NCS Hall of Fame 2019

On a Wednesday evening, attendees checked into an exclusive, invite-only event at the impressive Southside Restaurant, found within the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. Guests were served an exquisite selection of Hors D’oeuvres and beverages, all while mingling and socializing, waiting to celebrate the stars of the night.

It was a special evening for IST since not only one, but two, of our very own were inducted into the Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame. A highly coveted accolade awarded by the National Center for Simulation (NCS), this recognition is an astounding honor and achievement. The organization, which also happened to be celebrating its 25th anniversary serving as the voice of modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T), plays a key role in the promotion, growth, and protection of the MS&T industry and community. Much of their success can be attributed to the collaborations NCS helps develop by diversifying traditional defense simulation to other areas of interest, including government, military, and academia. It is thanks to NCS that Orlando remains the world’s epicenter of MS&T, an industry that immensely benefits Florida’s economy.

The sixth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, this marvelous event acknowledges those who have shown passion, dedication, and perseverance in this ever-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. These individuals have played their part in advocating for this modern industry since its infancy. They have led innovative and life-saving research, diversified its applications, and facilitated its growth in education. These are just a few, among many more, of their contributions towards the field of modeling and simulation. The time has come for these two MS&T rock stars to be recognized for their relentless efforts.

Through strong leadership and advocacy, Dr. Shumaker sparked the immense growth of IST and ultimately the establishment of the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) at UCF, one of the handful of Universities worldwide offering master's and doctorate degrees in modeling and simulation. Earlier in his career, Dr. Shumaker led instrumental research in the automation of aircraft support systems. His work in the Naval Research Laboratory helped cultivate vital innovations such as the electromagnetic catapult and launch, recovery, and visual landing aids for sea-based aircrafts.

The first to link ground-based simulation facilities to test driver response during impact conditions, Dr. Hancock’s transportation research has been lifesaving and his studies have been adopted by several branches of the military. Dr. Hancock’s early focus on the modeling of physiological systems assisted the US Army in the testing of human response in extreme environments, providing limits of exposure during thermal conditions. However, it was his remarkable work for the US Air Force that ultimately helped in the founding of the Augmented Cognition Society. Dr. Hancock later continued to direct and graduate the first modeling and simulation Ph.D. student at UCF, supporting the candidate’s innovative research on the human aspects of augmented reality.

The sophisticated induction ceremony took place on July 31st, 2019. Brian Holmes, from the NCS Board of Directors, introduced the ceremony’s opening remarks. George Cheros, President and CEO of NCS, along with Mary Trier, Vice Chair, had the honor of presenting the awards to the fellow honorees. The inductions were followed by pictures and a congratulatory reception alongside many valued guests including a representative for Buddy Dyer, the Mayor of Orlando, and Beverly Seay, from the UCF Board of Trustees and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee.

Dr. Randall Paul Shumaker and Dr. Peter Hancock are now part of the Class of 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees, proudly being displayed on the “Wall of Honor,” a permanent installation found at the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center.

Images provided by NCS and SMST.
Written by: Catherine Delgado


Aug. 14, 2019