RDECOM Director presents West with 2012 Presidential Rank Award

July 28, 2014

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  • RDECOM Director Mr. Dale A. Ormond recently presented a 2012 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional to the Army Research Laboratory's Dr. Bruce J. West, senior scientist of mathematics and information science at ARL's Army Research Office and ARL Fellow.
  • West was specifically recognized for sustained superior accomplishment in the conduct of programs of the United States Government and noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in public service.
  • West's research focuses on the development of the mathematical tools necessary to understand complex phenomena as they apply to the emerging discipline of Network Science, and has provided new measures for the detection and assessment of injury, disease and other physiologic pathologies of significance to the Soldier.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Director Mr. Dale A. Ormond recently presented a 2012 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional to the Army Research Laboratory's Dr. Bruce J. West, senior scientist of mathematics and information science at ARL's Army Research Office and ARL Fellow, at the laboratory's Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.

West's research focuses on the development of the mathematical tools necessary to understand complex phenomena as they apply to the emerging discipline of Network Science, and has provided new measures for the detection and assessment of injury, disease and other physiologic pathologies of significance to the Soldier.

He was specifically recognized for sustained superior accomplishment in the conduct of programs of the United States Government and noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in public service.

According to Presidential Rank Award Program guidance, the Presidential Rank Award was established by statute in 1978. Two categories of rank awards are available, distinguished rank to leaders who achieve sustained extraordinary accomplishments and meritorious rank to leaders for sustained accomplishments.

Only five percent of the Senior Executive Service and five percent of senior career employees may receive the respective Meritorious Rank Awards.

During his remarks, Ormond stated that it was an honor to be a part of recognizing West, one of ARL's very best S&Es, with this prestigious award and noted that his work is making a difference not only for the Army but for society as well.

"I was very pleased that Mr. Ormond was able to personally present the Presidential Rank Award to me. His comments comparing my work with that of Nash as dramatized in the film "The Beautiful Mind" were especially gratifying, but whereas Nash worked in isolation, I had and continue to have the advantage of collaborating with some of the world's most gifted scientists," said West.

West stated that it is satisfying to have his work recognized by the Army at large, but it is especially heartwarming to see that opinion shared by his colleagues.

"It meant a great deal to me to have my friends and fellow scientists participate in the ceremony, although I must admit to feeling awkward with that much attention being focused on me rather than on the work I am doing," West stated.

This award is a tremendous accomplishment for West and is a testament to his hard work and dedication in support of our Army.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: July 28, 2014