2014 Award Recipients


In his remarks at the award ceremonies throughout his 48 years of involvement in them, Dr. Arthur S. Flemming always thanked the honorees for "going the extra mile in service to their country."

2014 Arthur S. Flemming Award Winners

Captain John-Paul P. Adrian, United States Air Force, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, 86th. Mission Support Group, 86th. Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
Captain John-Paul P. Adrian has distinguished himself as Operations Officer, 569th United States Forces Police Squadron, 86th Mission Support Group, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014. While deployed as the Technical Support Team Officer, Office of Defense Cooperation, Pakistan, Captain Adrian’s leadership was vital to the Pakistan Military’s implementation of new security concepts across their installations, culminating in the publication of two new military regulations which brought these concepts to the entire force. Additionally, he managed the unhindered operation of 45 advanced F-16 aircraft in Pakistani airspace, facilitating the Pakistan Air Force’s first use of the advanced multi-role fighter aircraft in the fight against terrorism inside the borders of Pakistan supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Furthermore, his actions led to the establishment of emergency incident command during in-flight emergencies for the Pakistan advanced fighter aircraft. Finally, his leadership as Operations Officer ensured the safety and security of 53,000 United States citizens in the Kaiserslautern Military Community through effects-based air provost and security operations. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Adrian reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Dr. Dean DeLongchamp, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Dr. Dean M. DeLongchamp is recognized for outstanding federal service through his scientific accomplishments as a chemical engineer in the initiation, growth, and development of a flexible electronics research program that works closely with an emerging industry sector with products such as flexible displays, electronics on fabrics, and photovoltaic plastic sheets. Specifically, he has made significant advancements in the areas of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and other methods that provided key criteria needed to design new organic transistor and organic photovoltaics materials. The impact of  Dr. DeLongchamp’s work can be seen from the significant interest by industry to use his research results; the synthesis of new commercial materials inspired by his work; external awards; organization of international workshops and meetings; publication citations (4000+, h-index of 33); and 70+ invited seminars. Through his scientific work, his interactions with industry, and his contributions as a reviewer and advisor to other Government agencies, Dr. DeLongchamp has had positive and lasting impact on organic electronics and photovoltaics research in the United States and around the world.

Jason Dunn, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, D.C.
Jason Dunn is recognized for his outstanding service as a DOJ senior attorney to the people and the environment of the United States through his tireless enforcement of the Clean Air Act against violations by operators of coal fired power plants. Unlawful emissions from these facilities pose risks to the environment, through degradation of forests and streams from acid rain, and to the public by subjecting sensitive segments of the population to increased risks of asthma and heart disease. For nearly his entire 13 year tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Dunn has been at the forefront of this enforcement initiative which, to date, has resulted in settlements that are requiring over $16 billion in new pollution controls and that will remove more than 2.4 million tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from the air each year.

Joy Ferguson, U.S Department of Energy - Russia Office, Washington D.C.
Joy Ferguson served as both the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Russia Office from 2012 to 2014. During 2014 she personally shepherded several high level bilateral agreements that have been vital to the continuation and progress of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) nonproliferation mission. She routinely represented the Department at the highest levels of both the U.S. and Russian government and industry as a diplomat and a technical expert. She supported negotiations of two new agreements: the U.S.-Russia Research & Development Agreement, and the Protocol and Implementing Agreement to the Multilateral Nuclear and Environmental Program in the Russian Federation. Her contributions to these negotiations provided the framework needed to continue important nuclear security cooperation with Russia following the expiration of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Agreement. Ms. Ferguson provided DOE headquarters with critical analysis, insights, and recommendations on implementation of DOE/NNSA programs following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She excelled in this assignment, adapted to a tough environment, and was an extremely valuable resource for DOE and NNSA.

Alessandro Ferruci, U.S. Census Bureau, Innovation & Technology Office, Suitland, Maryland
Mr. Ferrucci is nominated for his significant accomplishments as Lead Computer Scientist over the past year for the Census Bureau, both domestically and internationally, related to system engineering and data collection activities. His outstanding efforts were a major contributing factor in the historical completion of the population censuses for both Kenya and Bangladesh. Mr. Ferrucci was also instrumental in the inception of the Census Image Retrieval Application for the 2010 Decennial Census; the creation of a state-of- the-art color drop out and de-skewing system for data collection; and, the development of a real-time operational control system for both the enumeration and the mapping and listing collection components. Further, Mr. Ferrucci's research and engineering efforts related to the creation of a Bureau-wide Data Collection Eco-System have been critical as the Census Bureau embarks on preparations for the 2020 Census and other population censuses abroad.

Bridget Fitzpatrick, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
Bridget Fitzpatrick has had outstanding success as Supervisory Trial Counsel in trying some of the Securities and Exchange Commission's most noteworthy legal cases. Most recently, in 2014, She led the trial team that obtained a favorable jury verdict against the Wyly brothers for fraudulently concealing securities trading through a complex web of offshore trusts. She unraveled the defendants' scheme and presented a compelling case to the jury, showing that the Wylys use of offshore trusts was just a sham to hide their trading in the securities of publicly- held companies in which they held significant interests. Ms. Fitzpatrick also successfully offered the court a novel theory for measuring the defendants' unlawful gains by looking to the amount of U.S. taxes they avoided by buying and selling offshore. Not only did that provide a basis for a judgment of hundreds of millions of dollars against the Wylys, but it also serves as a valuable deterrent and warning to others who might try to hide their securities transactions by conducting them offshore.

