. The assistance APT has provided has enabled our training to be carried out successfully.
2003 System Safety Award for Achievement in Scientific Research and Development
A-P-T Research, Inc. won the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce's 2001 Small Business of the Year Award in the Technology Category. Criteria for winning a category were growth, company turnover, management strategy, financial strength, longevity and tenacity.
2011 System Safety Society Tennessee Valley Chapter Awards
Congratulations to Clark Kilgore, who has been named "2011 Manager of the Year," and to Susan Cantrell, who has been named "2011 Engineer of the Year" by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society. The awards were presented July 2011.
Space and Missile Defense Technical Achievement Award (2009)
Congratulations to Tom Webber! He has been selected by ASMDA to receive a 2009 Space and Missile Defense Technical Achievement Award – Contractor. Each year, ASMDA recognizes exceptional achievements accomplished by Government and contractor personnel working directly on space and missile defense activities in support of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Joint Program Office (GMD JPO), Defense Intelligence Agency/Missiles and Space Intelligence Center (DIA/MISC), Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, and the PEO Missiles and Space (PEO-MS). Recipients of these awards have demonstrated exemplary dedication, professionalism, and significantly contributed to the development, test, and deployment of space and missile defense systems.
2010 Addy Awards
Congratulations to Brad Monk for winning a Silver Addy in the Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation Addy Awards for the design of the APT MiDAESS QSMA Team logo. The award was announced January 22, 2010 and presented at the Addy Awards Dinner held on February 27, 2010.
Congratulations to Meredith Hardwick! She has received recognition from NATO HQ for her outstanding support to NATO AC/258/Risk Analysis Working Group and AC/326/Sub-Group 6.
International System Safety Society Professional Development (2009)
Saralyn Dwyer was awarded the Professional Development Award at the International System Safety Society Conference in Huntsville, AL on 7 August 2009 for her contributions to expanding the System Safety discipline and her work with the Society. The Professional Development award is the highest award given annually by the Society.
International System Safety Society
Professional Development and Presidents Awards (2008)
Mr. Tom Pfitzer, Founder of A-P-T Research Inc., was awarded the Professional Development Award and the President's Award at the International System Safety Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on 28 August 2008. The Professional Development award is the highest award given annually by the Society, and the Presidents Award is given for unusual contributions to the purposes of the Society as selected by the Society president. The awards read: “Mr. Pfitzer is a true innovator who leads by example. He continually seeks ways to bring discipline to the discipline of System Safety -- discipline as to both the engineering aspects and the underlying ethical principles of practice. He pushes the envelope and promotes development of leading edge system safety approaches to practical problem solving. He contributes to the good of the System Safety profession by unselfishly volunteering use of company facilities and resources. He fosters and nurtures perpetual growth and professional advancement among his employees, whom he genuinely considers to be colleagues in practice. They, in turn, reward him with an extraordinarily low turnover rate. In addition, he seeks to promote change and initiatives that enhance the technical aspects of the system safety discipline -- for example, tailoring of the risk assessment matrix, developing and promoting risk-based explosives safety applications, identifying System Safety management “Goodness” measures, visualizing risk, and innovative techniques for risk summation.”
Congratulations to Heather French for winning a Bronze Addy in the Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation Addy Awards. The award was for an APT advertisement design that was published in a publication of USASMDC. The award was presented at the Addy Awards on February 23rd, 2008.
Safety Engineer of the Year & Educator of the Year (2007)
Congratulations to Susan Cantrell, who has been named "2007 Engineer of the Year" and Bob Baker who has been named "2007 Educator of the Year" by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society. The award was presented in June 2007.
System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award (2007)
Congratulations to Bob Baker, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award for the Year 2007. This award is presented annually to an individual member of the Society who has made significant contributions through the implementation of an effective system safety management program for a major system effort.
Who's Who in IAASS (2006)
Tom Pfitzer was recognized in the June 2006 issue of the IAASS Newsletter as Chairman of the newly established IAASS Launch Range Safety Committee.
Safety Engineer of the Year (2006)
Congratulations to Chris Olson, who has been named "2006 Engineer of the Year" by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society. Chris received this award for his excellent system safety skills specifically in support of unmanned ground vehicles. The award was presented in June 2006.
System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award (2006)
Congratulations to Rhonda Barnes, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award for the Year 2006. This award is presented annually to an individual member of the Society who has made significant contributions through the implementation of an effective system safety management program for a major system effort.
