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Co-Founder Higgins Retires from ARA Board;
ATSC's Fuchs Elected to Open Seat


Sidney E. Fuchs
Sidney E. Fuchs

Applied Research Associates’ Board of Directors has welcomed a new board member with the election of Sidney E. Fuchs after ARA co-founder Dr. Cornelius J. Higgins retired from the Board in August and was named Chairman Emeritus.

“I am honored to be elected as a new ARA board member and look forward to working with the board to maintain the company’s high level of performance and its commitment to our long-term objective of increasing customer success and employee ownership value,” Fuchs said.

Fuchs was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ATS Corp. earlier this year. ATSC is a leading provider of full life-cycle IT systems solutions, consulting services and infrastructure support to federal civilian agencies, Department of Defense, public safety and national security customers, and commercial enterprises.

He previously served as the president and CEO of OAO Technology Solutions Inc., which was acquired in January 2010, and has more than 25 years experience in the intelligence, national security, aerospace and defense, federal government and commercial markets.

Before joining OAOT, Fuchs was a corporate officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, and held the position of president and CEO of TASC Inc., a $1.2 billion Northrop subsidiary that provided systems-engineering expertise to the intelligence, aerospace and defense markets. Fuchs was director of global strategic services at Rational Software and managed teams responsible for the design and implementation of commercial and government software systems worldwide. Fuchs was also director of advanced programs at Oracle Corp. and at Digital Equipment Corp.

Fuchs is a former CIA officer, having served at domestic and foreign posts and on assignment with the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office. He was commissioned this year by Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell to the Global Strategies Council and was appointed in 2008 by the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence as a member of the Defense Science Board’s Permanent Task Force on Intelligence.  Upon nomination by the White House in 2002, he was appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the Board of Visitors at the National Defense University.

Fuchs earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He has also completed executive programs at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“Sid brings tremendous experience and valuable input to the ARA Board and we are looking forward to his contributions,” said Dr. John J. Healey, ARA Chairman of the Board.

A co-founder of ARA, Dr. Higgins has more than 40 years of experience in applied mechanics, structural and geotechnical dynamics, experimental simulation, data analysis, physical modeling, systems engineering and probabilistic analysis. His research career began in 1962 as a civil engineering officer at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr. Higgins went on to work for the University of New Mexico, and he left the university in 1979 to establish ARA.

“As co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for the past 31 years, Dr. Higgins provided the guidance and leadership that fueled ARA’s dynamic growth from two to 1,400 employees,” said Dr. Robert H. Sues, ARA’s CEO and President.