Ten pioneers of simulation technology are set to be inducted into the National Center for Simulation (NCS) Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame this week.
The inaugural ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 26 (local time) at the Orange County Convention Center in Central Florida.
Among those who will take their place in the Hall of Fame is Edwin Albert Link, an aviation and simulation pioneer who helped found The Link Foundation, which provides grants for simulation and training projects, among other initiatives.
NCS President and CEO Tom Baptiste has expressed his excitement at being able to honour such an esteemed and respected group of simulation pioneers.
"We're excited to recognise these passionate and dedicated people who have made significant contributions to the growth of Modeling and Simulation," said Mr Baptiste in a statement published by Team Orlando – a special partnership between the military and the modelling and simulation industry designed to further United States' security endeavours.
Meet the honorees
Other individuals set to join Mr Link in the NCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame include Vince Amico, who spent more than 30 years in the simulation industry helping design some of the first training simulation technologies used by the US Navy.
He'll be joined by Albert Henry Marshall, whose work had a major role in the development of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) – a military training tool that simulates actual warfare using lasers and blank cartridges in place of live ammunition.
Priscilla Getchell – the only female member of this year's Hall of Fame class – was a WWII Link Trainer instructor who served as a member of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVE) Corps.
Dr Richard Dehmel, Luis de Florez, the Honourable Lou Frey, Paul Francis Gorman, Dr John Hitt and John Jumper round out the list of entrants.