System Safety Society's Educator of the Year Award (2006)
Congratulations to Sid Smith, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society's Educator of the Year Award for the Year 2006. This award is presented annually to an individual or group for outstanding achievement in, or contribution to System Safety education and the advancement of the state of knowledge in System Safety. Sid's contributions over the last several years in presenting formal classes and seminars pertaining to the management and engineering of safety programs has contributed to the growth and advancement of this essential discipline.
Congratulations to Howard Kuettner, who has been named "System Safety Professional of the Year" by the Tennessee Valley Chapter, System Safety Society. The award was presented at the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) luncheon on February 20.
System Safety Society Engineer of the Year (2002)
On August 8th at the International System Safety Society Awards banquet, Melissa Emery received the System Safety Society Engineer of the Year award for outstanding system safety performance.
Systems Safety Societies' Professional of the Year (2001)
Mr. Phil Owen, A-P-T Research Vice President and Chief System Safety Engineer was honored as being named the Systems Safety Society's Professional of the Year. The award was presented at the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) Awards Dinner on 16 May 2001. Mr. Owen won this award for a life time of achievements in the area of system safety.
Military Applications Societies' Professional of the Year (2001)
Dr. John Hall, A-P-T Research Division Manager, Industrial Engineering, was honored at the HATS Award Dinner. Dr. Hall was named the Military Applications Societies' Professional of the Year. Dr. Hall was recognized for his unique ability to find innovative solutions to difficult problems.
System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award (1999)
Tom Pfitzer, a member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter, was the recipient of the System Safety Society's Manager of the Year Award for 1999. The Manager of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual member of the Society who has made significant contributions through the implementation of an effective system safety management program for a major system effort. Tom's selection was based on system safety management actions that significantly contributed to the expansion of the discipline of system safety into other safety disciplines.
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Publication Awards (click headings to expand awards)
Tyler Ross, Matt Ortel, Paul LaHoud, “Fragmentation Characteristics of Steel Structures with Low Loading Density,” ISIEMS Conference 2015, November 2015.
Mike Swisdak, Tyler Ross, “Buildings as Barricades Module (BBM),” DAPS Conference 2015.
Dean Nichols, Jorge Flores, “Knocking Down Barriers to QRA Acceptance,” presented at numerous conferences in 2015 (MSHA, ISEE, Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference).
M. Anderson, R. Conway, John Tatom, L. Cotton, “SciPan 5 Program Description and Data Summary,” TR-NAVFAC EXWC-CI-1507, 2015.
L. Sadwin (Sadwin Engineering), Mike Swisdak, Y. Gitterman (Geophysical Institute of Israel), O. Lotan (Israel Navy, Technical Branch), “Shock Wave Energy: Explosions in Air, Ground, and Water,” 30th International Symposium on Shock Waves (ISSW).
John Tatom, Mike Swisdak, Lon Santis, Tyler Ross, “IMESAFR Version 2.0: A Next Generation Tool for Managing Risk Associated with Commercial Explosives Operations – 2014 Update,” Vistofak Journal, October 2015.
Joe Stuart, Tyler Ross, “SEAU Focus Article on Blast Loading,” Structural Engineering Association of Utah (SEAU) Newsletter.
Tyler Ross, J. Shaver (SDI), “Establishing an Operational Shielding Program in an Explosive Manufacturing Environment,” SAFEX Newsletter No. 54, September 2015.
Lon Santis, Mike Swisdak, John Tatom, “Development and Application of Quantitative Risk Assessment Methodology,” SAFEX Topical Paper Series No. 09/15.
James Wachter, Yi-Hua Tang, Alain Rüfenacht, Gerald J. FitzPatrick, and Samuel P. Benz, “Application of a 10 V Programmable Josephson Voltage Standard in Direct Comparison with Conventional Josephson Voltage Standard,“ IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Vol. 64., No. 12, December 2015.
L. Sadwin and Mike Swisdak, “Airblast Equivalent Weight and Yield Determinations Based on Measurements of Energy and other Blast Wave Parameters,” presented at the Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) Conference, May 5-6, 2014.
Tyler Ross, John Tatom, and Lon Santis, “IMESAFR Sensitivity Studies,” presented at the 26th International Society for Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Conference 2014, August 24-28, 2014, T-14-00400.
John Babcock, “The Fallacy of Space Safety,” presented at the 7th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference, 20-22 October 2014.
