SPIE Fellow Kevin Priddy was honored among twelve outstanding scientists and engineers for his exceptional contributions to advancing technologies for the warfighter. Priddy, and seven of the twelve scientist, and engineers were awarded the AFRL Fellow status, which is the lab's highest award for career contributions, at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Fellows and Early Career Awards Banquet on 30 October.
AFRL's signature event of the year was themed "AFRL Legacy." Retired, Maj. Gen. Dick Paul is responsible for leading the initiative to combine four Air Force legacy laboratories into the AFRL and delivered the keynote speech at the event. He emphasized how the Fellows and Early Career Award Winners have played an important role in creating a single laboratory in AFRL, and put aside their biases and past loyalties.
Chief of the Avionics Engineering Division at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Priddy, is considered to be among the nation's best and brightest scientists and engineers. The Avionics Engineering Division provides technical support to program offices to design, manufacture, and deploy airborne weapon systems. He is the author of the book, Artificial Neural Networks: An Introduction, and 33 papers published in scientific journals in the SPIE Digital Library.
As the co-inventor of three patents, Priddy received his BS in electrical engineering at Brigham Young University, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. Priddy's recognitions include the Air Force Achievement Medal, the AFRL Commander's Cup, and the AFRL Senior Leadership Award.
Priddy is a long-time organizer of the conference on Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR at SPIE Defense + Security.
More information is in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base press release.