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Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award

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Initiated in 1985, the IEEE AUTOTESTCON Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award is given in the memory of the late Frank McGinnis of the Sperry Corporation, who was instrumental in bringing military automated test to the forefront of visibility for government and industry alike. Mr. McGinnis founded the Navy Ad Hoc ATE Project for the Navy in 1975, under National Security Industrial Association (NSIA) leadership, to examine and recommend to the Navy a program of research and development to help increase the competency levels of automated test. This led to a Joint Services ATE Project that started in 1978 and had a similar purpose, except the focus was tri-service. The culmination was the formation in late 1980 of the NSIA Automated Test Committee, a permanent activity to maintain a focus on military automated test. This activity is still vibrant and functioning, as a Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA, successor to the NSIA) Systems Engineering Division.

The Professional Achievement Award was established in Frank McGinnis' memory and honor to recognize managers or professionals in the ATE industry who have demonstrated long-term leadership in the field.  The award is presented at the AUTOTESTCON awards luncheon by the AUTOTESTCON Board Chair or Vice-Chair.

The Frank McGinnis Award is presented at AUTOTESTCON to recognize a career of outstanding leadership, individual initiative, and technical contributions in automated test engineering. Nominees must have demonstrated specified professional achievement and leadership over a career span, and participation in AUTOTESTCON.

The award carries a cash prize of $2,000 and a trophy.
Award given at AUTOTESTCON
2013 - "For his demonstrated professional leadership qualities and his contributions to the field of automatic testing. "
2012 - "For being a significant contributor to the Automated Test Systems industry and to the development of effective systems for military support. He has been a significant driving force for innovation, being a key evangelist for the PXI standard; a successful businessman, growing the company he co-founded into a leading instrument and system supplier; and leader in industry groups such as the National Defense Industries Association Automatic Testing Committee. "
2011 - "A naval offer user of ATE; a navy program manager for what became the largest ATE program in DoD history; a key continuator to three AUTOTESTCON Committees; supported and advised several other Committtees and Committee proposal teams; has advised and help"

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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