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Rudolph cited for excellence in IT

6/23/2015 – HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International presented Hanscom Air Force Base’s Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, with its Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology during a ceremony at its Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore June 15.

Rudolph was cited for his direct work in guiding Air Force information technology programs, as well as his work on collaborative efforts among the service and other parties, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In his CTO role, Rudolph led efforts to form the Hanscom AFB Innovation and Collaboration Board. Comprised of Hanscom, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, academia and industry partners, the board worked to collaborate, consult and share technical innovations and strengths.

The goal of the board is to broaden the pool of resources, knowledge and ideas that can be used to provide required Air Force capabilities while also enhancing the regional economy. This partnership identified many initiatives to further strengthen national defense and advance research and development, according to the award nomination prepared by the local Lexington-Concord Chapter of AFCEA.

This work led to a $2.9 million investment by Massachusetts in a facility formerly known as C4ISR Enterprise Integration Facility at Hanscom. The name has since been changed to the Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center, to reflect its broader mission of information sharing and multi-party work efforts.

The revamped facility will become part of a larger innovation framework encouraging partnerships with state, federal and top cyber institutions in the nation.

Rudolph also championed the Workforce Training and Development program. It was established to offer relevant and topical training to military and civilian personnel.

“Thanks to his insightful collaboration between Hanscom and academia, Dr. Rudolph became the driving force behind the inaugural offering: The Cyber Security Graduate Certificate Program (offered) through The University of Massachusetts Lowell,” according to the nomination.

Rudolph also serves as Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks Program Executive Office chief architect, where he conceived and led the Air Force’s pioneering return-on-investment analysis comparing genuine commercial Cloud Computing to the Defense Department’s computing infrastructure. These findings, which showed tremendous potential savings utilizing commercial cloud computing, were overwhelmingly endorsed by the AF’s 3-star oversight panel, the Information and Technology Governance Executive Board.

A lifetime member of AFCEA, Rudolph generously shares his experiences and knowledge, serving as keynote speaker at numerous AFCEA events, chapter officials said. He is sought after for his expertise and opinions for publications focusing on technology, cloud computing and finding innovative uses of industry investment in modern information technology provisioning.

Maj. Kate Stowe, a program manager within the Battle Management Directorate, was also recognized by AFCEA with a Meritorious Service Award. Stowe demonstrated an outstanding dedication to the AFCEA mission and spearheaded several endeavors to raise funds supporting current and new science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives, according to her award write-up.

Kasie Moriarty, from Battle Management’s Landing Systems Division, won the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award. Other Hanscom-area award recipients included local industry members Tim Ceteras and Donald (Bud) Vazquez, both retired colonels who served in leadership positions at Hanscom prior to retiring from active duty.