Dr. Joshua A. Hagen, U.S Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Dr. Joshua A. Hagen distinguished himself as Research Materials Engineer, Molecular Signatures Program, Human Signatures Branch, Human Centered Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, from 28 February 2011 to 31 December 2014. Dr. Hagen has greatly improved the health and performance of Airmen and other warfighters through the development of a suit of wearable sensors to serve as the equivalent of a human dashboard. His accomplishments have been focused on two fronts: improving the performance of a healthy warfighter and improving the care of an injured warfighter by improving the ability of healthcare providers to monitor patients in austere environments. Dr. Hagen’s wearable, wireless, BAND-AID® like sensors are a phenomenal improvement over existing technology alternatives dramatically improving the current state of the art in this field. He is the go-to subject matter expert for wearable sensors due to his significant accomplishments and achievements in rapidly transitioning research into prototypes and resources for inclusion in development of new programs. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Hagen reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Katherine Helmick, U.S. Army – MRMC Defense Centers of Excellence for PH/TBI, Silver Spring, Maryland
Ms. Katherine Helmick serves as the Deputy Director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center overseeing the staff within Research, Education and Clinical Affairs divisions and Chief of Staff. In 2014, she led and provided the necessary vision for the development of the novel clinical recommendation entitled "Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." Ms. Helmick championed the effort to transform a vast quantity of civilian and wartime 1essons learned and clinical experience into the first of its kind, stepwise guidelines for providers to return concussed patients back to duty with a supervised, logical, and medically sound approach. This clinical recommendation includes guidance for the primary care provider and rehabilitation specialist as well as training materials to ensure that they understand and are able to easily execute the content. Available to the Military Health System, as well the entire medical community at large, the "Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” has been praised by the TBI community as having a monumental impact on patient recovery.

Dr. David Miller, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dr. David Miller is a force of innovative leadership as Technical Director the Department of Energy's Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). The Initiative is providing an essential and much needed capability to improve the development of carbon capture and related technologies. The multi­disciplinary team that he guides spans several institutions across the United States and has successfully created, and continues to advance, innovative computational tools and models to accelerate the scale-up and deployment of cost-effective carbon capture technologies. Since the inception of the project, Dr. Miller has led the technical team to develop the CCSI Toolset, a set of computational tools that allows industry to more rapidly develop, scale-up, and deploy carbon capture technologies. The initial release in October 2012 was a full year ahead of schedule due to industry demand, and the subsequent releases - the latest in October 2014 - have received positive feedback and were immediately adopted by industry. Dr. Miller's continued leadership of CCSI will greatly improve the ability of U.S. companies to develop cost-effective carbon capture and related technologies.

Lara A. Schoenenberger, U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Ms. Lara A. Schoenenberger distinguished herself as Section Chief, Contingency Construction at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. She led a team of 33 military, civilian and government support contractor personnel supporting United States and Coalition military members by directing reconstruction efforts across Afghanistan. She managed the construction of the $171 million Afghan Ministry of Defense complex that will house the National Military Command Center and includes 10 additional facilities with supporting infrastructure. This capstone project will enable national military autonomy for the Afghan Government and facilitate the drawdown of Coalition support. Additionally, Ms. Schoenenberger  led 8 other construction projects worth more than $400 million, significantly increasing the capacity of the Afghan National Police, Army and Air Corps and which were vital in enabling the first peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history. Her strategic vision and interpersonal skills enabled her to partner with two supporting agencies and streamline the Civil Engineer Center’s contract award cycle, cutting 10 days from the normal 140 day timeline.

P. Benjamin Smith, Indian Health Service, Office of Tribal Governance, Rockville, Maryland
Mr. Benjamin Smith demonstrates exceptional leadership as the Director of the Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG) for the Indian Health Service (IHS). His leadership has ensured the success of the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Program in which over 350 Tribes participate, either directly or through Tribal Organizations and Inter-Tribal consortia. The Tribal Self-Governance Program has proven to have a significant positive impact on the health and well-being of participating Tribal communities. Mr. Smith's commitment and dedication to the successful implementation of the IHS Self-Governance program in the IHS led to the construction of an effective Self-Governance office within the IHS and the establishment of an IHS culture with enhanced business practices to prioritize and strengthen the government-to­-government partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native Governments.

Daniel Tenny, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, Washington D.C.
Daniel Tenny joined the Appellate Staff of the Department of Justice's Civil Division in 2009.  He has proved himself to be an appellate attorney of the highest order and has achieved victories in some of the Department's most important and sensitive appellate cases. Mr. Tenny has been one of the principal architects of the federal government's successful challenges to state laws that impose restrictions on undocumented aliens that are preempted by federal law. He has defended measures that protect the public health and safety, including his successful defense of the Tobacco Control Act of 2010 and recently persuaded an en banc court of appeals to broadly sustain government authority to require manufacturers to disclose relevant information to consumers. Mr. Tenny has consistently displayed an unparalleled ability to evaluate a complex legal problem. distil its essence and present the government's position in a manner so compelling that its merit cannot be denied. His federal service also includes a clerkship with Judge David Tatel on the D.C. Circuit and a Supreme Court clerkship with Justice David Souter.