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President of Charles River Analytics Receives Air Force’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award

On October 6, 2010, the president of Charles River Analytics, Dr. Greg Zacharias, received the US Air Force’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award at the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) awards banquet in Washington, DC. Dr. Zacharias was honored for his contributions while serving on the SAB from 2006 to 2010; the award is the second highest awarded to civilians for service to the Air Force. This is the second time he has received this award, the first being in 2005.

Dr. Zacharias’s SAB activities included participating in or chairing Science and Technology (S&T) Reviews for the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Human Effectiveness Directorate (AFRL/RH; in 2007 and 2009), and participating in S&T Reviews for the Information Directorate (AFRL/IF; in 2007 and 2009). Dr. Zacharias also contributed to a number of SAB studies during his board membership, serving as a member of the Study on the Implications of Cyber Warfare (2007) and the Study on Defending and Operating in a Contested Cyber Domain (2008), co-chairing the Study on Virtual Training Technologies (2009), and chairing the Study on Operating Next-Generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft for Irregular Warfare (2010).

Pictured here are Dr. John Betz, SAB Chairman (left) and Lieutenant General George Muellner (Ret), member of the SAB Executive Committee (right), presenting the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service to Dr. Greg Zacharias.

About Dr. Greg Zacharias, President and Senior Principal Scientist: At Charles River Analytics, Dr. Zacharias provides strategic direction for the Government Services and Commercial Solutions Divisions, while contributing to efforts in cognitive systems engineering and advanced decision-support systems. Before founding Charles River, he was a Senior Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, a Research Engineer at CS Draper Labs, and a USAF attaché for the Space Shuttle program at NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Zacharias was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors (now Human Systems Integration) for more than ten years, and co-chaired the NRC study “Organizational Models: from Individuals to Societies.” He is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory and the Humans and Automation Laboratory. Dr Zacharias has been a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), the DoD Human Systems Technology Area Review and Assessment (TARA) Panel, and the Human System Wing Advisory Group for Brooks City Base, TX. Dr. Zacharias chaired a recently-completed USAF SAB study of unmanned aircraft operations in irregular warfare. He is currently a member of the Embry-Riddle Research Advisory Board, the MIT Engineering Systems Division Advisory Board, and the Small Business Technology Council Board. Dr. Zacharias obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1977.

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