On October 5, 2005, 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 2001 to 2005; the award is the second highest awarded to civilians for service to the Air Force.
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/HE; in 2001, 2003, and 2005), and participating in S&T Reviews for the Information Directorate (AFRL/IF; in 2003 and 2005). Dr. Zacharias also chaired the Human Systems Wing Advisory Group (HSWAG) at Brooks City Base (2002-2005), and was a member of the Air Combat Command Advisory Group at Langley AFB (2003-2004). Dr. Zacharias also contributed to a number of SAB studies during his board membership, co-chairing the Prediction and Confirmation Tools Panel for the SAB’s Predictive Battlespace Awareness Study (2002), chairing the Mission Management Panel for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Study (2003), co-chairing the Human Systems Integration Study (2004), and co-chairing the Modeling and Simulation Panel for the recently concluded Urban Operations Study (2005).
About Dr. Greg Zacharias, President and Senior Principal Scientist: At Charles River Analytics, Dr. Zacharias provides strategic direction in cognitive systems engineering and computational intelligence for the development of decision-support systems. Before founding Charles River, he was a Senior Scientist at 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 has been a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors since 1995, and is currently co-chairing the NRC study “Organizational Models: From Individuals to Societies.” He is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory and the MIT 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 is currently a member of the Research Advisory Board of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Small Business Technology Coalition board of directors. Dr. Zacharias obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1977.