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Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence

Through a partnership with The Purdue Research Foundation, the Armstrong Family and Neil Armstrong’s friend, Jim Hays, ASF recognizes an Astronaut Scholar Alum who exemplifies personal character and professional achievement, and their work leaves an impact in their field. The nominating criteria embody Neil Armstrong’s core values and those of his colleagues, the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence Honoree is Patrick Biltgen, Ph.D., a 2001 and 2002 Astronaut Scholar from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Patrick Biltgen was awarded the Astronaut scholarship from the Foundation in both 2001 and 2002 at Georgia Institute of Technology. Patrick currently serves as Director of Analytics at Vencore, Inc., a firm based in Chantilly, Virginia, that provides high impact, mission-critical information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government. Since at Vencore, his innovative methods for data integration and analysis have resulted in pioneering work on the discipline of Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI). That work has benefited the nation’s military and intelligence communities by locating and identifying explosive caches used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs). ABI was credited with saving the lives of countless U.S. soldiers.

He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He was recognized with the National Defense Science and Engineering and Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), the Astronaut Scholarship, a Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship, and the 2006 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Orville and Wilbur Wright award. Patrick was also a fellow in the Sam Nunn Security Program.



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