- Rick Severinghaus (Chair)
- Randy Garrett (Vice Chair)
- Elizabeth Baron
- Pamela Boyers
- Jesse Citizen
- Rick Darter
- Dayna Downing
- James Robb (ex-officio)
- Marjorie A. Zielke
Standing Committee Chairs:
- Bob Armstrong – (Technology, Research, & Development) To learn more, please contact the Technology, Research & Development Committee Chair, Bob Armstrong, at ArmstrRK@evms.edu.
- Lisa Bair – Communications, Outreach & Public Affairs – COPA. To learn more, please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marjorie Zielke – Educational & Professional Development – EPD. To learn more, please contact Marjorie at email@example.com.
- Eric Weisel – Industrial Development & Business Practice – ID/BP. To learn more, please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biographies of Policy Committee Members
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Simulation
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
Pamela J. Boyers, Ph.D. is associate vice chancellor for clinical simulation at UNMC, where she spearheads UNMC’s Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, known as the iEXCEL℠, initiative. Prior positions held by Dr. Boyers include: Executive Director of the University of Toledo Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (UT-IISC) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery; Assistant Dean for Students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine; Assistant Dean for Education/Ohio Health at OSU and Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer, Center of Medical Education + Innovation – one of the first medical interprofessional simulation centers; and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for Riverside, OhioHealth. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling & Education from The Ohio State University, College of Medicine.
With significant experience in healthcare education and the design, construction of clinical simulation centers, Dr. Boyers is well published and speaks nationally and globally about the integration of modeling and simulation technology and the day-to-day operations of Interprofessional Simulation Centers. Dr. Boyers and the IISC team have recently been collaborating with the United States Air Force in research studies and training (Live Virtual Constructive Exercises) for training SWAT Teams, First Responders and USAF Para Jumpers.
Jesse Citizen became the Director of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office (DMSCO) in 2007, where he leverages his broad understanding of DoD missions, professional military operations, and modeling and simulation (M&S). As the focal point for the Department’s M&S activities, Mr. Citizen also oversees the functional activities for M&S activities aligned under the Department’s Cyber Security Information Analysis Center. In prior positions, Mr. Citizen served 33 years of active duty as an Air Force (AF) officer. His last military position was Chief, M&S Policy Division, in Headquarters U.S. Air Force, where he was responsible for developing for the AF policy and providing oversight for AF centrally managed M&S programs. Mr. Citizen served as the military assistant to the AF Chief Information Officer; readiness evaluator and military assistant to the DOD Inspector General; and Chief, Tactical Control Systems Integrations, Plans and Programs Directorate, Headquarters AF.
Jesse has a broad civilian education and professional military background, including three Masters Degrees, completion of the Marine Command and Staff College and Air Command and Staff College, and attendance at the Air War College. He is currently working on a Doctoral of Business Administration Degree. Mr. Citizen has held a wide variety of operational positions within the North American Air Defense System, Tactical Air Control System, and over 1700 hours onboard the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). His international experience includes Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), where he oversaw the development of NATO Air Defense Systems, political-military policy, and operations requirements. Mr. Citizen has served as Vice Chair and Chairman of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) and as the Chair, Technical Panel 2, The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP).
Marjorie A. Zielke, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Modeling and Simulation & professor of practice at the University of Texas, Dallas (UT Dallas). Working primarily in emerging forms of simulation, she is the UT Dallas principal investigator on several serious game projects oriented toward professional development and education in the military, law enforcement, education and medical sectors. Dr. Zielke teaches classes in big data for advertising and media design, and on screenless interface design and cyber-psychology. One of her labs, Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies, is currently working on virtual humans related to dyslexia, chronic back pain and law enforcement.
Dr. Zielke’s major completed projects have won national and international awards. Her Lab projects won first place for faculty at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in both 2015 and 2014, the U.S. Army’s Modeling and Simulation Training Team Award, November 2013 as part of the HINT (Hybrid Irregular-warfare Network-defeat Toolkit) Federation, and the government category in the I/ITSEC Serious Games Competition, 2011. Dr. Zielke has an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Within NM&SC, Dr. Zielke was instrumental in establishing the initial strategic platform for the Coalition through her work and participation in NM&SC national meeting platforms on Modeling and Simulation organization coalitions. Dr. Zielke is also one of the pioneer sponsors on creating a National Research Agenda for Modeling and Simulation through her selection for participation in the NMSC/The National Training Simulation Association (NTSA), NASA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Workshop on Research Challenges in Modeling & Simulation for Engineering Complex Systems held in January 2016. Dr. Zielke was also part of the NTSA-sponsored Black Swan simulation initiative.