Susan Cantrell, Darlene Davenport, “Web-Based Hazard Tracking: Can You Go It Alone?” ISSC 2011.
Howard Kuettner, Josh McNeil, Willie Fitzpatrick, Richard Vance, “Use of SED DALΔ Software Risk Estimator (DΔSRE) Methodology for Estimation of Software Contribution to System Safety Risks in a Military Environment,” ISSC 2011.
Howard Kuettner, Richard Marten, Josh McNeil, Willie Fitzpatrick, “Practical Software Airworthiness/Safety and Computer Resources Criteria for Airworthiness Qualification of Military Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” ISSC 2011.
Danielle DeBraccio, Harry S. Delugach, “From Requirements to Architecture Style Focusing on Connector Properties,” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Computer Science and Engineering, 2011 .
John Tatom, et al., “Status of Testing Program to Benefit Explosives Safety Standards Development in the United States Department of Defense,” Proceedings from the 13th International Symposium on the Interactions of the Effects of Munitions with Structures, Bruehl, Germany, May 2009.
Howard Kuettner, “Identification of SIAP Safety-Critical Software Requirements,” ISSC 2009.
Howard Kuettner, “Application of Level of Rigor (LOR) to Software Verification,” ISSC 2009.
Nina Donath, Tom Pfitzer, “ART – APT Risk-Management Tool for Performing Risk Assessments,” ISSC 2009.
Mike Pessoney, Josh McNeil, “Software Safety Assessment Report – How It Can Be Built and How It Can Be Reported,” ISSC 2009.
Meredith Hardwick, Jerry Ward, “Development of a Risk-Based Model and Criteria for Explosives Safety,“ ISSC 2009.
Megan Stroud, Jerry Ward, “The Science of SAFER,” Minutes of the Ninth Annual Australian Explosive Ordnance Symposium,” November 2009.
John Tatom, Jesse Davis, et al., “Investigating the SAFER/SciPan Kinetic Energy/Mass Bin Concept,” Minutes of the Ninth Annual Australian Explosive Ordnance Symposium,” November 2009.
John Tatom, Jesse Davis, et al., “ISO-3 Debris Data Visualization and Comparison to ISO-1 Results,” Minutes of the Ninth Annual Australian Explosive Ordnance Symposium, November 2009.
John Tatom, et al., “ISO-3: Program Description and Progress,” Minutes of the Ninth Annual Australian Explosive Ordnance Symposium, November 2009.
John Tatom, et al., “SciPan 4: Program Description and Data Summary,” Minutes of the Ninth Annual Australian Explosive Ordnance Symposium, November 2009.
Jason Rupert, Scott Price, Bob Baker, Brandon Whitworth, Dustin Nix, Bill Christian - The APT Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Team.
Phyllis Cowans & Adriaan Ostrander - Efforts in obtaining a "Superior" Security rating from the Defense Security Service (DSS).
Nickole Porter - Streamlined the pre-construction process in order create a smoother and more efficient process for Missile Assembly Building (MAB) upgrades.
Chris Riley - Performing a unique, first of its kind gap analysis comparing the Quality Management and Systems Engineering functions of the three NASA launch services providers.
Miguel Perez, Adam Brown, and Irene Bussey - Development of two separate products: the GSA Schedule 84 catalog for C-IED training devices and the APT webpage that enables eligible customers to view, order and pay for C-IED training devices online.
Gabe Nickell - The primary analyst conducting a Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) using IMESAFR for a commercial customer.
Megan Stroud - Efforts on the GSA Schedule 84 submittal.
Nickole Porter - Providing critical safety move analyses, and real-time move support to ensure the GMD Program Office met an aggressive schedule for asset upgrades.
Brandon Sheltrown - Contributions in defining and analyzing the interconnectivity of assets between MDA, USAF, USN and US Army assets.
Danielle DeBraccio, Terry Songy, and Mike Pessoney - Efforts performing an Independent Software Safety Assessment Task (ISSAT) of the Joint Strike Fighter Safety-Critical Mission Systems Software for the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO).
Mike Giroir and Nina Donath - Delivery of a Blue Force Tracker (BFT) 2-compatible IDM-401 hosted software product.
Mike Kniest, Keith Bailey,
Kristen Butcher, and Ken Couch - Support of the Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Agency (JIDA).
Tom Morgan - Providing advisement and expertise to the RTC Commander and the ECTD Directorate Chiefs in areas of safety.
