During a ceremony held at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C. today, Charles River Analytics received the prestigious Tibbetts award. The awards are presented annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to small businesses working in research and development in order to recognize them as “models of excellence” in high technology.
Paul Gonsalves, Vice President, and Karen Harper, Principal Scientist were on hand to accept the award for Charles River. “We are extremely pleased to receive this prestigious award. It reflects on both our commitment to customer satisfaction and the talent and effort of our employees,” said Paul Gonsalves.
Charles River was nominated by Tim Menke at the USAF Aeronautical Systems Command (ASC) at Wright-Patterson AFB for the Company’s work across several SBIR programs focusing on advanced human behavior modeling, architectures, and intelligent agent software toolkits to support the Air Force’s modeling and simulation initiatives. “We are very appreciative of ASC’s long-standing support that has allowed us to make leading edge contributions to this important area within the modeling and simulation community” said Karen Harper.
In his enthusiastic nomination letter, Menke recognizes not only Charles River’s technical excellence, but also the Company’s “…philosophy to build a product valuable and useful to the customer, stay attuned to the customer’s requirements and needs, and foster an atmosphere that transcends business transactions.”
“In keeping with the spirit of the SBIR program objectives, these ASC-sponsored efforts have allowed us to transition our intelligent agent software tools to address a broad range of government and commercial applications and markets” said Gonsalves.
This is the seventh year for the Tibbetts award, named for Roland Tibbetts, who spearheaded the creation of the SBIR program. “The winners of the Tibbetts award represent the vanguard of American technological know-how. Their pursuit of ‘the better way’ to do something symbolizes the creative energy of our country’s spirit and drive. I commend them for their excellence and congratulate them on their awards,” said Administrator Hector V. Barreto.
The SBIR program is administered by the SBA and implemented by the 10 federal agencies that have research and development budgets of over $100 million. The SBIR program is widely acknowledged as producing some of the government’s most highly rated research. More information about the SBIR program and other programs for small businesses can be found at http://www.sba.gov.