Rick Darter is President and CEO of Rave Computer Association, Inc., which he co-founded in 1988. Mr. Darter has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the computer industry. As a key leader and executive at Rave Computer for 28 years, he drives the strategic direction of the company. Rave specializes in the optimization of “purpose built computers” customized to meet industry requirements for solutions related to modeling, simulation, training and visualization.
Mr. Darter currently serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations, including Automation Alley, a technology business association advancing the economic growth and image of Southeastern Michigan. He serves as a Director on the Board of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)-Michigan Chapter and is the chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Committee.
Mr. Darter is a founding member and an advisory Board Member of the RAVE CAVE at DC3S, a non-profit 501 (c) 3, which offers a 3D immersive environment with the purpose of promoting visualization technologies that can be used in research, to promote STEM and by the manufacturing community to enhance product development. He also sits on the Board of DANAS Technologies a for-profit, hub-zone re-seller of computer hardware.
Elizabeth Baron is a Technical Specialist in Virtual Reality and Advanced Visualization at Ford Motor Company. She has been the driving force in the development and deployment of immersive vehicle verification technology at Ford Motor Company. She is the principle inventor of the Ford immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) process and technology. FiVE immerses a person into a full size, photo-realistic vehicle environment, enabling real-time product evaluations to take place in advance of any physical builds. FiVE is being used to satisfy evaluation criteria for engineering, aesthetic design, ergonomics and manufacturing process.
Elizabeth began her career at Ford in working as a software developer for Ford’s product design software, later specializing in development of visualization and solid modeling software. Elizabeth became the first Virtual Reality Technical Specialist at Ford, a position she asked to create so she could grow the technology within the Company. She received her BS in Industrial Technology and Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University, is a qualified Six Sigma Academy Black Belt and graduate of the Ford Design Institute. She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a founder/organizer of SAE AR/VR. She is also a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, where she has served as a jurist for SIGGRAPH 15 & 16. Elizabeth was awarded the highest individual technical award in Ford Motor Company, the Dr. Haren Gandhi Research and Innovation Award, honoring her career in immersive visualization and her technical leadership.
Dr. Randall Garrett remains actively involved throughout the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) and Research and Development (R&D) communities. This includes successful application of science and engineering for full-spectrum Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training and immersive game applications. Dr. Garrett leads various R&D teams with the responsibility for practical evaluation of emerging technologies and identification of next generation architectures supporting scientific and operational needs. His interests include the application of M&S principals for computational dynamics, analytics and autonomous system controls. His interests also include the effective use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for immersive games and robotics.
Dr. Garrett holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas and M.S. from Marshall University and earned his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University with a degree in M&S. He served in the military as a Naval Officer where he held many leadership positions including that of Commanding Officer. His industry experience includes positions as Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator (PI), and Technical Director for large corporations. Dr. Garrett serves on regional, state, and national boards to include task forces addressing information technology standards and policies.
Dayna Downing is the program manager for the simulation program for Children’s Health System of Texas, where she is responsible for the vision, long-range strategy, and overall quality and sustainability of the simulation program. She serves the international simulation community as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) chairperson for the Government Relations Subcommittee and the Vice Chairperson for the External Strategic Relations Committee. Dayna has further contributed to the international healthcare simulation community as a subject matter expert and item writer for both the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist and the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator examinations. She has also contributed as an associate editor and member of the Terminology and Concepts Working Group for the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary published by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She is invited annually to speak and present simulation workshops on the topics of process improvement and team communication.
Dayna’s healthcare experience began as a Medical Service Specialist in the United States Air Force. Prior to joining Children’s Health, she worked in the operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as a member of the Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine team. Dayna’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland.
The National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)
RADM Robb’s last assignment was as the Director, Fleet Readiness Division (N43), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. He assumed this position in October 2004. Robb is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, but was raised in northern Virginia. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, earned a Master’s of Science degree from the University of West Florida in 1973, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974.
A veteran Navy combat pilot, RADM Robb served, among numerous other assignments, as officer in command of TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School. Navy Staff Flag assignments included service as the Director of Aviation Plans and Requirements (N880) and as Director of Fleet Readiness (N43). His civilian career has included working as an independent consultant, specializing in strategic planning, joint operations, defense acquisition reform and global political/military affairs. Robb has assumed the roll of President of NTSA in 2012.
