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NERSC’s Bill Kramer Is Honored by NASA, Cited by HPCwire

June 1, 2005

NERSC Center General Manager Bill Kramer received two very different honors recently: a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Advanced Air Transportation Technologies (AATT) Project Team, and inclusion in the HPCwire newsletter’s annual list of “People to Watch” in HPC.

Bill, who came to Berkeley Lab from NASA Ames in 1996, was one of the original seven members of the AATT Project team from September 1994 to February 1996. He became the first AATT Program Office Director in 1995. Bill’s citation, signed by the NASA Deputy Administrator on April 5, 2005, reads, “For highly successful research and technology transfer leading to improved operation of the National Airspace System.”

The AATT Project was completed on September 30, 2004, after nine years of highly successful research, development, and technology transfer to the FAA and the airline industry. The major focus of the AATT Project was to improve the capacity of transport aircraft operations at and between major airports in the National Airspace System by developing decision support tools and concepts to help air traffic controllers, airline dispatchers, and pilots improve the air traffic management and control process from gate to gate. AATT addressed some of the most difficult air traffic management issues, including operations in complex airspace and the implementation of distributed air/ground responsibilities for separation.

The program involved research and concept demonstrations in areas such as modeling, real- and fast-time simulation, human factors, visualization, large-scale information management, software engineering, wireless communication, and automation and decision support tools. A summary of the AATT is at <http://www.asc.nasa.gov/aatt/overview.html>.The program involved research and concept demonstrations in areas such as modeling, real- and fast-time simulation, human factors, visualization, large-scale information management, software engineering, wireless communication, and automation and decision support tools. A summary of the AATT is at <http://www.asc.nasa.gov/aatt/overview.html>.

When the HPCwire newsletter issued its annual list of People to Watch in HPC on June 10, 2005, Bill was one of 15 people making the list. HPCwire Editor Tim Curns introduced the list as chronicling “the year’s most influential and interesting luminaries in the HPC field. Several of the notables made the list by making waves in the past year or so. Others seem to be building steam and should be noted for their potential impact on the industry. But above all, our list, compiled by HPCwire with the help of past winners and a cast of industry insiders, represents the foundation of a new era in high-performance computing.”

Read why Bill was picked as watchable and see the full list at <http://www.taborcommunications.com/hpcwire/features/people05/>.


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