Wayne Devoid - Enhancing internal tools and processes to strengthen APT’s UAV abilities and promoting and marketing APT capabilities.
Paul Cunningham - Leading a NASA-wide Metrology Calibration resource allocation project in an outstanding manner.
Scott Staton - Development of processes for providing accurate monthly leave and labor estimates.
Katie Byers - Updating the APT proposal development process.
Tyler Ross, Joe Stuart, and Chris Carpenter - Development of the Magazine Modeling Tool (MMT) as part of the Fleet Concentration Area Magazine Study (FCAMS) for NAVFAC Atlantic.
Brandon Whitworth, Matt Ortel, Gabe Nickell, Mike Swisdak, Dean Nichols, Paul LaHoud, Rachael Karr, Tyler Ross, and Jorge Flores - Development of the Ammonium Nitrate (AN) module for IMESAFR Version 2.0.
Brandon Whitworth, Tyler Ross, Mike Swisdak, Jorge Flores, Steve Van Horn - Generated several hundreds of thousands of runs to test the new IMESAFR algorithms.
Tyler Ross, Jorge Flores, Matt Ortel, Brandon Whitworth, Danielle DeBraccio, Steve Van Horn, Dean Nichols - Generated the new FAST-Site tool for DDESB.
Alex Adams, Dustin Nix, Jesse Davis - Supporting the Target Project Office and providing the threat-representative MRBMs for MDA's integrated flight test FTO-01.
Cady Conklin - For her contribution to the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) receipt of a 2013 Value Engineering Award.
Mike Kniest - Leading development of the new C-IED Training Group.
Melissa Emery - For her contributions to the MIL-HDBK-516B update.
Don Clarkson - Representing NASA as the focal point for processing of the MAVEN spacecraft launched in November.
Phyllis Cowans - For her contributions to the APT Security Program.
Nina Donath - Significant contributions toward development of prototype IDM software for the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.
Max Tomlin - Support of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures (TC) Office.
Ed Krupko - Development of the THAAD process to verify that the Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) contained the appropriate safety cautions and warnings.
George Mayer, Tom Morgan - Planned, coordinated, and executed a notional helicopter crash accident exercise at Redstone Test Center’s Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Division with a subsequent After Action Review.
Andrew Ridnour - Supporting QSA by performing an analysis of the Extended Mid-Range Ballistic Missile (EMRBM) SR-19 motor case. Provided a better estimate of the margin of safety estimate for the buckling stability of the motor case through the application of sound engineering practices.
Scott Price - Assessment done on a fragmentation model currently in use by MDA. Since no funding was available for this effort, Scott donated all of the time that he worked on it, which ended up being over 60 hours.
Ashley Bedwell - Development of the IMESAFR student/user database.
Megan Stroud, Ashley Bedwell, Jorge Flores - Updating the Blount Island Risk Assessment.
Brandon Whitworth, Ashley Bedwell, Tyler Ross, Mike Swisdak, Bob Baker, Mark Moon - Development of IMESAFR 2.0 Beta.
Sandy Roman - Modifications to the test stand for new Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) family of Targets.
Bob Arine - Successfully coordinated resolution of the Building 1819 High Bay crane emergency lowering action that had been open since 2006.
Cady Conklin - Identifying and defining the data requirements for the MDA Obsolescence Management(MOM) Database .
Tom Morgan, Mike Kniest - Planning and execution of a mock accident training exercise at the RTC Climactic Division using multiple Division Safety Officers and the Directorate Safety Manager.
Mark Moon - MDA/DTD Link Margin Support for the FTI-01 mission.
Scott Price, Scott Pace - FTO-01 MRBM Flight Termination analysis.
Jason Rupert - Decomposition of two RTCA DO-178C supplements.
Cynthia Nichols-Webb - Successful completion of the Apache Engine Digital Electronic Control Unit (EDECU) Modeling Project.
J.P. Rogers - Support of the FLARE program.
Melissa Emery - Updates to the MIL-HDBK-516 and GEIA-STD-0010; contributions to Hazardous Commands Identification and Control chapter of the new book Safety Design of Space Operations; and technical editing of the Journal of System Safety.
Cheryl Wass, Tim Middendorf, Wayne Devoid - Planning and execution of the Florida office move.
Melissa Emery, Bob Baker, Pat Clemens, Tom Pfitzer, Heather French, Kristy Campbell - Development of the Risk Summing Guidebook
Bob Baker, Wayne Devoid, Jorge Flores, Tim Middendorf, Brad Monk, Cheryl Wass, Brandon Whitworth - Development of a methodology to accurately estimate the safety risks to the public associated with flying an UAS from private airports to military test areas (Gray Eagle).
