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February 15, 2012—Douglass Post, chief scientist of the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) and senior member of the technical staff at the SEI, received the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Gold Medal Award during the ASNE Honors Gala on February 9 in Arlington, Va., in conjunction with ASNE’s Annual Meeting & Symposium, ASNE Day 2012: Naval Warfare—Critical Engineering Challenges. ASNE presents the Gold Medal Award annually to an individual who has made a significant naval engineering contribution in a particular area during the past five years.
ASNE recognized Post for his “extensive technical prowess and expertise” in establishing and developing the Computational Research and Engineering Tools and Environments (CREATE) Program. “Dr. Post and his team’s CREATE software will significantly reduce the level of expertise required to use physics-based simulation tools, provide robust case management capability and facilitate exploration of the vast dimensions of design possibilities,” the award citation reads. Established in 2008, CREATE helps the DoD develop sophisticated multiphysics-based computational engineering tools for design and analysis of DoD weapon systems in ships and air vehicles, and integration of radio frequency antennas with DoD platforms. These tools, along with high performance computers, can analyze and predict the performance of entire ships, air vehicles, and radio frequency antennas before they are built, allowing for timely input for design decisions as well as reduced prototype manufacturing and testing. Engineers can rely more heavily on computational prototypes, which can be constructed much earlier and less expensively, and testing of physical prototypes can then focus on validating mature designs. CREATE therefore allows the DoD to expedite all stages of the acquisition process, lower costs, reduce defects, and improve the productivity of individual engineers.
“[Dr. Post’s] work in developing CREATE has greatly improved the nation's ability to design and develop complex weapons systems, preparing the nation to meet future acquisition challenges,” the citation reads. Post joined the SEI in 2005 and has more than 40 years of experience developing and applying physics-based software to solve large-scale physics and engineering problems. Prior to his work on CREATE and as HPCMP chief scientist, he has led simulation and design projects at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He has published more than 250 refereed conference papers and books, and has more than 6,400 citations in computational, experimental, and theoretical physics and software engineering. Post is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.