The National Center for Simulation announced the 2017 class of the Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame who will be recognized in a special ceremony planned for June 29 at the Orange County Convention Center — home of the Hall of Fame Wall of Honor. Those five individuals are:

Modeling and Simulation Hall of FameDavid M. Kotick, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Chief M&S Engineer — A pioneer in virtual communications, he is the DoD’s leading SME in the field, and he holds multiple patents in the fields of digital communications within the LVC environment.

Fred L. Lewis, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret) — Served as the president from 1995-2012 of the National Training and Simulation Association, sponsor of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition of modeling and simulation technology.

Robert M. Matthews, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, retired Deputy Technical Director — His imprint on M&S has touched not only a variety of disparate Navy programs across warfare branches, but also a variety of Navy and DoD MS&T infrastructure initiatives.

Honorable John L. Mica, U.S. Representative — A strong advocate for our nation’s vets and seniors, soon after his election to the U.S. House, he was a champion for the simulation industry through policy, funding and loyal support.

Beverly J. Seay, M&S Consultant & UCF Trustee — A founding business leader of the Orlando M&S community who was instrumental in bringing together government, industry, and academia to lay the foundation and a set of standards for the integrated ecosystem it is today.

“Once again we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize pioneers in our industry for their passion, dedication and their significant contributions to the growth of modeling and simulation,” said NCS President & CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret) Tom Baptiste. “Each inductee represents a different sector of our industry and as a whole, they are a graphic example of how close collaboration between academia, industry and smart government have helped grow and shape modeling and simulation in America.”

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who has and continues to devote a great deal of her energy to insuring the future growth and success of Orlando’s MS&T industry, will be in attendance for the ceremony. Orange County, in partnership with Orange County Convention Center leadership, graciously offered a dedicated area in the convention center’s south concourse in 2014 that permanently houses the NCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.

For more information about the Hall of Fame event, or to read about the Hall of Fame members, visit

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