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Release No: 514-97
September 25, 1997


Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Larry

Lynn today announced the winners of the 1997 DARPA Awards for Excellence. These awards, which have been presented annually since 1985, are designed to reward and encourage excellence among scientists and engineers working with and for DARPA.

The Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Bosnian Cantonment Area Monitoring System (BCAMS) Project Team, of Tucson, Ariz., received the DARPA 1997 Award for Sustained Excellence by a Performer for their outstanding technical excellence, sustained performance at an exceptional level and outstanding team effort and dedication in the face of significant technical and logistical challenges. The Team was lead by David Guarino, and includes David Phillips, Ned Thorson, Sarah Officer, Elizabeth Giles, Steven Sayer, Brian Webb, Thomas Hotler, Fotius Rouch, John Faust and Derek Dyer. BCAMS, which was developed and delivered to Taszar Air Force Base, Hungary, in only five months, uses digital site

models of cantonment areas in Bosnia to allow image analysts to monitor heavy equipment storage in compliance with the Dayton Accord. The SAIC-BCAMS Project Team's excellent performance has provided intelligence-gathering warfighters a needed tool, and is a shining example of how the technological community can effectively and rapidly meet the needs of U.S. warfighters around the world.

DARPA selected Ronald Taylor, professor of biochemistry in the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, to receive the 1997 Award for Significant Technical Achievement for his pioneering approach to the treatment of biological warfare threat agents. His methodology entails the use of red blood cells with specially designed molecular "hooks" to remove circulating biological warfare agents. There are currently very few medical treatments available for many biological warfare agents and Taylor's bold innovation opens up an entirely new and exceptionally powerful medical strategy for treatment of biological warfare agent exposure and possibly other life-threatening infections.

Only a few years ago, the Taylor premise was perceived as impractical or impossible by a large fraction of the scientific community. However, over the last 14 months, Taylor has demonstrated spectacular results in early models. In these tests, the modified red blood cells cleared out up to a million simulated biological warfare agent organisms in less than an hour, and maintained this cleansing capability for over five days.

Ellison "Dick" Urban received the 1997 DARPA Program Manager of the Year

Award for his contributions to the state-of-the-art of small, lightweight, operationally effective processing and display technologies. His efforts will lead to a revolution for warrior visualization and information processing for the warfighter. Urban's ability to focus the latest

technical advances towards the needs of the user are a tremendous asset to the Agency, and serve as an example of the ability to rapidly transition the newest technologies to the warfighter. His foresight, inspiration and leadership have resulted in head-mounted display products, a major leap forward for the military, and smart electronic modules, which bring the latest innovations in electronics directly to the warfighter. In presenting Urban's award, Director Lynn noted, "Dick exemplifies a successful DARPA Program Manager. He has vision for how new technologies

can realistically add capability for our warfighters, assembles a great technical team, and keeps everyone focused on the end result of giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines improved capability and performance."

DARPA presented its 1997 Award for Outstanding Performance by a Small Business Contractor to IGR Enterprises, Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, for their innovative development and feasibility demonstration of a solid oxide fuel cell weighing only 25 grams (about one ounce) for micro air vehicle propulsion and electrical power. These fuel cells will have the potential

to provide up to six times the energy density available from commercial lithium batteries, and approximately twice the power density. They are also safe and non-toxic, with unlimited shelf life. IGR is the first to build and operate a solid oxide fuel cell of this size, which expands the

state-of-the-art in the technology. Solid oxide fuel cells have great potential for commercial and military applications. In addition, the military's progress toward operational micro air vehicles is dependent on the development of innovative propulsion and power sources such as IGR Enterprises' small fuel cell. IGR Enterprises' award was accepted by President Arnold Z. Gordon. Gordon is also the principal investigator for the company's solid oxide fuel cell work.

Henry Girolamo, program manager at U.S. Army's Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, Mass., received DARPA's 1997 Award for Sustained Excellence and Outstanding Performance by a Government Agent for his speed, perseverance, and aggressive management of DARPA contracts. Girolamo has monitored over $60 million worth of DARPA

contracts during the past five years. Each of those contractors receives Girolamo's personal attention. He sets uncompromising standards of excellence for his contractors, motivating them to overcome, succeed and excel. He insures that DARPA's efforts receive top priority at Natick, and has assisted the Army in adopting many DARPA technologies and products.

The awards were presented in Kansas City, Mo., during a ceremony at DARPATech '97, DARPA's nineteenth systems and technology symposium.

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