ARA Staff Receive DHS Under Secretary Awards

Two teams with ARA employees received Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science & Technology awards for Collaboration In a Matrix Dec. 6.

The award “recognizes exceptional, collaborative efforts within S&T’s new operating model to provide significant contributions to support the DHS mission by exercising joint accountability, effectively leveraging cross-Directorate resources, and increasing unity of effort.” 

The two teams and ARA recipients are:

  • Fiber Optic Distributed Sensing (FODS) Transition Team, which successfully installed, tested, evaluated, and operationally demonstrated a prototype land border incursion detection capability. Hans Petry of ARA supported the effort.
  • Operations and Requirements Analysis Customer Engagement Team, which established an enduring process for DHS-wide research and development coordination. The team is led by ARA’s Greg McIntyre and also includes ARA’s Jean Chipman, Jesse Coleman, Greg McIntyre, Amber Sanders, and Howard Smith.

ARA’s Michael Rochefort also accepted an award for his team’s actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

About ARA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and innovative solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 2,000 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.