Rick is CEO & Director, CRTN Solutions, LLC. His education includes a B.S. degree, Economics, U.S. Naval Academy; an M.S. in Systems Management, University of Southern California; and graduation from the Navy’s advanced nuclear engineering and nuclear propulsion technology training programs. He served in the navy for 23 years, with submarine command and post-command experience. He is a member of the Foundation for Innovation, a Virginia economic development organization, serving on its Board, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Global Institute for Cyber Security & Research. He is also a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. In recent years, working with NASA, he served as Program Coordinator & Industry Liaison for the Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE), a unique program promoting STEM education and practical experience in distributed simulation leading to post-graduation employment. He is a past member of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO), an international 501(c)3; in which he served as Chair, SISO Executive Committee; and Chair, SISO Conference Committee.
His research over the past 24 years has included technology and human performance study, use of M&S for training and assessment, and the application of human factors in design and training implementation — consulting in the areas of human performance assessment and improvement, training, education, and modeling and simulation. He has authored and/or contributed to over two dozen articles, papers, and technical reports addressing training, human performance, and return on investment.
Biographies of Standing Committee Members
SAIC Fellow, Solutions Architect
Lisa Jean Bair is a Solutions Architect for SAIC’s Training and Simulation Service Line. Within NMSC, she leads the Community Outreach and Public Awareness (COPA) standing committee, and is editor-in-chief of the NMSC Newsletter. Her areas of expertise include M&S validation, social network analysis, Agent Based Simulation (ABS), Multiple Objective Decision Analysis (MODA), Multi-Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT), and analysis. Her experience includes concept development and experimentation; analyses of alternatives; complex decision problems; requirements evaluation; M&S planning use; test and evaluation; and validation analysis. Ms. Bair has conducted original research that established a comprehensive multi-agent system taxonomy and in the development of foundational principals and a framework for M&S validation. An accomplished researcher, she as authored 20 peer-reviewed publications. Her paper, M&S Professionals Domains, Skills, Knowledge, and Applications, received the Best Paper award, Policy, Standards, Management and Acquisition Track, I/ITSEC 2013. Ms. Bair holds an M.S. in Operations Research from The College of William and Mary and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University.
Program Director, National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling & Simulation
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bob Armstrong is Director, Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning, Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). There he administers a staff of 22 full-time and 80+ part-time professionals, including staff, educators, technicians, and standardized patients. Bob is also Program Director for the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS), responsible for development of collaborative partnerships, personnel management, integration, and external funding. Additionally, he is EVMS Director of Corporate Relations, focused on creating commercial outlets for EVMS generated research, development, and services.
Prior to EVMS, Bob worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided M&S-based analysis, developed M&S training tools, and drafted M&S policy for Department of Defense clients. Before that, he was Director of Technology at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University. In 2010, he served as Program Chair for the MODSIM World Conference.
In military service, Bob completed a twenty-year career in U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. Bob deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Restore Hope, and served in Kuwait, Okinawa Japan, and Seoul South Korea with the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions. When not leading Marines as an artillery officer, he directed Marine Corps simulation centers and led a $350 million effort to enhance Marine Corps readiness through the application of M&S.
Mr. Armstrong is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, and a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science.
Director (acting), Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center
Dr. Eric Weisel is Director for Applied Research at Old Dominion University, and Acting Director, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC). Within NMSC, he serves as the lead for the Industrial Development/Business Practice Standing Committee. Dr. Weisel received a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation from Old Dominion University in 2004, an M.S. in Operations Research from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1988. At ODU, he leads technology innovation with an entrepreneurial approach for academic and commercial research enterprises. Prior to entering the technology research field, he served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer on three Los Angeles class attack submarines and various Navy and joint staffs, with experience in nuclear engineering, navigation, and submarine battle group operations. Following military service and academic work, he founded and operated two small technology businesses, and served for two years in business development for a Fortune 100 company. He is active in local government in Virginia. Dr. Weisel serves on the Board of Advisors for the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. He has recently served on the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science Modeling & Simulation Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Gloucester County Planning Commission. Within the professional community, Dr. Weisel has served as the Deputy Program Chair for the MODSIM World Conference, and on the Program Committees for the I/ITSEC and Winter Simulation Conferences. He is an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University teaching courses in Operations Research and Modeling and Simulation.