School of Systems and Enterprises Paper Wins ANSER’s Annual Joseph B. Platt Award for 2010

Hoboken, NJ – The Information, Knowledge, Systems Management (IKSM) journal article “Leveraging paradox in systems engineering:  Discovering Wisdom,” (Vol. 7, Iss. 4) co-authored by three members of the Stevens Institute of Technology community, has been selected as the recipient of ANSER’s Annual Joseph B. Platt Award for 2010.

Larry John, an employee of ANSER and a Systems Engineering Ph.D. student at Stevens, in conjunction with Drs. Brian Sauser and John Boardman, both professors in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens, authored the award-winning paper.  The IKSM article focuses on a three-step approach to leveraging paradox in problem-solving situations posing some key questions and a research program designed to support the development of paradox-related training in both systems engineering and policy development.   

Dr. Sauser said: “Mr. John’s work in looking at paradox in a way that can innovate systems engineering is noteworthy.  ANSER’s recognition of his work is well deserved and significant amongst his peers.”
Begun in 1995, the Joseph B. Platt Award (named after the former chairman of ANSER’s board of trustees, who retired in 1990) recognizes the publication of professional papers and manuscripts relevant to ANSER’s current or future work. The award is given quarterly (to any author(s) of said publications) as well as annually (a single award to the year’s outstanding publication).  Platt selects the annual award winner personally from a set of three papers nominated by a three-person committee from among all papers published by Analytic Services, Inc. employees each year. 

Dr. Platt served as a Member-Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Analytic Services for 30 years. He brought to Analytic Services a broad knowledge of national security issues, an extensive understanding of advanced technologies, and strong leadership that significantly contributed to establishing Analytic Services’ impressive reputation with the defense community. He currently holds the distinguished title of Chairman of the Board Emeritus.

“This award gives me particular satisfaction,” commented Dr. Ruth David, ANSER’s CEO and President. “Systems thinking and its pragmatic application to some of our nation’s most complex national security challenges is an important tenet within our charter.”

The winners will receive their awards at the 2010 ANSER Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, November 12th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia.

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