Ashley Bedwell, John Barczynski, Troy Farmer, Mike Giroir, Rick Hart, Adriaan Ostrander, Jeff Richards, Jack Snyder - Organizing, scheduling, writing, and presenting a greatly expanded Safety Awareness Week training regimen with very short notice at the USAYPG.
William Christian - Outstanding support in assessing and updating the software safety requirements for Revision B of the MDA Assurance Provisions.
Wayne Devoid, Tim Middendorf, Ed Krupko, Kristy Campbell - Development of the THAAD Surface Danger Zone document.
Brad Watson - Development of system safety Pacific Tracker hazard tracking logs.
Bob Arine - Development of updated training modules for GMD.
Chase Elrod - Assisting Program Managers by providing financial data and supporting documentation.
Mark Moon, Brandon Whitworth, Bob Baker, Danny Hamlett, Megan Stroud, Scott Pace - Development of Link Margin/Budget Capability and RF Analysis Capability.
Brandon Whitworth - Development of multiple test data analysis tools.
Mike Swisdak - Development of the Phase 2 Consequence Analysis spreadsheet tool for Orica.
Jeff Richards - Efforts in establishing the SED Airworthiness and Safety Lab.
Jeannette Colvert - Development of monthly financials and metrics.
Myra Nickson and Mary Cooper - Developed and documented processes for entering new employee information in Deltek.
Nikki Black - Developed and documented processes for handling and accounting of petty cash.
John Hall, Myra Nickson, Max Tomlin, Jerry Rufe, Celesta Bridgeforth, John Justice - ISO Certification.
Adriaan Ostrander - Contract customer support.
Cheryl Wass - Passing all required training, completing all required paperwork, and meeting with Government security representatives in an effort to quickly get our Florida facility cleared to process secure data.
Myris Dowdy - Assessing and documenting the GMD program’s compliance with the requirement of being two-fault tolerant against the risk of inadvertent launch during Simultaneous Test and Operations.
Fred Bookwalter - Outstanding support to our at Yuma Proving Ground customer.
Tim Browning, Jerry Rufe - Set-up and retrieval of data recorders for sampling of toxic by-products produced by a GBI launch.
Wayne Devoid, Tim Middendorf, Cheryl Wass - Phase 2 work on the “PIRAT Yield Model for Impacting Solid Propellant” program.
Susan Cantrell, Clark Kilgore, Kristy Campbell - Development of managerial processes and tools needed by APT to function as a prime contractor on the MiDAESS contract.
Becky Merrill - Outstanding effort and performance as Director of Contracting.
Heather French - A series of original illustrations based on selected quotes from Blaise Pascal for APT’s Pascal Conference room.
Mike Swisdak - Excel-based tool that demonstrates the consequence predictions made by IMESAFR and has a double-interpolation routine built into the interface.
Brandon Whitworth, Mark Moon - Prototype Geographic Information System interface tool.
Mark Moon, Herb Burton, Alice Correa, J.P. Rogers, Scott Pace, Scott Price, Bob Baker - Flight Test Planning and Range Safety Team.
Meredith Hardwick, John Tatom, Nina Donath, Mike Giroir, Danielle DeBraccio, Darlene Davenport -
SAFER 3 Team.
Pat Clemens, Bill Pfitzer, Sid Smith, Jerry Rufe, Kristy Newton -
Training Development Team.
Randy Strom - Accreditation and mission implementation of the Space Asset Risk Analysis (SARA) tool.
Don Hanline, Howard Kuettner, Jerry Rufe, Nina Donath, Melissa Emery -
Outstanding support in developing and implementing a software system safety training process for Lockheed Martin Missile Defense National Team C2BMC (MDNTB).
Mary Svoboda - Ms. Svoboda's knowledge, skill, dedication, and focus on customer support directly resulted in a greatly improved Yuma Proving Ground Radiation Protection Program.
Clint McBride -
Establishment of the Yuma Proving Ground Mission Industrial Hygiene Program.
Herb Burton, Mark Moon, Scott Pace -
Development and implementation of an innovative approach for assessing test-unique risks to space assets.
Sid Smith, Chris Olson, Darlene Davenport, Saralyn Dwyer -
Development of the PRST Integrated Flight Safety Process.