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The Institute’s 12th Navigator Awards ceremony marked the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Potomac Institute. Past honorees include General Alfred Gray, Jr., former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, (2000); General Keith Alexander, USA, former Director of the National Security Agency, (2006); Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and CEO of Tesla Motors, (2010); Congressman Mike Rogers, former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (2012); and James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (2012).
The Potomac Institute’s Navigator Awards recognize individuals who have sought bold solutions to national challenges. These leaders – hailing from Congress, the Administration, and the private sector – have striven to improve science and technology policy throughout their careers. They not only work to diagnose the problems of today, but also actively address the demands of the future, allowing our country to operate from a position of confidence, preparedness, and strength. The 2015 Navigator Awardees: The Honorable Mac Thornberry, The Honorable Alan Shaffer, and Dr. David Brin.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies was pleased to host the 11th Navigator Awards Dinner on June 21, 2012, recognizing the achievements of The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Mr. Abe Karem, Founder and President of Karem Aircraft. Click below to watch video of the event.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that four of the nation's leading innovators in the area of science and technology received Navigator Awards at a banquet at the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, October 21. The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Navigator Awards are traditionally presented to members of Congress and to representatives of the executive branch, industry and academia in recognition of their distinguished contributions in the arena of science and technology. The Navigator Award is named as a tribute to those leaders in science and technology who act as pathfinders in the pursuit of knowledge.
This year's awardees are: Arden L. Bement, Jr., PhD, former Director of the National Science Foundation; Jeffrey Wadsworth, PhD, President and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Foundation; Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors; and Gerald Edelman, MD, PhD, Director of The Neurosciences Institute, President of Neurosciences Research Foundation, and a Nobel laureate (1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine). See below for bios and photos of this year's winners.
The Ninth Annual Navigator Awards were held on July 23, 2008 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
2008 Navigator Honorees:
Legislative Branch: The Honorable John D. Rockefeller IV, United States Senator, West Virginia
Executive Branch: The Honorable J. Michael McConnell, Director, National Intelligence
Executive Branch: The Honorable William Jeffrey, Ph.D., Former Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Academic President’s Award: Professor Yonah Alexander, Ph.D., Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow
CEO’s Award: Michael Lowe, Director, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO)
Navigator Awards recognize extraordinary individuals from the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Private Sector who have made significant contributions to further science and technology policy development in the United States. The Institute believes that honoring these leaders for their accomplishments promotes a continued understanding of science and technology and its growing impact on government and society.
The Eighth Annual Navigator Awards were held June 27, 2007 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 2007 Navigator Honorees were:
Executive Branch: The Honorable John Young, Jr., Director, Defense Research and Engineering
Executive Branch: The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Under Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Legislative Branch: The Honorable Jim Moran, United States Congressman, Virginia
The Seventh Annual Navigator Awards were held June 27, 2006 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 2006 Navigator Honorees were:
Executive Branch: LTG Keith B. Alexander, USA, Director, National Security Agency
Executive Branch: Dr. John Marburger, Science Advisor to the President, and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Legislative Branch: The Honorable Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III, United States Congressman, Maryland
Lifetime Achievement: Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.)—Posthumous Award
The Sixth Annual Navigator Awards were held June 28, 2005 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
This year's honorees included:
Governor James S. Gilmore III (former Governor of Virginia and current Partner at Kelley, Drye and Warren)
Congressman Peter Hoekstra (Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence)
The Honorable Sean O’Keefe (Chancellor, Louisiana State University and former Administrator, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D. (Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University)
The Fourth Annual Navigator Awards Ceremony Was Held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C.
2003 Navigator Awardees
Legislative Branch Awardee: The Honorable Sherwood L. Boehlert - U.S. Congressman, New York
Executive Branch Awardee: Anthony Tether, Ph.D.- Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Private Sector Awardee: John Rennie - Editor in Chief, Scientific American
2002 Navigator Award Winners:
Legislative Branch Awardee: The Honorable Pat Roberts - U.S. Senator, Kansas
Legislative Branch Awardee: The Honorable Tom Davis - U.S. Congressman, Virginia
Executive Branch Awardee: Dr. Rita Colwell - Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Private Sector Awardee: Mr. Gilman Louie - President and Chief Executive Officer, In-Q-Tel
2001 Navigator Award Winners
Legislative Branch Awardee: Senator Jeff Bingaman - United States Senator, New Mexico
Executive Branch Awardee: Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II - President, National Defense University
Private Sector Awardee: Dr. Joseph V. Braddock - Founder, BDM